Recently, I got the chance to sit down with Mama Ladybug and talk about gratitude. Mama Ladybug is a single mom of two small kids, who are 5 and 2. She’s also a lighting specialist.
What role does gratitude play in your life?
It gives me perspective and allows me to appreciate the here and now.
Do you have a gratitude practice?
I don’t have a formal one, but I very regularly remind myself that my problems are all First World problems. Most people struggle with much bigger issues- clean water, poverty, having enough to eat, being displaced. Whenever I think about lacking things that are symbols of success in our society, I remind myself that I am actually quite wealthy by worldwide standards. Our society’s symbols are not really that important in the big scheme of things.
What differences do you experience, both in your day-to-day life and in the Big Picture, after practicing gratitude?
Well, for example: maybe I’m in my kitchen, and I’m frustrated with how small it is or I don’t have some particular gadget, or it’s not my preferred decor. I remind myself that I have a fridge full of food to eat, that I can learn to make anything I want, or can order delivery. Anything I lack is easy to overcome.
Instead of being in a funk, I remind myself I’m lucky for all I have, and can find a way toward things I really want or need.
What are some things you are grateful for?
Oh, my family, both older and my kids. I’m grateful to all my friends who have supported me, to Alameda for being such a great place to live, to my company for being so great and giving me a good job, to anyone and everyone who babysits my kids so I can get some time off! I’m grateful to all the really excellent teachers I’ve had in my life.
Very very frequently, almost every day, I think about how grateful I am to the English teacher I had in highschool who forced us to learn grammar inside out- she should be sainted! I can write properly without thinking about it, I can correspond or write without needing help, I can read with good comprehension. All those things give me a huge leg up in the world.
Any other thoughts on gratitude you would like to share?
Cultivating a sense of gratitude in your life helps you to be appreciate what you have and who is in your life and those who help you. Notice all the good in your life! And also, gratitude opens the doorway to more good fortune. Good fortune comes to those who are thankful for it.