Recently I fell and fractured my ankle. On the second day of wearing a support boot, I began to see the daily things in life that I took for granted. It is amazing the small things you suddenly can’t do. I think it is not until you are in a situation where you are unable to do things that you really realise how many daily things in life you do take for granted.
In the mornings, I used to get up and go for a walk. I enjoyed the beautiful fresh air and the sounds of the birds, often even before the sun was up. I walked daily 10,000 steps so being unable to move about freely was certainly going to be a challenge for me.
In the first few days of having a fractured ankle, I’ve realised how blessed I am to have; freedom, choice, mobility, flexibility and positivity in my life.
Naturally, I’m in this predicament from a fall I had when out hiking. The consequence of the injury is one I take responsibility for. I walked on the injured ankle for quite a while after my initial fall. Which I don’t recommend. At the time, I didn’t think it was broken or that bad. However, just a few days into a month of rest with my leg up in a moon support boot, I’ve realised how much I’ve taken for granted.
The meaning of taken for granted.
I define taken for granted not seeing the value or appreciating something. The understanding I have of the phrase is similar to that in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The dictionary defines the meaning of taken for granted as;
1. to assume something as true. or to be expected. An example is to assume you are invited to a party as if it is a given.
2. to value something or someone too lightly or to fail to properly notice or appreciate someone or something. The list of 21 daily things taken for granted that we shouldn’t belong to this meaning.
Daily Activities taken for granted.
Walking: Being able to walk easily from room to room or outside. I say room to room as just moving to get earplugs for my iPhone last night was an effort. I had left them at the computer and wanted them to do a guided meditation in bed. Wow, the energy needed to get the earphones from the next room.
Freedom of choice and travel: Flexibility to be able to go where I choose, get in the car and drive.
Grocery shopping: Seeing what I need when out doing the groceries. I ordered the groceries online as I could not walk around the shops. Being able to do shopping online is a big bonus. But, because I normally pick up things that don’t make the shopping list because I know I won’t forget them, I forgot to add milk to the shopping. Fortunately, my husband popped out after work to get the milk.
Family, I don’t take for granted, but at present, I really appreciate how much extra my husband is doing around the home or for me. Carry my food to the dinner table, bring me cups of tea or coffee, and checking I have everything I need around me so I don’t need to get up and move too often.
Grateful for a small bag of goodies.
One of the things I did as soon as I realised my ankle was worse than I thought was to get a bag and put in a few things that I use each day, like a book to read, my iPad, a phone charger, a drink bottle, a light cardigan, my wallet and my phone. This is the accessory pack that moves around the home with me, saving me energy as I go about my day of recuperating and blogging.
The little accessory bag to help my day go smoother is something I can control. Another thing I can control is how I see each day. I can choose to be positive and have a happy day.
It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.Ellen Degeneres
21 Daily things that are often taken for granted
There are so many things each day to be appreciative of, things within our control and things not within our control.
- The air you breathe. Be grateful for each new day and the clean air you breathe.
- Waking up in a comfortable bed. Be grateful for a comfortable bed and a good night’s sleep. As there are so many people who don’t have this luxury.
- Having a roof over your head. With so many people being homeless, be grateful to have shelter, a place to call home.
- You have running hot and cold water. Hot and cold water is a luxury that many parts of the world still don’t have. Be grateful for instant access to water.
- Clean clothes to wear. Open your wardrobe and see lots of clothes. Be grateful that you have a choice and a variety of clean clothes to wear.
- Opening the blinds to a beautiful day. Every day is a new day. Be grateful for each beautiful day. Some people don’t wake up to a new beautiful day.
- You have food to eat. Be grateful for the wide range of food you have to eat. As, throughout the world, people are starving.
- Your family is well and supportive. Your family supports you in many ways. Just being there. Loving you. Thinking of you. Encouraging you to reach your dreams or firing you up to push on.
- The laughter of your children and the chatter of your friends. Say hello to someone as it may be the only words they hear today. Laugher and chatter are the connections of the world.
- The technology you have at your fingertips that helps you daily. Your computer, your phone, your iPad. You have an office in your pocket today. Just having a mobile phone provides access to the world. Knowledge at your fingertips.
- The power of electricity. Be grateful to be able to switch lights on and off. Appreciate the ability to keep food cold and heat food up. Be thankful for the ability to charge your devices, they keep you connected.
- The endless opportunities in the world today. The world truly is your oyster. The fact that there are endless opportunities today is such a blessing. Be thankful for all the opportunities this modern world provides.
- The sunshine. Love the beautiful sunny day. Find time to spend at least 20 minutes out in the sunshine absorbing the sun and nature each day.
- Wonderful connections. Stay connected with family and friends in person or over the internet. Be thankful that even when you live so far away you can still be connected.
- The beauty of time. Time is plentiful, you have time to enjoy the day and know how to embrace moments of time.
- Your amazing senses. You can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Your senses combined with your feelings give you the ability to use your imagination and creativity.
- Travel and transportation. You have access to transport to go to places. Car, buses, trains and planes are all accessible.
- Internet and resources. You have access to the Internet, the latest information and access to resources to help you go about your day.
- Health and wellbeing. You have your health and access to health facilities.
- Personal development. You have access to books, podcasts and webinars that help you with personal growth.
- Appreciation and love. Somebody loves you and appreciates you. This is something not to be taken for granted. Rember to love yourself too.
Coffee is calling. I now smell the beautiful aroma of coffee. As I slowly make my way to the kitchen, I appreciate that I have the time to enjoy each moment of the day. And enjoy coffee. Starbucks is one thing I read that American’s take for granted. Coffee really is a luxury in life.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.Oprah Winfrey
5 simple ways to be appreciative.
One of the best ways to be positive and happy is to be appreciative and develop a grateful heart. Here are a few ways to be thankful daily.
- Take time to think about your day and the things you might take for granted.
- Write down a few things each day that you are grateful for.
- Say a prayer of thanks for the day.
- Give blessings and thanks for the food you eat each day.
- Tell someone you appreciate them. Say thank you. Let your loved ones know they are appreciated too.
Don’t take daily things for granted. I read recently a quote ‘The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.‘ This is so true.
I’ve been fortunate enough to assist in villages in third-world countries without running water or electricity. Where there is insufficient food for the family. When you experience this, you appreciate so much more.
Even in our own towns, there are people without shelter, living in poverty. Therefore as you go about your day, don’t presume that everyone has access to all the wonderful things you do. Give thanks and count the blessings you have. Live with an attitude of gratitude.
What are you thankful for today? Share in the comments below.