May is a gorgeous time of year. Everywhere you look, new life is forming. Where there was barren land, flowers bloom. Bare, grey trees are springing to life in dresses of bright green. There are a lot of changes happening in my life, as well. From buying a house for the first time, to contemplating a major career change that would tie up all of my loose ends, I feel like an earthquake is happening to my life. I am being shaken up, tossed about, and ultimately reformed in a new shape, familiar and yet completely new at the same time.
In the midst of these changes I have become ungrounded. My head has been swimming with details and visions for the future. I have become caught up in the how, rather than releasing it and watching the events unfold. This afternoon I ran out to Starbucks on my lunch break to get some tea and almonds. As I sipped the iced green tea, I immediately paused, grateful for the lemony, cold flavor on my tongue. I realized in that moment that gratitude is gratitude. Whether it concerns buying a beautiful home, or just enjoying a sip of iced tea on a warm May day, the feeling is the same. I don’t need the big, eruptive changes to feel happy. Simple pleasures abound, and can bring just as much joy as the larger ones.