Today I want to explore a very simple and what might be considered a trite phrase-count your blessings! So I thought it might be good to explore this simple act and how this links to hope.
I think all of us have at some point looked at our lives in the light of someone else’s orbit. I certainly have. I have wanted things that I don’t have and felt deeply sad about this. I could write a list a mile long on my various disappointments and many losses. I have battled depression over many years and some of this was due to these issues, especially not having had any children. However, this does not change things and makes me feel sad and frustrated. So, I have decided to try a different route.
Since starting on my hope adventure, my focus each day has been looking at hope. And as I have said before, hope has become Hope, like a friend. I now see life through a hopeful lens and this is no longer an effort. I take the time to stand and gaze at the gorgeous pink blossom ornamenting the local trees. I admire the beautiful arias the blackbirds share so freely. I trudge along the golden sand and admire the sea that does not worry about catching a virus. Nature sings out that it will carry on offering us its beauty.
And, needless to say, depression has evaporated like a mist. Hope has been my companion through this dreadful pandemic and offers comfort that even in the darkest of times, hope does not disappoint us. I believe in a loving God who has sent us Hope and I have never really known this hope before. Hope truly has been in my experience, an antidote to despair.
I love the beauty of nature; flowers, birdsong, trees in blossom and the roaring blue sky. I love walking and talking with my mum who I am sharing isolation with. And so many things. So I am counting my blessings. Here is a list of the count today, in no particular order of preference:
- My relationship with God
- My lungs that are working well
- The NHS doing such an amazing job
- Having lovely meals prepared by my family
- Lovely friends, who love and cherish me
- This blog and all the connections I have made through writing it
- Being a godmother to two lovely children
- My family
- My job
- I can breathe freely, without struggling for breath.
So today’s recipe of hope is to ask you to count your blessings and reflect on them. And I would love you to share some of your blessings with us and if you are running out of ideas then here is a lovely well known song: