The Gratitude Collection #3

September 30, 2016



Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, becuase his faithful love lasts forever! Psalm One One Eight verse One 

There are so many things I am grateful for right now. 

Relative good health is one of them. 

Ending up in hospital with urosepsis a few weeks ago was not very pleasant, but it sure did give me time and cause to rethink what I was spending my time doing. My body had been telling me to rest and recover from a bout of bronchitis for a while and I didn’t listen. In my mind there was just too many things to do, too many commitments I needed to fulfil and too many causes I thought I needed to worry about. My health was delegated to second place. It took me to end up in an emergency department being pumped full of fluids and morphine to make me stop. God knew what I needed. I needed to be brought down to my knees (literally – I couldn’t walk!)  

In hospital I made a list; things I was committed to (this included the small things that pop up every now or randomly throughout the year), a sublist of the things that I need to give up and delegate away and another sublist of the things that I love – the things I would keep doing. It ended up being a substantial list, because I am the person who started to say ‘yes’ willy nilly after she swore that she wouldn’t a few years ago. Ho hum.

Anyhow, over the past few weeks I have sent emails and delegated or pulled out of quite a few things. My list of commitments now feels managable. 

So how am I? I am a whole lot better than a few weeks ago, but I’m not in the health I was before my chest infection that started this whole sepsis debarcle ball rolling. I have a few niggly aches and pains as well as feeling tired when I overdo it.  My GP and specialist have assured me that this is normal and that I need to be patient. Let’s add another ‘ho hum’ right here. I’m working out that I’m not that patient..

The school holidays have been a real blessing. No routines to stick to, no usual meetings and commitments that crop up during the school term. We have chilled around home and I have been able to do some of the things that I love. Sewing, crocheting, baking, gardening and blogging! Three cheers for that! 

So, I’m grateful today for having the energy to do the things I love this week.

I’m thankful for my kids who know how to pitch in and are so helpful around the house. 

I’m thankful for the wonderful weather we had in Perth yesterday. A trip to Kings Park for a picnic was the perfect tonic after being cooped up at home while the rain poured down! 

What are you thankful for? What can you add to the #thegratitudecollection this week? Let me know in the comments, or share a photo on facebook or instagram and tag it with #thegratitudecollection so I can see it! We have so much to be thankful for. Let’s spread the gratitude joy! 


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