I've Arrived: A Moment of Gratitude (Aug. 5, 2018)

After lathering up my hands with the anti-aging face wash and smearing it all over my face and neck, I started with the circle ritual to exfoliate my pores. I stood all the way up and caught my own reflection in the mirror and it that moment I had a flashback.

I saw myself as a child, standing in only my underwear in a public bathroom, on a towel that was on the floor underneath me. I was frantically lathering up my body with the free bathroom soap on a rough washcloth and then wiping it off one rinsed handful at a time. I caught my own reflection with my face covered in soap and paused. My sister who was leaning against the bathroom door to keep others out while I 'showered' broke my chain of thought, "What are you doing? Hurry up and let's go!"

And then I blinked and I was back in my own bathroom, paused, staring at myself in my mirror. An overwhelming sense of calm and gratitude washed over my entire body. As I washed away the soap from my face and neck with a soft face cloth I thought to myself "I've arrived."

We spend a ridiculous amount of time getting caught up in what we want and often what we think we need in order to be happy. How much time do we spend truly appreciating where we are right now and how far we've come? Happiness lives in that place and once we allow ourselves to go there we will acknowledge how wonderful our lives are because the little things make them so. We've arrived.