slow down and give thanks

I recently started reading a blog by Jeff Goins.  This week he has been blogging each day and setting the challenge to slow down. His blog today was all on gratitude. Please check out his blog if you are interested in reading more!

Below are some direct quotes from him, with photos that I took when I visited my local beach!  It was a windy, icy day but I was so thankful to be there and it was spectacular!

“One of the curses of living in such a fast-paced society is that we tend to take things for granted. We overlook everyday blessings, oblivious to the fact that life itself is a gift. And if we’re not careful, we can find ourselves rushing through each day, less and less grateful, which is no way to live.”


slow down and notice nature…

“Part of the reason we learn to say “thanks” for the seemingly small things is that it helps us appreciate the “big” things in life when they do come.

And the other reason is that as we learn to appreciate the small, we realize it is all big.”


Notice the small (not that the sun is small!) everyday things.

“We learn to stop waiting for tomorrow or a better break and finally embrace where we are, right now. Which hopefully by now we can say is a very good place.”


“Be grateful for the moments that slow you down, the ones that cause you to take your time. Use these opportunities to appreciate what you already have and tend to miss. As you do, see how much better life looks, and actually is, when you approach it with gratitude.”

6 thoughts on “slow down and give thanks

  1. Nice pictures of the beach Mum! They look really proffesional. I will try and slow down and enjoy all the things I am doing, in and out of school.
    Love Noah xxx


  2. Lovely photos Rebekah! I have slowed down after my redundancy at work! And I am appreciating the small things and am thankful for the time In between jobs to see the good things and enjoying time with the people I have around me! Including you! Xx


  3. Rebekah,
    Personally speaking, I think it is true that ” you don’t know how fast you are going until you slow down”! It seems that an event (e.g. illness, loss, change in circumstances, stress overload) occurs which forces you to get off the merry-go round of a very busy life. At this time, if you pay careful attention to what your body and mind dictates, you are enriched by the quieter moments. Now, I delight in the moments where I can watch the changing colours of a sunset or sunrise, or the moments when I can capture the showy flights of a butterfly. These are the treasures that money can’t buy!
    Finally, a habit I have maintained for many years when I am stressed is to firstly write down “my thankful points”, then my “stressors”. When I focus on my “thankful points”, the “stressors” are minimalized.
    Keep up your “wisdom” and Noah, I really enjoy your comments!


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