Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I believe that often we focus on the things that are wrong in our lives. Whether we want a newer car. A bigger home. A vacation. A new wardrobe. More money. Better health. Or whatever you feel is missing in your life. Certainly I am guilty of doing this from time to time. Aren't we all? I think it is very easy to become seduced by the bigger, the better, the sparkly.
What I want to do today is to just give thanks. Express my gratitude for all of the blessings that are woven throughout the makeup of my life. Starting with life itself. What a gift it is to be given life. To be given the opportunity to experience so many things in this life. To learn. To love. To have family and friends. To help those who are in need. To serve the Almighty.
I also am keenly aware that being born in Canada is in and of itself a HUGE blessing. When I see all of the hurt, turmoil, war, poverty, starvation, illness, death, in places all over the world. What a tremendous blessing it is to be born in such a beautiful country. And by standards of I think 90% of the world, those of us who are fortunate to live in North America, and other developed nations, really need to appreciate how rich we are.
If you have a roof over your head and the ability to open the fridge and get a glass of milk, make a coffee, have a soda. My gosh! You are richer than the majority of the world!
When I look around my humble home. I see couches and throw rugs, a TV, food in my fridge, clothes on my back, a warm bed to sleep in. How blessed am I???
So much so that I not only have been given the ability to raise a child and make sure she had all of her needs met - and beyond. But I have been blessed to look after God's creatures. Animals of many breeds and species. And I hope that I have given each of them the safety and security of a warm home, filled with love - for as long as they had life.
Whether you know me personally, or have read through this blog, you know that I live with Fibromyalgia. A challenging disease, which attacks the central nervous system and causes daily pain, along with a whole host of other symptoms, which present life challenges as well as restrictions. It can become very easy to throw a pity party when you live with poor health. The other side of that coin is that I am alive! And FMA is not terminal. Although walking at times can be a great challenge - I CAN walk! Although my energy at times can be very low (to nil) I do have the ability to do what needs to be done. Today I am not in a wheelchair! For that I give thanks! As I do realize that there are people suffering gravely - all around the world. I know that there are horrible diseases, which cause great pain and suffering. The difference is that I am blessed to have access to excellent health care. And being Canadian - my health care is free! What a blessing!
When my daughter's spine collapsed at the age of 12. Were we in another part of the world -she most probably would have died. Yet, today she is healthy. She has learned to walk again. Her organs have healed. And she received treatment in one of the best Children's Hospital in the world. Praise God!
In our lives we will encounter ups and downs. We will experience grief. We will experience sorrow. Loss. Struggle. But we will also experience love, life, triumphs. We must remember to embrace each of these moments. For in each we will find lessons. And lessons are also blessings.
I encourage each of you to look around. Take count of your own blessings. And give thanks!