Last weekend I played soccer, and after the game our opposition hosted us for drinks and nibblies. It was a beautiful day for outdoor sport, cool air but no wind, the sun popping in and out of the clouds, and a nice green grass pitch that was neither too hard nor too muddy. It was perfect. A gift. A present.
And yet, I wondered, did all my team allow themselves to receive that gift? Or did they allow their focus on the outcome diminish the gift of the experience?
Sure, we lost 3-1 despite having played really well. This can be one of the frustrations of soccer that the scoreboard doesn’t always reflect the domination of play.
Over pizza and cake, I got chatting with some of the girls from our opposition and one of the topics we got onto was the realisation of how fortunate we are to be able to play this sport. When I sit back to think about the multitude of things that need to be in alignment to allow events like this to occur, there is no other way to feel than truly blessed.
My gratitude thoughts went something like this:
– I am physically healthy and capable of running around and playing this game
– My family are physically healthy and supportive which allows me the time to enjoy recreation endeavours
– There are enough other girls happy to also play to make both a team and an opposition
– As a girl I am free in this country to make choices, one of which is to enjoy sport
– I have the means to physically transport myself to the ground where the game is played
– The city I live in provides wonderful outdoor spaces for us to enjoy for recreation
– What an awesome day to be outside, to be alive!
And then my thoughts returned to a book gifted to my husband by a friend, which I would like to share with you:
This book reminded me to stop looking to the future for the gift of life, and remember to notice all the wonders that are in my life right now.
The best part about having the physical book, is the reminder of its message simply by seeing the book on the shelf, or on my desk. Once read, the story stays with you and the message can be received just by a glance at the books cover.
Because that is all we really need. Just a prompt. A reminder to be present. To return to gratefulness in this very moment.
The mere fact that you are reading this article implies that you have access to elecricity, and a computer. I will assume you are probably inside a building in a comfortable temperature-controlled environment. There is probably food in your belly, clothes on your back, and you have learnt how to read.
All of these things are gifts. They are presents in the present moment. You are abundantly blessed, and so am I. Infinite Love & Gratitude.