I have decided today to actively look for my blessings. I have heard over and over the belief of many that what you look for is the only thing you will see. For example, if you are certain the world is out to get you, you can easily fill your days seeing nothing but that. So, it follows that if you spend your day looking for the good things, you will see nothing but that. It's certainly worth a try. What's the worst that can happen? You have too many blessings to count so the floors won't be swept. I'm up for that!
I am so very blessed to have a great support system. I have mentioned many times my amazing husband. After our spur of the moment trip out of town last weekend he has gotten a babysitter for tonight so that we can go for dinner, and then see a friend of his perform in a jazz band. Pretty awesome.
Then I have two adorable kids, who although every moment isn't grand, have taught me things about myself and this world, and especially about love, that I would never have learned without them. I would give my life for them undoubtedly.
I have amazing parents, and am pretty lucky to have great in laws who are around to help out whenever we need them. I have quite a few friends who either do not have family nearby, or the family they do have is not interested, so they feel a bit lost without that help.
Our extended family is amazing. We are lucky to have siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins that we know are there for us no matter what. Even for random phone calls for advice. They drop whatever they are doing just to listen. We should never take that for granted.
We have an amazing church family, and through our church family we have several families that we have connected with in ways that will affect our relationships forever. I am lucky enough to be part of a Mom's group at our church full of ladies who are willing to open their lives and share their experiences with us. We have also brought in speakers who have been able to give us perspective on enjoying this stage in life, because although some days seem to last forever, this is a precious time with our children, and we need to take every chance we can to enjoy these moments.
I was sitting here before this thinking not so uplifting thoughts about how being self-employed is so full of hoops to jump through, and feeling a little bit sorry for myself. Looking back at this list proving how my perspective is often the only thing wrong with my life, it's pretty easy to see my life is such a testament to God and his love, and how he provides for us. I have done nothing to deserve all of these amazing things, and yet he has placed all of these people in my life, just for me.
Heavenly Father, please help my focus to shift to all of the blessings you have given to me, often without me seeing it that way. Please help me to be a blessing to all of these people, and extend your love to the people you have yet to bring in to my life. Amen.