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27 December 2016


I am grateful.

"How blessed we are to have today."

Thank you. Two simple words that carry with them so much meaning. 
It is so easy to take things for granted, especially when we expect them to be around forever; family, friends, partners, opportunities, but in life there are no guarantees.
Think about those you hold dear to you right now - when was the last time you told them or showed them how much you appreciate their presence? With Christmas season upon us you probably managed to get some gifts for those you love but outside of the holidays and birthdays, how often do you shower those who love, support and encourage you with gratitude? 

It tends to unfortunately be the case that we often give those we value the most the least attention, putting them on the back burner for things less important simply because we expect them to be around forever right? We work, and we study and we grind and aim to build the best lives for ourselves, rightfully so, sometimes at the cost of our relationships. The last few months I have rain checked people so many times I can't even count, and my excuse is always "I'm busy" which is 100% true. But, going forward I know I need to make more of an effort to check in and spend time with the people who have been there for me, to support new ventures of friends and do more to show my appreciation. Not because I have to, but because they deserve for me to. 

The gestures don't need to elaborate, we can't always visit people every week or schedule in fancy dinners but we can call, text, even Facetime, just to let people know we're thinking of them. And it's not only those who do big things for us that deserve our gratitude. Anyone who adds a small dose of positivity or happiness to your day, from the guy who tells you you dropped your purse to the nice lady who gave you directions, they all deserve thanks of some kind, even if its just a smile. The world is moving so quickly now and we all want things to happen fast, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that really and truly noone owes you anything, nobody actually is obligated to go out their way to do anything for you so when they do, it's a pretty big deal!

Finally, be grateful for your life. For the days that have passed and the days by God's grace you have to come. Whether you're winning or your down at the moment, there are always things to appreciate! Count your blessings everyday and never forget that there is always someone who has it worse than you. Life is such a precious gift and we take it for granted so often, and it tends to only be when disaster strikes that we really tune in to how blessed we are. Life may not be perfect, in fact it never will be, but I guarantee that you will always find a reason to smile, if you look for one.

Oh and in the spirit of gratitude, if you read this, I am extremely thankful, and if you took anything from it then I'm even more blessed. 
Love always,

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