#251 // Be careful. Be grateful.

Monsieur Musiq Soulchild, I bow down to you and your musical greatness once again. 

Musiq Soulchild is one of my favourite R&B artists of all time, and I discovered that he's just released a new song called Simple Things, that I instantly fell in love with.

I'm used to falling in love with the instrumental elements of a song first. I like the beat, the vibe, and mmm listen to that delicious key change. Seriously, I can listen to a song for years and call it one of my favourites, yet not know all the words. 

But the other day I was cleaning up with Spotify on in the background and thought, "hang on - what did he say?" Just let the words below minister to your soul because Pastor Soulchild is in the building with this lyrical genius:

Tell me what good is having everything if it's not what you really want? 'Cos you can get used to forgetting to be grateful, so be careful. 

I mean, how good is that? The former question posed has set me off on a long and winding train of thought, and I'm not entirely sure of the destination just yet. But the latter statement is just another little reminder to stay grateful. It's such a wonderful attitude to carry with you and a productive tool to help in everyday life. So on that note, a quick list of the things I'm grateful right now as I type this post at 9:05pm.

  1. Season 6 of Scandal is back, and if we ever needed Shonda Rhimes to bring the lady in the white hat back into our lives it's right now.
  2. Banana flavour custard. I needed something to hit the sweet spot after dinner, and that did the trick.
  3. Somewhere warm to lay my head at night. Homelessness has been something that's been at the forefront of my mind for a little while, and I'm looking for ways to help. I'm doing a charity night walk for The Big Issue in March, and I'm on the look out for more regular volunteering opportunities. 
  4. Exercise. Endorphins are delightful.
  5. 90-minute phone calls with my parents. They are nutty and hilarious in equal parts and it was very funny to hear them bickering down the phone over mum not letting dad take a photo of their last meal...
  6. The medical team at Great Ormond Street who are doing a sterling job of looking after my friend's little boy.
  7. Extended periods away from my phone. I'm desiring and atively seeking chances to put my phone away. It can be an unhealthy distraction.

So right now, in this minute: what are you grateful for?

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