The year has flown by… and what a year it has been. Twelve short months ago, Tim and I discussed how 2015 was going to be ‘our year’. I think, in retrospect, we had a phenomenal year. Perhaps we aren’t quite where we envisioned, but we are in a better place fro m where we started.
Sometime early in December, facebook invites you to take a look back at your year. I love looking at the collages of the year in review, but I didn’t make my own. I wanted to wait to include Christmas and maybe even New Year’s Eve. The appearance of the looks back has made me start to reflect.
As parents, we tell our kids how fortunate they are to be living the lives they live. Reflecting on the year, no matter the ups and downs, I need to listen to the advice I give my children. Some people, I explain to the kids, don’t have families, food or homes. They don’t have new clothes or toys. They don’t have warm beds and too many stuffies. In our day-to-day hustle it is so easy to be caught up and forget to be grateful.
At the end of 2015, I must remind myself… be grateful for smashing your knee off the car door while carrying groceries. You have a car and groceries. Be grateful that you have children to call to, who can come and help you, even if they don’t want to. Be thankful for having the stresses of money, car, house and what to cook for dinner. All these things that we juggle just mean that we are lucky enough to have them in our lives.
I wish you a very happy new year, all the best. This is me trying to be grateful as I accidentally put my fingers in the dog poop I am cleaning up from inside the house at 2 am because it means we have a warm house, running water and a big loveable dog – and not everyone has those things.