How lucky we are

We shouldn’t but we forever crave more – material wealth, a better job, deeper friendships and time to enjoy ourselves.

It is part of what haunts us – desire – but we rarely, if ever, seem settled.

Stop and focus. 

Ask yourself:

  • Are you hungry?
  • Are you thirsty?
  • Are you cold?
  • Do you have your health?
  • Does each day present a new opportunity to create something amazing?

What else is there?

I have thought for a while how lucky I am. When I was growing up, I didn’t know what adulthood would bring, but if someone had said I would:

wake up each day with a blank sheet of paper to create anew;

be married with three amazing children;

have my health; and

live in a wonderful part of the world

then I would have been very content.

I know that each generation wishes something more meaningful for the next, but if my children are as blessed as me then I can die happy. Of course, there are things that I wish were different but I no longer dwell on them to the point where my black dog comes upon me.

Every day is an opportunity to grow. In particular, to work on our mind – spiritual awakening or mastering self-doubt it matters not. It may sound grasping but my reading has been my saviour. It has opened my mind more than I could ever have imagined.

I will forever feel blessed. When I think back to my darkest moment in April 2010 when I spent six days in a high intensity ward being treated for a subarachnoid haemorrhage, I know that just just hearing and seeing my children is a wonderful blessing, unlike the 24 year old lady in the bed next to me who lost full brain function within 18 hours of being admitted to hospital.

I think too often we expect things to be better than they are without acknowledging what we have. This isn’t a case of saying that there is always someone worse off than us, but acknowledging and giving thanks for our position in the world.

Never forget what you have.

Enjoy every precious moment.

Live mindfully.

Be at peace.

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