The last couple of weeks have seen something really exciting but also pretty stressful happening in the Norris household. I’ll share more when I can but while it has all been going on I’ve found my anxiety levels rising about things that are really beyond my control. Things that I just don’t need to worry about.
When things are going well in my life, I have a tendency towards thinking about the things that could happen to balance out the luck. Potential disasters and tragedies. If everything is going right, when will it all go wrong? It’s a waste of energy of course and could be a negative thought spiral but over the years I’ve learned to just put it to the back of my mind.
On Sunday morning when we were driving back from a night in Glasgow, we were listening to Richard Madeley on R2 interviewing Kat Edmonson. He asked her how heartbreaking it was waiting to be ‘discovered’, and waiting tables in the meantime. Her reply was typically tactful as required of an aspiring superstar but appeared genuine, saying that simply being given her talent was what made her happy and that whilst she could get a little down if her aspirations weren’t being fulfilled, all the rest was gravy. The recognition, the success and the money I suppose. The magical sauce that made everything else she already had on her plate even better.
That and hearing about some people who have been less fortunate recently (with health related problems that life threw at them,) made me think. Really, all the things I now aspire towards are just gravy. Whilst they are important and I’ll always be a goal orientated person, striving to make life that bit better, in many ways it can’t get better. Strip it back and I have a supportive loving husband, amazing friends, a close family, lovely house and job that I love doing. I’m sure many of you could go through that list and tick off most if not all of them too. How often do we count all our blessings and remember how lucky we are? Instead of striving forwards (or worrying about the future,) be grateful for the present. And remember that all the rest is just gravy.
What do you think readers? I hope I have inspired you to count your blessings today 🙂