Last Friday I had real pizza. And, when I say pizza, please know how crazy I am for this food. It is one of my favorite things on this planet. It, like yoga, can make any day better.
Since college, back when my husband and I met, pizza on Friday has been a tradition. And, even through quarantine we kept it going, although it was with frozen pizzas that I cheerfully choked down, grateful we were together, healthy, and safe.
But, I just couldn’t take another Friday night like that this past weekend, so we finally gave in and ordered out. I even drove way out of my way to go the pizza place I liked best, closer to the place we used to live a few years back. It was a big deal.
And, I know some of you are thinking we’re crazy to not be eating or ordering out at all, but I’m not the cook. My husband loves to cook and is good at it, so we haven’t found it necessary to bring in food when we really don’t need to.
The first bite of real, fresh, pizza? Absolute heaven. I will never take it for granted again. EVER. It had to be the best pizza of my life and made me realize why the frozen stuff was such a poor substitute.
It makes me think maybe that’s what this time is about. Gratitude.
Maybe we needed to wipe out all of the distractions of what we considered “normal” life, such as long commutes, appointments, and things we felt we had to do. And, even give up some of the things we loved, such as pizza, or theater dates, or even the dog park (it was closed for a few weeks out this way) so that we can truly appreciate them for the joy and beauty they bring to our lives.
In so many ways this small and strange time in our lives has brought us many gifts.
But, if you’re constantly yammering on about going back to normal (whatever in the hell that is at this point) you’re going to miss the beauty and opportunity that is present right now.
And, here is the thing. Gratitude – true gratitude – is such a game changer. If you can pause and give thanks for what’s in your life right now that brings you not just happiness, but joy… more of that good stuff is on it’s way to you. It’s attracted like a magnet. Why? Because we were meant to come here and experience joy.
The reason there is pain and anger and despair is so that we know the opposite of joy and can truly experience it and know it when it’s arrived. At least that’s the way I see it most days.
Now, I know this is an extremely trying time for most of the world, and especially our country. And, I’m not discounting that. Or, just shooting rainbows up your butt in the hopes you feel better. But, find ways to feel good. When you feel good in your life and in your body, you have more energy. When you have more energy, you can make a greater contribution to the positive changes needed to move forward.
Start with gratitude. Move to joy. Harness your power to change the world… for the better.
Tori Hicks-Glogowski is a yoga instructor and yoga business coach and mentor for yoga teachers. She is the author of the book, "Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi," and has been writing and sharing her yoga experience for the past seven years. Find out more about Tori now.