As you know from my last few posts, Csilla and I have been a bit under the weather lately. Although I’m very appreciative for all the well wishes, it’s also made me feel like a bit of a jerk.
My life is idyllic.
Except for big spurts of stay-at-home-mom boredom and angst, my life really couldn’t be much better. So when I complain about something it’s made even worse by the fact that people notice (aka read my blog) and then join in for the sympathy parade.
I feel guilty because I really have nothing to complain about.
Interestingly, it is often when I am sick that I also become most grateful.
When I am ill and writhing on the bathroom floor, I usually think about how nice it is to at least have a lovely, clean bathroom floor to writhe on. When Csilla has just finished throwing up all over herself (and me), I usually think about how nice it is to have a beautiful, warm bathtub to suds her up and clean her off in. When I’m suffering from a wicked headache, I’m grateful for my dark, quiet room and my soft comfy bed where I can go to retreat from the world and recover.
Not everybody has these luxuries. In fact, most people on this planet do not. There are far more people without a warm bed and a hot shower than there are those fortunate enough to have them.
So, on that note, I thought I’d start a semi-regular habit of writing a gratitude list. I encourage you to do the same.
I am extremely grateful for:
1. My baby. Csilla is smart, healthy, thoughtful, funny, sweet and wonderful. In a word, she is perfect. I couldn’t be more grateful for her.
2. My thoughtful husband who brought a Starbucks hot chocolate home to me last night because, in his words, “you seemed like you needed a pick-me-up.” I don’t know when the body snatchers came, but I hope they don’t come back because he’s been the perfect husband lately. I’d like to keep this one. I’m so grateful.
3. My family. When I am sick and unable to care for Csilla, there is an army of people standing behind me ready to step up and help. Especially my mom. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for people who do not have that kind of support. I bow to those of you who rise to the occasion and take care of what needs to be done without the kind of support that I have.
4. My health. When I talk about health, I’m not talking about sniffles, aches and pains. They don’t count. I’m talking about big picture kind of health. I have a body that carries me. It works. It doesn’t let me down. I’m extremely grateful to not have to struggle for my health the way so many people do.
5. My lovely, clean, comfortable home. It’s always warm when I need it to be and it’s always cool when I want it to be. I do not live in a mud hut with dirt floors somewhere in Africa. I’m incredibly spoiled and incredibly grateful for that.
6. My hot shower and my comfortable bed. I think these two things should be basic human rights. I really believe the world would be a much better place if everybody had access to clean water and a good night’s sleep.
7. My fridge full of food. Although I may not have felt like eating much this week, at least I have the option of eating. There are millions of people who are not so lucky. Most individuals on this planet are hungry. Every. Day. And they have no options and nowhere to turn. If this fact bothers you as much as it bothers me, go here and click every day.
I’m going to stop there. I like the number seven.
Plus, there are about a million more things I am grateful for which would make this a very long post.
Here’s the plan:
The next time I’m marching in the pity parade and trying to get everyone to join in, I’ll try to write a gratitude list instead.
So tell me… what are you grateful for?
Post it in your own blog or go ahead and hijack my comment section.
Let's start an attitude of gratitude. Do it today.
Oh, and yes, I’m feeling much better thank you. I still have a little bit of vertigo, but it’s not stopping me today. As for Csilla, she recovered from the flu, only to come down with another nasty cough and cold.
Damn preschool. But she’s a tough cookie and handles everything well. I’m sure she’ll be back to her old self in no time.
Have a nice day!