I spent most of my childhood looking out my window…waiting. Waiting for her return, waiting for his, he would never and I worried if she would. She is my mom and he is dead.
My mom had her own business for which she worked very hard. I did what I could to lighten her life…ultimately my mission is to give her all her dreams.
I remember life in a third world country, not having much, but deciding to be happy. When you don’t know what you don’t know, you remain innocent.
It would be three in the morning and I would be gently shaken awake. My mom would take me to our veranda and bathe me with a bucket of water. The water wasn’t heated, though that was just fine. It would hit my skin and to America’s standards it would be freezing cold, to me it was only normal. She would go shopping for her business all day long and I would stand by the window praying for her return.
By the time I was a teenager I gifted myself with a thick blue soap. We had a huge orange tub, which would be filled with water by a pipe outside and placed on a bench.
Little fingers, little feet, raisin fingers, slippered feet, standing in the open air, surrounded by coconut trees…
My mom worked six days a week and I felt it was my duty to lessen her work load at home. I would hand wash the clothing and it would take a few hours to complete the job. The clothing was hung on a clothing line and left in the open air to dry.
Some of my happiest moments are staring into the sky while I worked and saying thank you for my blessings. I swept with a pointer broom that I sometimes made. Actually, that was quite fun! I would take the branches of a coconut tree and with a knife strip the green foliage off and the pointer would be left. It’s then held together with twine or a few rubber bands.
Back in those days our home was unpainted and because we had so much pride in our home I would scape the steps to make it shine and take any dirt off of it. I had a sharp metal scraper, fifteen steps, a veranda and no shame! Today that would be child abuse, back then it was my teacher and my blessing! What a character building moment in my life!
It’s so easy to complain living in a first world country. We love to voice our dissatisfaction with our relationships, career or business, our finances, ourselves and the list goes on…I’m not saying you shouldn’t want more, what we ought to do more is to live life with a grateful heart.
The simple luxuries of having a comfortable home, shoes, a phone, a fridge, food in the fridge, T.V, soap, shampoo, money (even if it’s not much) are all things we often take for granted.
How about loving families and friends, jobs, businesses and the most important; access to education. Something as simple and profound as education isn’t easily accessible in some countries.
So much is left unsaid for a lot of the world. We see our world, our problems and are blinded to the good fortune that stares us in the face.
Use the twenty four hours that you’re blessed with to really appreciate the miracle of your day. It’s so common to curse this day and wonder when a better day will come; instead let’s use this moment to make the choice that whether today is good or bad, it will be a great one because you’ve decided that it is…
Start speaking gratitude into your life. Somehow when we speak and act in the path of gratitude, it becomes us! Gratitude also has a lot to do with focus. If we focus on the things that are not right and broken in our lives then that’s as far as the mind will see. When we remove the obstructions in our minds, we become an unstoppable force.
Show gratitude. The truth is that we all have folks in our lives who have served us and the way we show our appreciation is by reciprocating. The Law of Reciprocity says that when you serve with a genuine, gracious heart, the universe can’t help, but respond and reward.
Let belief become the imprint of your life. I like to say that perception is reality! Whatever we choose to believe or not is our truth. So when you believe you’re stuck, you’re hurting, your day is shot or your day is amazing and only good things come to you; that’s what you get! Believe in the things you want in your life because why would you speak the very things you want out of your life.
If you know where your mind is going, you might as well get there. If you refuse to change then you’re refusing to grow! If you refuse to grow, you become stagnant and if you become stagnant, then that’s who you are…No more excuses, even if you call them reasons! Likewise, when you lead your life with a gracious heart then that is you! Make the choice to be grateful, you deserve that!
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