Choosing to be Grateful


Certain things have happened recently that have made me really stop and think about how important it is to appreciate everything that I have. It’s easy to get bogged down or caught up in your own little world where the tiniest of things can seem like the biggest of deals and I have definitely been guilty of this in the past. But recent events have made me wake up and realise just how much I have to be grateful for, and that I should never take anything for granted.

Now that I am about to become a Mum I suddenly feel this overwhelming urge to fix things about myself that I am not too keen on (and I’m not talking flabby thighs here – they will have to wait!) I’ve been reflecting on certain aspects of my personality that I feel could do with some work. In the past I have been known to be quite negative and I am a compulsive worrier, always anticipating the worst! I don’t want my child to see these things in me and I definitely don’t want them to inherit these traits.

More than ever I feel a responsibility now to teach my child how important it is to appreciate all that you have in life, and to focus on all the good that there is in the world.

Life can be incredibly cruel sometimes, and in those times it will feel impossible to find good in anything. But while I have my family and we all have our health, I truly have nothing to complain about, and I am going to try my best to make sure I remember that at all times!


7 thoughts on “Choosing to be Grateful

  1. I have always tried to be thankful, but 2016 has been my hardest year yet, which started in January with losing my Mum, so I’ve been feeling quite low and my gratefulness has wavered…. (the following months then spat out redundancy, cancer and assault). But I need to remember I got to enjoy my Mum for 40 brilliant years which is more than a lot of daughters do. I have a healthy family, a warm roof over our heads and food in our bellies. Trying to be conscious on a daily basis that I am a very lucky girl…and it starts with being able to get out of bed in the morning. Thank you for today’s reminder. Enjoy your little one xx


    1. Oh Shona I am so sorry to hear that you have had such a tough year. People like you that manage to be grateful even through such hard times really are an inspiration to the rest of us! I expect you’ll be quite glad to see the back of 2016, here’s hoping that you have a far better 2017! Wishing you all the best xx


  2. Don’t! You’ll make me cry…! Beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel and you’re right, 2016 won’t be missed. My Mum’s last words were “Thank-You”…. and if she can still be grateful in that moment then I can certainly be thankful in life. She always said there were loads of people worse of than her, and in my self indulgent moments I need to remember that too. Thankful for your kind words (and that I’m home alone and have tissues) Take Care xx


    1. Your mum sounds incredible, and you sound very much like her :) I really do hope next year is a truly lovely one for you – you deserve it. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience xxx


  3. Totally agree although, like Shona, 2016 has been a pretty rubbish year so far. Having to face my Mum being diagnosed with terminal cancer, seeing 2 sets of close friends go through divorce in their thirties and also the fact I am unlikely now (after 5 years of trying and numerous medical interventions) to ever have children of my own, had hit hard and there are days when it’s difficult to be grateful.
    But I’m closer than ever to my husband and know I have so much to be grateful for. I know I’m lucky to have been able to spend 38 years with my Mum – 2 of my best friends lost their respective Mums to cancer aged just 16.
    I often do count my lucky starts xxx


    1. I’m so sorry to hear you have had such a tough year too Clare. I’m so in awe of people like you and Shona who still manage to be thankful when you have been faced with such difficult situations. You really are in inspiration to the rest of us. I truly hope 2017 brings you lots of happiness xxx


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