This past week has been a challenging one and I have spent a large amount of time feeling greatly sorry for myself.
I over-indulged in a solo pity party, one might say.
It seems as though all of the small things added up this week; the deal on the house we were looking at fell through. The numbers on my blog aren’t growing quite as quickly as I was hoping. My son was having a problem with a peer at his school. The house is a mess, the laundry is sky high, the dog threw up in my car – you get the picture.
All such small issues in the grand scheme of life, yet somehow I managed to blow them up into larger-than-life events.
As I sat and watched the devastation that hit the United States over the past several hours, I was brutally smacked in the face with a harsh reality check. I am still unable to catch my breath. One minute there were people living a normal life and the next minute the life that they knew was gone.
Instantly swept away.
Sometimes it is so easy to become entrenched in the day-to-day monotony of life that we forget how many blessings have been bestowed upon us.
I quickly began to count mine:
My house may be a mess, but I have a roof over my head and I have a warm bed to sleep in.
My laundry room may be filled with at least 12 loads of laundry, but we all have clean sheets to sleep on and clean clothes on our backs.
My children may be arguing more than usual, but they are educated enough to have an opinion.
My refrigerator may not house enough ingredients to make a whole meal, but it is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables to put on the table.
My kids may have been sick for the past three weeks, but I have insurance to cover my medical bills and they are not facing a life threatening disease.
My son may be having a problem, but he has loving parents and a teacher who will provide him with life-long tools to help him get through.
My time at home has been cut due to launching this website, but I am following my passion and my services bring happiness to other people.
My ego may be bruised, but in a couple of days I will be as good as new.
I have a family that is filled with some of the most amazing, dynamic people I know. It is always filled with laughter and love.
I have friends that bring me dinner when I’m sick.
I have children that make me proud every day.
I have a husband that loves me unconditionally.
I have all of you.
I am blessed beyond words, and eternally grateful.
Have you taken the time to count your blessings today?
PS. Sometimes it is so easy to forget how truly blessed we are. What would you consider some of your greatest blessings?