“There is always something to be thankful for”.

I was talking to my eight year old about the shoebox appeal this morning while we were filling three boxes (one for each of our children). In doing this I got to thinking about how much we take for granted and how many things we have to be grateful for. I remember as a child saying bedtime prayers “thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me” and after meals “thank you God for the food we have eaten, thank you God for all our friends, thank you God for everything, thank you God, Amen”. When did I lose the ability to take time to stop and be grateful for what we have? When did I start taking everything for granted? I have decided to try and take time out every day to stop and think about the things that I have to be grateful for.

  • I woke up this morning, healthy and with food in the cupboards and the heating on.
  • I have three happy, healthy children.
  • I have a husband whom I love and who loves me.
  • I have wonderful parents who I can depend on and who I know love me unconditionally.
  • I have food to eat and clean water to drink.
  • I have clothes to wear.
  • I live in a country where there is democracy and freedom of expression.charles-dickens-quote-2

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