As I sit here reply­ing to mes­sages and prepar­ing my list of activ­i­ties (chores) for the day, I came across this video I’d sent to a friend in Octo­ber. It struck a chord with me then, and even more now as I look over a grove of trees through which the sun is shin­ing and the wind is gen­tly blow­ing. I’m reflect­ing on the last sev­er­al weeks on the road. I’m so tru­ly grate­ful for the oppor­tu­ni­ties I’ve had that enable this sort of trip in the first place. I’m over­joyed by the con­nec­tions I’ve made with peo­ple I’d nev­er ordi­nar­i­ly meet. I’m awed by the incred­i­ble diver­si­ty in land­scape and cul­ture I’ve expe­ri­enced, and dou­bly awed by the incred­i­ble sin­cer­i­ty and kind­ness of each indi­vid­ual I’ve met along the way.

One thing that makes me a bit sour is that I’ve done very lit­tle in the way of updates here; in fact, you still need to hear about the trip with Chris­tianne, and the trip to Geor­gia, North and South Car­oli­na before that, a bar called Cry­ba­bies and the hor­ror of Hilton Head island. I’ve been feel­ing a bit guilty about not updat­ing but truth­ful­ly, it takes a great deal of time to com­pose each of my posts, and I sim­ply run out of time each and every day I’m here and I’m quite con­tent to just enjoy each day so the updates may just con­tin­ue to be sparse..

Some days here are spent doing absolute­ly noth­ing, and oth­ers are filled with chores and excite­ment, either way, they dis­ap­pear so unbe­liev­ably fast. That obser­va­tion serves as a reminder that life itself is just as fleet­ing and how impor­tant it is to enjoy, nay rel­ish each day of our lives. I present you with my favourite com­ment from the afore­men­tioned film.. Please enjoy both the film and your day!

You think this is just anoth­er day, in your life. It’s not just anoth­er day. It’s, the one day that is giv­en to you, today. It’s giv­en to you; it’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appro­pri­ate response is grate­ful­ness.

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4 Responses to Grateful.

  1. Michelle says:

    I think most who have nev­er kept a blog would be sur­prised at the time it takes to keep one up. Enjoy being in the moment. Jot things down on paper to jog your mem­o­ry when you have time to write. That’s my trick. :)

  2. Jordan says:

    Thanks for the reas­sur­ance Michelle! I appre­ci­ate the sug­ges­tion of jot­ting on paper.. I’ve missed hav­ing a note­book on this trip, and I’m only just now real­iz­ing that I usu­al­ly have a lit­tle one in my pock­et.. Tomorrow’s task will be to find a lit­tle one to com­plete the trip with! — You rock! And for those of you read­ing this com­ment, def­i­nite­ly drop by Michelle’s blog! She’s got it down to an art now!

  3. Kali says:

    I echo the note­book idea. I find it real­ly help­ful to just jot down what hap­pened dur­ing the day in point form, then you will always know the sto­ry from that day with those sim­ple reminders. It doesn’t take more than 5 mins to jot notes in point form at the end of the day! Doo­dles are also accept­able. :)

  4. Jordan says:

    Hmm.. Two smart girls that I should real­ly lis­ten to.. Still haven’t man­aged to get the note­book yet, but I’m almost home for this trip any­way! :)