The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. -- Eric Hoffer
I don't meant to do this, but know that I take my whanau for granted sometimes. I just assume they as my immediate family they will always be there, that time is on our side and we all cope with life.
I think I do this at times when I am not well. I also feel the demands of full time employment get the better of me and we all know the maintaining a balance between work and play is an absolute necessity.
Having said all of that perhaps it is not that I take my whanau for granted, but more that I take myself for granted and then everything else in my life 'falls by the wayside'. Note to self: Take time to smell the roses....I have once chance in life...make the most of it... NOW that's the key!
You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. -- John Wooden
You made me feel important, cared for, loved. You listened and allowed me to share my emotions and often cry. You celebrated birthdays, embraced my tamariki as yours and left this existence well before your time.
I know that you watch over my mokopuna now and keep them safe. I know that you are there in my darkest moments and when I feel alone. I know that... I am you and you are me....My guardian angel...I am so very thankful. THANK YOU for everything...
Today with all my love I think of you xo
If sufficiency means being fully aware of what IS in my life, then I feel most humble to have: an awesome whanau, two beautiful mokopuna, yummy foods, aroha, warm days, time-out, holidays, manaakitanga, good friends, the bush, compassion, technology, our house, creativity, memories, our cats Mawhero and Shakes, plants, a great job, happiness, a beautiful mind, hot rock massages, books, nice clothes, cups of coffee, connectivity, ICT skills, the sea, telly, music, meditation, melting moments, laughter, wellness, nature, water, contentment, identity...life and being alive.
"As we learn to be attentive to all that we have, we discover true abundance".
Happiness is not what makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy." -- Brother David Steindl-Rast.
I've just signed up for the 21 Day Gratitude Challenge. Each day I receive an email challenge of inspirational ideas and so I have decided to blog my responses here.
I have become part of an on-line community of like-minded others and am able to read some of their stories. I also have the chance to share my experiences should I wish to do so.