It sounds absurd that it takes a linky reminder for me to sit down and collect my thoughts on the things I’m grateful for this week when it should be something that should be nurtured on a daily basis. But over the last few weeks, life has thrown a hamper of crap and intense situations in my face and I’ve been feeling lacklustre in most aspects. So when Jus’s Thankful Tuesdays post pop in my social newsfeed today, I thought it was about time I took a step back and jot down the people & things I’ve been grateful for recently.
1. My mentor. My sifu
I cannot express enough how grateful I am to have been able to cross paths with him & be his first student. Well, kind of. While he’s not your usual Tony Robbins kinda motivational speaker, he actually bothers to come dirt clean with you in order for you to re-look at your current situation from other perspectives. You will also have to learn to suck up any personal ego of yours and embrace criticisms, constructive or not, in order to grow and learn. Scarily, most of the topics we’ve discussed about recently from people management, crisis management to social psychology make-up have actually materialized in my life within a span of a day or two right after discussion. Life’s way of putting my new lessons to the test? You bet!
2. A supportive partner
Someone recently shared her view on marriage with me. That love can be lost, but a great partnership thrives forever. I’m grateful that the Bo continues to be supportive in lending me a listening ear, being there for me during after-work events, takes a genuine interest in the challenges I face and tell me how much he loves me and our family everyday. The last 2 months have been trying for both of us on the home and work front, but I’m happy that he’s been there with me every step of our journey together, sometimes going the extra mile just so that I can step back to get a little breather. This year’s change has got to be the biggest & most uncomfortable one I’ve seen him make in the 6 years that we’ve been married. But to see how supportive he continues to be, how loving he remains, how dedicated he is to protecting and taking care of his family, I’m grateful.
3. A mum who loves me & my family so much
Despite having a long day at work, my mum comes over as often as she can (sometimes every day of the week) just to see, care for Liam and get him to bed just so the Bo & I can have a break in the evenings. In addition, she takes him out on weekends if her schedule permits, accompanies him for makeup classes happily and pampers him with train and bus rides to his delight. She’s more than just an awesome grandma to Liam, she continues to be a super mum to me for the generosity of love & things she has done and continues to do for me & my family.
They may be fewer than the bags & wallets I’ve accumulated over the years but I’m so thankful for the handful I have. We don’t talk everyday nor update every single event that’s happening in our lives, yet to be able to pick up where we left of, stab each other in the front when needed and later laugh about it, exercise candour regardless the situation – I’m grateful.
5. The folks at work
Spending a good part of my day with them, 5 days a week, I’m grateful that they make the workplace an enjoyable space to be in. There’s always delicious munchies lying around, concern shown about my pregnancy and Liam, a lot of wicked humour floating around and good food involved with these folks!
Sure my life has been shitty of late. My grouses outweighs any positive that comes out of it. My problems haven’t left, I’ve no idea when. And whining about it doesn’t seem to make it magically disappear.
BUT am I leading the worst life in the whole wide world? Am I all alone with no help or options? Am I stuck in something that I can’t get myself out of?
Thank goodness for Thankful Tuesday.