Allow me to paint a picture around these first 13 days of July:
- The fuel price increases
- We sign for our new home
- The dishwasher stops working
- I fall ill for a week
- The car fuel consumption increases
- Cable theft
- The substation burns down
- No electricity
- No hot water
- The bicycle tyres get a puncture
- My husband gets sick
- The washing machine stops working
- The geyser gives in
- My sister’s labrador says ‘goodbye’
The list could go on, but I guess at this point one would be compelled to interrupt and ask: ‘What went wrong?’
It’s been a little tough and the above points have certainly highlighted just what it takes for one to realise how much we take for granted. Have you ever thought about how easy it is to say we are grateful? And in all fairness we think we are, but if we just apply some of that intellectual introspection and be super real with ourselves, are we honestly, deeply grateful when things are almost perfect, running as they should and as planned? I’m willing to bet that most of us would come to a conclusion and say no?! It seems as though it’s only when we lose what we had when the reality hits home. Care to disagree?
And yet maybe nothing went wrong. Maybe it’s just the way it goes.
‘That’s the way the cookie crumbles’, or ‘thats the way the boerewors bends’, as they say.
Or maybe all these things were placed in our path as a reminder to just say ‘thank you’ once in a while.
Whatever the reason, or no reason…a grateful heart is simply a starting point, bound to attract miracles.