Simple Gratitude

Simple Gratitude

In Gratitude by Aura Eadon10 Comments

Keeping things simple is fast becoming a prevailing pattern in my life. From daily to personal to work matters, keeping things as simple as possible, avoiding overcomplicated states and solutions is consistently yielding better results. Also, less stressful situations. I believe this shift in my perception is happening because I am abandoning the black-and-white thought patterns, one after another. An ongoing process that sometimes seems difficult because there are layers upon layers of unconscious thoughts that compel me to function in specific ways and create feelings of despair and inadequacy. My work, my primary work, is to identify and unravel these thoughts and then let them go, thus earning my freedom and ultimately the ownership of myself.

Celebrate the Small Things Blog HopIn the spirit of keeping things simple, I decided to bite the bullet and change the design of my website. Again. In terms of web design, I am a total amateur and newbie. When I setup the Story Pouch last year, it took over four months of learning and tinkering to produce something I was extremely pleased with aesthetically but was so heavily modified it needed notes on the correct order of action for adding simple things like posts and pages. Three months ago, I decided to revisit both the web address I was using and additionally the design. As a result this website was born. It took only one month of tinkering to produce – still too long. I wasn’t happy with it though. So this time I changed the theme and did only a few minor modifications like fonts and other typography settings. It took one day and I am so much happier with it. I am still in the process of discovering the identity of this website so keeping things simple and easy to maintain is the single most important ingredient in making my life simple if I want to change it again.

I will finish this post with a beautiful quote that I find is so very true when I am willing to look past annoyances and indignation caused by those layers of the black-and-white unconscious thoughts. Everything is a lesson and has the potential to help me grow. There are no mistakes, just lessons. And simplicity brings efficiency, especially when toxic shame is not a factor.

Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything you can can’t control is teaching you how to let go.Jackson Kiddard

Simple Gratitude

Beautiful music for this beautiful Friday: Max Richter – Forever Young [feat. Robin Wright] (The Congress Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

This post is part of the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain. Thank you so much for reading. What are you celebrating this week? Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.


  1. This website looks great to me. . I like it. Love the quote. Learning not to come down on everything and enjoy things as they come. . .especially the simple things. . .is an important lesson in life. Wonderful words.

    1. Author

      Thank you so much Tonja, I fell in love with that quote the moment I saw it. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. What a lovely quote! I can identify with your whole post. I’m still tinkering with my blog – and sometimes awful things happen when I do! lol And trying not to see things in black and white is a goal for me too. Congrats on your new blog look and your personal progress!

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      Thanks Lexa. A friend told me a few hours ago that she couldn’t leave comments because of some invisible captcha thing. WordPress is great when kept simple. The moment it has too many things on it, it tends to become fragile and brittle. Not complaining though. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I hope you have an amazing weekend ahead.

  3. Thank you for sharing, Aura. The journey to discover ourselves is perhaps the greatest journey of all. I love the quote, so much wisdom in those words!

    1. Author

      Thanks Beverley, so much for visiting, reading, and commenting. Love this quote, somehow it describes my journey perfectly in every single detail. 😀

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