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I had a time the other night when I felt lazy. Way too lazy to produce a meal for my family. And of course that puts me high up in the book of bad mothers (or so I’ve been told). My kids didn’t starve, they are quite content to eat cereal for dinner. My husband didn’t starve because he is more than content to call a bar of chocolate and a cup of tea a worthy dinner for a gentleman. But I seriously didn’t bother and thought that a cup of tea would see me through until morning.
I lay awake at night tossing and turning until eventually at 1am it dawned on me that the reason I couldn’t sleep was because I was hungry. So I got up and made a slice of toast and ate dinner in the early hours of the morning while watching sky news. Now that is not particularly good for inducing sleep either. Bad news, more bad news and some depressing news to add into the mix.
That’s when I realised that although I always harp on about gratitude and appreciating what you have, it is really worth stopping for a moment every now and then just to be thankful.

I thought about all the thousands of people who battle to sleep because of hunger and they can’t get up and have a slice of toast and they have no idea when their next meal is coming.
I thought about an unfortunate family that I saw on the news and realised that although my life certainly has its challenges, they are nothing like what it must feel like to lose your kids.
We are all surrounded by so many blessings and so many gifts yet because of the pressure of our lives, and the ‘never enough’ syndrome, we don’t recognise what we are surrounded by – the good things that we forget to notice.

Every time you feel stressed or overwhelmed instead of focusing on the negative that seems to surround you and overwhelm you, choose to look for something that is positive. It may not be big, it may not be life changing but it will make you feel that it is not all doom and gloom in your life.
And I am going to take my own advice on this dark, rainy day when my car won’t start and rather use the time to spend some precious moments with my family than too worry about how inconvenient all these challenges are!