Appreciating the Good We Have

I never want to take for granted wearing pajama pants during meetings.
But I will.
Because humans are remarkably good at adapting, moving forward and chasing things we don’t have instead of appreciating what we do.
When the power goes out, when you lose water, you gain appreciation of being able to just turn on a faucet and flip a switch.
But when it comes back on, that appreciation quickly fades as life resumes.
Covid caused us to appreciate the ease in which we had been going about life, the abundance of toilet paper and hand sanitizer, the ability to see those we love.
And while Covid isn’t “over”, for most of us, life has resumed without much restrictions remaining.
Toilet paper is back on the shelf.
Things that were novel are becoming second nature.
Soon I’ll forget that wearing pajamas from waist down while consulting with executives and giving talks to large audience from the comfort of my home is something to spend a moment’s thought on.
Adapting and moving forward is a great quality to have.
It is when it prevents us from appreciating what we have, from being present in the moment, from looking around and recognizing what we would miss if it wasn’t here tomorrow – that it becomes a hindrance to success, to truly living life.
Take a moment and look around, to think about what you are in danger of taking for granted.
From pajama pant zooms to the children we kiss goodnight – don’t stop appreciating the good you have.
“No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” – Seneca

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About Becky

Becky Schmooke (pronounced “Smoke”) is a Mindful Leadership Consultant and Speaker, focused on providing action based mindfulness and leadership training to organizations and businesses who are ready to do things differently.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, is located outside of Iowa City, and provides truly unique team building and leadership retreats,  strategic planning workshops, private parties and classes and weekly summer camps for kids. The commercial teaching kitchen, treehouse, archery range, bush craft skills, first aid training, wood fired pizza oven, chickens, baby goats and timber adventure playground provides endless opportunities for hands on activities.


As a mom to three girls, 60 chickens, 4 goats, 2 dogs and a fire fighter’s wife- life is never boring and provides Becky with endless stories which she uses to illustrate her approach to mindfulness in daily posts on social media.  

In all that she does, Becky has one goal, to build confidence in others to take action to live their best life, not just pass time.  

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