Friday, 28 January 2011

Being Grateful

Our guest post today is from Rhianna over at A Parenting Life

Being Grateful

Easier said than actually done at times, however lately I have had no troubles at all in counting my many many blessings. As I went about my daily tasks today I thought greatly about this post. You see I have just so much to be grateful for. I have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, for that matter I have a fridge for which I am grateful.
I am grateful for my family, friends, and loved ones. I am grateful that I can sit here and ramble on about simple things that we often take for granted much more than we should. At one point today I was even grateful for the fact that I could hang my babies nappies out on the clothes line and have them dry in the sun.

As you are probably aware, Australia recently experienced the worst flooding in over 100 years. After many long years of drought much of the country suddenly found themselves being blessed with rain. For the first few days there was almost singing and dancing in the street, as with the rain came hope that all was not lost after all and that Mother Nature had not forgotten the people on the dry parched island. Joy spread around the country as once dry rivers began to once more flow.However after many constant and heavy downpours the smiles slowly began to fade as the once dry rivers began to reach their peaks. Before too long the banks began to burst and many towns began to face the daunting prospect of being flooded.

What followed left around 75% of one state flooded. Some 20000 houses damaged and the destruction of a capital city that could not be believed. Add to that some 90 odd towns in another two States almost being washed away.

So how does this make me think it is easy to be grateful at the moment?

Well for one I have been totally unaffected by this terrible ordeal. And for that I am eternally grateful. I admire the sheer determination and strength that has been shown by many in the face of this event and I am also grateful that I have not had to be tested in such a way.

Thanks to the technology of the modern world though I have been able to sit glued to various screens and watch it all take place before my eyes. I must admit though that before the first day of this tragedy ended I was already distancing myself from the media hype. I can at times be rather emotional and as such felt this could be too much for me to watch. After all there was little I could do to help given that I have a responsibility to care for 3 kidlets and the disaster was taking place some 4000kms from me. I am grateful that I was able to rest assured that while I could not physically go and help many others could and did.

I am also grateful that I live in a country where so many people are willing to help out in a time of need. From donating shoe boxes of love to millions and millions of dollars, people from all over this brown wide land have pulled together to help a mate or stranger in need.

Truth be told I could go on forever about how grateful I am, especially in light of the floods. I am grateful that Nicole asked me to share a post on her blog, heck I am grateful that I was actually able to string some words together to make a post (regular readers of A Parenting Life, will realise that coming up with a post is not always easy for me)

So my parting words to you are be grateful for all that you have, sure some days this is easier than others but at the end of everyday there will always be someone who is not as fortunate. May your days be filled with fairy wishes and butterfly kisses. And if by chance you have been affected by this terrible event my most heartfelt prayers to you and your family

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