I want to talk about gratefulness a bit today, because that’s how I’m feeling.

As I look back on my life and in on the life I’m living now, despite the pain and suffering from losing Husband, I am so lucky to have the people and things that I have in it. I am also so lucky to have had the time I did with Husband – even though in the grand scheme of things, it was really a very short amount of time.

I can honestly say that even with what I’ve dealt with, I am really grateful for the good things I’ve had and have, all the opportunities and the people I’ve shared my space with. I’m grateful for the love, the experiences and even for the pain because the pain has meant there was something worth hurting over.

Practicing gratefulness isn’t hard – you just have to look around at all the things you do have to realise that. It’s not even about money or obvious things either, it could be something as simple as a comfortable bed or a group of friends who are awesome.

One of my favourite places in the world is Thailand and one of the reasons I love it so much is the humble grateful lives they live. I always come back from there feeling like I’m so lucky to have the life I do. They’ll be making very little money, living in 3 bedroom houses with 9 other adults, working 14hr days 7 days a week, some are working very far away from their families getting to see them maybe twice a year and yet they continue to smile and they feel lucky to have what they have. Kind of puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

I am grateful to have had Husband for the time I did, because how lucky am I to have felt and experienced that love with someone who very quickly became my favourite person.
I am grateful for my two beautiful children who continue to light up my world everyday with their laughter and good natures.
I am grateful for the family I have, both immediate and extended for the love they show me on a regular basis.
I am grateful for the large circle of friends who support me being me and continue to be there through both the good and the bad.
I am grateful for the roof over my head, the clothes on my back, the food in my mouth.
I am grateful for the continuous opportunities and life experiences that I have received over my lifetime.

When I really sit and think about what I do have and what I’ve had vs. what I’m missing, I still have so much so I try to focus on that. It makes this trip down life’s path just a little easier.