Somewhere Between Grateful and Grinding

 

Wanted to share some thoughts on different things giving me perspective right now. Most of these came after linking up with the homies. Learning to be content is the constant struggle in life for all of us. It's usually not until things change drastically that we come to realize that the vast majority of us are blessed beyond what we consider. We're wired that way. 

Uploading a new mindset is more than possible, but how do you do this while working towards the things you want in & out of life? It's definitely not as easy as it sounds. You can always want the newer/nicer car, better home, more $, promotion at work, unlimited freedom etc. Even the most humble people I know deal with this. Nothing seems to ever be enough. Social media these days doesn't help that either. Every time I get on Instagram/Twitter I see another studio with doper set up than mine, folks I know vacationing to the corners of the Earth, "goals" (smh), and a bunch of other nonsense dedicated to distraction. It takes a conscious effort to stay focused--to become even aware that you're focused on not being focused.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting any of the previously listed stuff. New jobs, more $, chasing opportunities, vacations, studio equipment, etc aren't bad things by any means. The problem begins, though, when you lose sight of what you already have. I have to lock in sometimes and really think about what I'm blessed with, what I'm able to do, and how far I've come in all aspects of life. With that in perspective, I then can look at the next level of where I want to be, what I want to have or to be doing, and how to get there. I really feel like this is the area between grateful and grinding. 

Look too far and too long, you realize you're standing on brown grass. Not maintained. Overlooked. Unwatered. Get comfortable and stay still, you'll soon realize everything you want in life is getting out of reach. It'll pass you by in a quick minute.  

Where's the balance? Is it possible to maintain both outlooks? I think so. I'm working on it daily and I think that's the key.