“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” –A.A. Milne

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Little Man is a bit obsessed with Winnie-the-Pooh right now, so when I found this quote I thought it would be the perfect way to begin my Motivation Mondays post.

A student asked me recently why I’m always so happy.  I asked her what she meant.

“You never look mad,” she told me.  “I never see you upset.  You’re always smiling.”

I have to admit, it caught me a little by surprise.  My first thought was, Well, I’m glad I’ve got the populace fooled.

Then, I thought about it for a second.  And had my answer.

“There are a lot of bad things happening in the world,” I told her.  “We hear it on the news all the time.  And, for the most part, none of those things are happening to me, or people I love.  So I figure my life is pretty good.  I should be grateful, and happy.”

At the moment, it seemed like a good “teacher answer.”  But even as I said it, I realized it was true.

My big worries right now are not big. I have an adorable, sweet son and a wonderful partner who’s my best friend.  We are healthy.  We live comfortably, in a lovely, safe neighborhood that we love.  I have a great job that I love and am good at.  Life is good.

And for that, I am grateful.

Do I have things I could complain about?  Sure.  My life isn’t perfect.  I get stressed, annoyed, frustrated.  But in light of what I realized in that short conversation, I know that I need to stay focused on the Big Picture.

Life is good, and I’m grateful.