This year has been the hardest and most challenging that I have had to face in a long time and through it all, my positivity has been at an all-time low – fifty shades of grey takes on a new meaning here! My righteous indignation makes it hard to keep perspective but a very small gesture yesterday inspired me to write this post.
This is my gratitude list. What’s yours?
When my eighth nanny left, I thought the world would end. I reluctantly hired number nine thinking I would get more of the same. When I got home yesterday to find her feeding my eleven year old daughter because she was sick, I knew that had to be love. I am grateful for the support I get from a helper who goes the extra mile and genuinely loves my kids.
Albeit demanding and frustrating, my day job ensures that I am constantly evolving. I am learning new things every day and my limit is always stretched, so much so, that I surprise myself sometimes with what I am capable of doing. The dynamic team I work with support me greatly in my career aspirations and I am grateful to be surrounded by such mentors who make me want to be better and do better.
Notwithstanding surplus fat, I am devoid of any serious or debilitating illness. My body has given life to two amazing children and I am very grateful for that.
I am grateful for a responsible, non-alcoholic, non-philandering husband. Our marriage is far from perfect and there are times when I question myself and whether marrying him was the best decision I made, BUT, I realise that in the grand scheme of things, he is wonderful in so many ways which overshadow the irritating bits.
I saw a woman scrambling into a taxi this week, having stood in a queue for over 30 minutes waiting for public transport. I was reminded that not so long ago, that was me! I am grateful beyond words for the car I own and the freedom to drive.
Lastly, but most importantly, I am grateful for something money can never buy. The gift of love in its purest form. The women I am closest to, who are ever present in my life and who remain constant in their unwavering support and love makes me grateful beyond measure.