It’s been another long and bumpy week.
I’m teetering on the edge of that big black hole called ‘nothing ever goes right’. I’m hanging on by my fingernails, trying not to fall in, because I know once I’m there everything really will go to hell in a hand basket. It’s a nasty, evil, vicious cycle.
I need to remember that lots of things have in fact gone right this week, and the things that went wrong, in the scheme of things, aren’t all that terrible. I need to be grateful for all the goodness we have in our lives, all the love, and the good stuff. So I’m bastardising two of my best friend’s Linkys and I’ve given birth to a new one – Things I Know I am Grateful For.
I am grateful for walls.
I know that may sound strange, but after months and months of having parts of our external walls missing or in pieces it has finally stopped raining long enough to put the last of the insulation our external walls and all the new weather-boards on our house. Now maybe, just maybe we might get some internal walls, and a ceiling!
I am grateful for community.
To have friends to vent to when things are crappy. To have twitter to talk to when you feel alone. To have someone to call when you are stuck in traffic and know you won’t make it to school pick up on time. To have lunches with lovely bloggers and PR reps. To have family who come to help nail up weather-boards. To have a school celebrate everyone’s musical efforts no matter how good or bad. To have fabulous teachers, friends and family in my childrens’ lives. All of these things make me happy.
I am grateful for dirt.
I think I have a new motto for life… “If all else fails, go dig in the dirt.”
Seeing things growing in our garden again (apart from weeds), seeing the kids excited over a seed delivery, seeing the Smallest wet and muddy with strawberry juice running down his chin, eating home grown berries till you are sure you will burst…. all these things make the other stuff somehow seem ok.
I am grateful for small people.
It’s those moments when one of them throws their arms around you, shoves their face way too close to yours, breathes their sweet breath on you and tells you they love you… it’s in those moments that you know everything will be ok, that the vicious cycle will end, and you’ll climb out of the hole and keep going.
Are you having one of those weeks?
How do manage to hang on and not fall into the deep dark hole?
How do you manage to still find the good things when you’re dealing with all the crap?
Thanks to my love friends –
Kate from Kate Says Stuff who hosts Thankful Thursdays, and even lets you be thankful on other days!
Shaefrum Yay For Home who is hosting Things I Know for the last time this week.
Pop on over and say hi to both of them!