I take it for granted that I get to help creative people live their dream lives.
I take it for granted that I have a husband and family and friends who are all-in supportive of me and my business.
I take it for granted that I have a healthy body.
I take it for granted that I live in one of the most politically liberal places in the country and that I can do and say and live however I want.
I take it for granted that I’m a fast writer, a big thinker, and a crazy dreamer.
I take it for granted that I have health insurance.
I take it for granted that I have not had a tragic life.
I take it for granted that I laugh every. Single. Day.
I take it for granted that my husband brings me coffee in bed every morning and washes the dishes most of the time.
I take it all for granted.
But that doesn't mean that I'm not incredibly grateful for all of it. I am. So. Fucking. Grateful.
There is a sense in this world that if you aren't struggling, things aren't worth it. That if you don't have a tragic one to tell, your story isn't one people will want to hear. That if you aren't a rise-from-the-ashes Phoenix, you don't know anything about life.
And the truth is that life is hard to all of us in a way that only we know. And beautiful to us in a way that only we know.
And yes, I do have blessings. So many blessings. And it's easy for others to look upon my blessings and think, "Oh. Well. Her life hasn't been hard like mine." and use that as an excuse for not chasing their dreams the way that I am chasing mine.
But I've also had my share of struggles. Of difficult, trying times when I've thought that things will never get better. But today, I choose to write about my blessings. And doing so doesn't make the struggles disappear, but it does shift focus.
And sometimes, a shift in focus is all we need to start moving in a different direction in our lives.(Click to tweet)
What are the blessings that you are taking for granted in your life? Where could you use a focus shift?
**photo by me; graphic by Erin Cassidy for Tiffany Han Coaching
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