|The "theme" of sorts that I am trying to live by in life|
During the last year, we lived through needing to borrow from friends and family to stay in the apartment and pay our bills, had our identity stolen and our bank account drained. I was told my teeth were not saveable and it was just a matter of time before they would fall out. My fibromyalgia became worse than ever, the pain levels reaching a new high. My husband went through several job changes, and we even had to go to a local church and plea for a box of food. We had lived through similar times in our 20's, made worse having 3 small children to care for, but we never feared loosing the roof over our head as it was located on family property, we also knew that we would have food etc., so there was always hope for better times. This past year I had a very hard time hanging onto hope, so much so I often failed to recognize the blessings that were happening at the same time. Could not see the forest through the trees I guess.
|Sometimes I forget to trust things will work out...be ok.|
|Gratitude makes you realize your blessings...no matter how small they may seem, they do add up!|
In writing this list of five each night, I often realized I would hit that mental blank. I would have to really concentrate on what I had been grateful for, what had been a blessing. So to ease up the pressure, I started listing the smallest of things....
Good hot coffee.
Hubby cooking breakfast.
Hearing the birds sing.
etc. etc. etc.
It became easier and easier. Of course there was a few biggies there too. When our identity got stolen, an online friend sent us enough to cover rent...as a gift! Friends and family stepped up to help...all huge blessings! Then there was small ones like our daughter taking over the Thanksgiving meal or small contests I won and gifts given so that I had new pretty things to enjoy when I could not afford to buy anything. All blessings. As I began to realize that no matter how bad things seemed there was still positive things in our day to day life. When I began to embrace this and began to count that as a blessing as well things began to turn around in our life! Hmmm perhaps there is something to the Law Of Attraction.
I can now look back and see that so many wonderful blessings have enriched our life. My hubby found a new job in the field he loves and in which allowed us to pay back friends and family, build our savings and have a bit extra to spare for fun. Our oldest was able to come for a visit on my birthday. Our youngest moved back in easing the loneliness and odd ends I was feeling from being a empty nester. Our middle daughter became engaged. The list goes on and on. With the blessings came hope, it has re-entered my thoughts and my vocabulary...THIS is both a blessing and something that is for sure in my gratitude journal. I am definitely dwelling more on the possibilities than I am in the lack of.
Do you have ways in your day to day life that you count your blessings, recognize things to be grateful for...even if they are small and simple in the scheme of things? How do you keep hope alive in your life and in your mind? Even if things are far from perfect. I would love to hear from you.