04 Jun I am Blessed
Say it out loud, “I am blessed.” Think about it for a second and decide what it means to you. It may mean favored, lucky, protected or loved. It’s easy sometimes to dwell on the hard times in our lives. The times in our lives that we felt were unfair or not justified. I can imagine there were probably a few times where you felt fearful, confused and bothered by a situation, maybe you even felt that things were not in your control. Tragic events, hurtful and sad events are a part of life. Things change, situations throw you for a loop and the unexpected happens to everyone.
Several weeks ago Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook lost her husband, Dave suddenly. She has recently written so many beautiful and inspiring posts about her journey and her struggle. She has allowed herself to be vulnerable and completely human in expressing her feelings during her difficult time. Like Sheryl, there are many people in the world who are faced with hard, hurtful, unfair and sad situations.
There are people that spend their entire lifetime fighting to have a normal, safe life for themselves and their children. Hundreds of thousands of people everyday risk their lives, their children’s lives in the hopes of finding peace and a better future. Can you imagine what it would be like to have to leave your family and children to go to a foreign land in order to have a chance at a better opportunity to provide for your family? I know people that have done just that; left their children in a far away and dangerous place to move thousands of miles away to try to provide a better life for them. Can you imagine the sacrifices people have to make when faced with difficult, unexpected and unfair situations? Can you understand what it’s like to live and care for your children in a country riddled with war-never knowing what the day will bring? Would you be able to see the silver lining in those circumstances?
Someone once told me that if you could see the problems that other people face, you would gladly wish for your own problems back. I suppose the best way to look at these types of situations is to accept that things happen outside of your control, but that in time, things will become a little easier to handle. I’ve always believed that in the end, it will be ok, but I understand that sometimes it won’t be. Things will just be different and you learn to continue to see the beauty in life although your world has changed just a little bit, and as in every situation, you learn and grow from it.
When you think of your situation or past ones, look at it from what was learned and try to realize how blessed you are. Say it, “I am blessed,” because chances are, you are.
“I have learned gratitude. Real gratitude for the things I took for granted before—like life. As heartbroken as I am, I look at my children each day and rejoice that they are alive. I appreciate every smile, every hug. I no longer take each day for granted.”
Love & Hugs,