Beckie is the host of Working On Us.
Hello, All! Welcome back to “Working on Us” – A series that represents people with mental health illnesses/disorders.
November 27th’s. Topic: Thankful & Grateful
That’s right, we are going to keep it lite this week. This is a week you can write anything your little heart desires, you just have to write about something you are thankful and grateful for.
I am truly grateful for all that I am blessed with.
That was the easy part. An all-encompassing statement that includes everything.
But when it comes to counting the blessings we are thankful for, we really cannot do it. Starting from our own self, and continuing to what’s around us, we can take days to just list the things we are grateful for. It would require pages and pages to put into writing what we should give thanks for, consciously and subconsciously every day.
So today I will tell you what I am grateful for regarding my blogging world.
I wrote a post in answer to Dr. Tanya’s questions about blogging. In it, I cited my reasons for being grateful for my blog. So not to repeat myself, I would like to simplify;
I am grateful for my blogging friends!
I consider you all not only as my friends but my family. We have never met each other. We sometimes even don’t know what the other looks like, but we are such great friends.
I was asking myself this question yesterday. I think the friendships that I have in the blogging world are more deep and sincere than most of my “real life” friendships. The reason is that we just know each other’s souls and spirit. We are not distracted by appearances or habits. We just get to know each other’s minds and thoughts and that is what matters in friendship. We support each other through difficult times and share in the joy as well.
When need be, we vent out our frustrations and grievances on our blogs. We listen to each other. We critique and offer advice and sometimes even correct grammar and spelling/ typos too. This sure is something we all should give thanks to.
So a very grateful thanks to all my blogging friends. You guys are the best.
The longest day of my life………………
Was the day that I became mom for the very first time.
The birth of my first child. It was literally a very long day for me because it took almost 38 hours for her to be born. So not to go into too many details of that day, it is sufficient to say that becoming a mother is not a task any man can ever handle. It is woman who has the inner strength and patience to bear a child, and not once but many times, usually.
That day, I fully realize what being a parent actually means. And also the fact that my own parents, specially my mother did a splendid job while raising me. The true appreciation that I got for my own mother when I became a mother was staggering. I realized that what sacrifices she made for me when I was too small and weak to do anything for myself. It also taught me the fact that we can never repay the debt we owe our parents. We can only pay it forward.
As children we never realized what our parents did for us because kids are usually oblivious to the things that are happening around them unless they are forced to see them. As parents we get this realization in full force but sometimes it is too late to tell our parents what a debt of gratitude we owe them.
I would have loved to tell my mother how grateful I was to her for all that she did for me but she had died a long time before I became a mom. I can only hope that our kids appreciate the job we did or are doing with them and for them.
It’s always nice to be appreciated!
In response to;
Writing Prompt #25
A Prompt by Sarah Elizabeth Moor
When it rains, it pours; Case in point…..
This is appropriate to describe the last week for our family. On Monday last, my first granddaughter was born, my daughter’s daughter. I previously have a grandson, my elder daughter’s son but this little angel was the first girl.
Then on Wednesday night, my daughter in law and my son had their first baby, a boy. So it was pouring babies in our family last week. The two babies are born two days apart and resemble each other too much. In fact they look like twins.
A moment of gratitude for us all!
Written in response to;
Writing Prompt #15
By Sarah Elizabeth Moore
When you are feeling irritated or bored with life, remember the pain!
why, and what pain you would ask?
This idea came to me when a thought crossed my mind. I was feeling bored and the ennui had me wanting to do something to end the rut. But then I remembered the time when I was going through a lot of physical discomfort and pain of fractured foot bones. At that time I would have been ecstatically happy to be rid of the encumbrance of the heavy cast on my foot and the pain I was experiencing.
Why then, when we are no longer hurting, we forget that pain and start to crib about little annoyance of life. At present I feel wonderful. Free of any discomfort or pain. I should be exuberant. I should be thanking my lucky stars to be rid of that pain or any other pain or injury that I have suffered in the past. But what would my mind do: it would think up things that aren’t there. Instead of being grateful, it is looking for excuses to be dissatisfied. This is human nature. To be dissatisfied with our current circumstances. Maybe it’s something that pushes us to look for excellence in life. To become more than what we are now. But it also breeds a discontent. It makes us unmindful of the blessings we have. And this state of ungratefulness is something we should consciously avoid.
That is why I asked you to remember the pain, or any thing in the past which made life difficult. So that now, when you no longer are suffering from it, you and I should be grateful.
How do you express gratitude?
Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments.