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What a year off!!! If you’re new to my blog, I took a year off, and what a year it has been. From travelling to New York and eating giant ice creams while on cruise to see the statue of Liberty, to climbing 704 steps to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower, this particular venture was just a show off! No thanks to my husband and daughter who held me ransom to the feat. In my opinion, they just wanted to show off as being fit and can do difficult stuff. Need I say I didn't find it funny afterwards but I love them terribly. And then I went abode the SS Great Britain Museum Ship in Bristol, which I must commend was pretty elaborate for it's time. All in all, I have had a full on year. Those experiences where beautiful, captivating and invigorating all the same time (and did I also mention exhausting), but the most important part of my year was being able to reflect. I took time to consider where I’d come from, how far I’d come and where I am going to.
It gave me an opportunity to examine my perspective. I started to see my life as dots connecting. Events in my life are not in isolation if only I was willing to see it. If I was going through a difficult period, it wasn’t pain it was an opportunity for growth. Maybe the difficult period I thought I was going through was an opportunity for growth so that I could be a shoulder to lean on for someone else going through pain. A failed business venture is not failure but maybe the opportunity to gain business acumen to take into another business idea and make it fly. You see, it’s about connecting the dots. If you look closely and chose to see it, events in your life are not isolated one offs. When you connect the dots, your life will have richer meaning.
All of these reflection and perspective eventually took me down the curious path that brought me right to the door step of gratitude. That wise and patient aged woman. I met her and we were introduced. I realized I had a lot to be thankful for. That I lived in a country where I didn’t have to sell my kidneys in order to get money to survive, that my daughter has an opportunity to go to school, to read a book. That I have my feet and hands and can move freely. That I can breathe freely and don't have to take permission from my grumpy neighbor to do so. That I have the many "little blessings" that if I had to pay for, I could never have enough for.
So this post is about my year off connecting the dots and keeping that aged woman close - gratitude. What are your dots and how are you staying grateful?
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