I spent most of today with my sister at the hospital. Last weekend, while we experienced a camping emergency on the banks of the Loddon River, she had her own drama when she broke her right wrist.
Today I took her back to hospital to have another x-ray and a full cast re-set. The good news was that she may not need surgery. But she’ll need to have the cast on for at least six weeks.
I remarked on how well she’s coping and what a strong resilient attitude she has. There’s little self pity, just an acceptance of “this is how it is” and she’s had to adapt the adage of going slow. But there’s also frustration there and I copped the brunt of it today.
We had a big fight, the details of which I won’t go into here. Misunderstandings and miscommunications can do that, in any family and even in the strongest of relationships. We yelled and swore, cleared the air and eventually we hugged and made up, which was just as well otherwise she would have been walking a very long trip to the hospital!
Today it was all about slowing down and being grateful. Grateful for each other, saying thank you and I love you even through our misunderstandings.
When I was driving home I started thinking about ways that I can slow down.
Stepping outside when things get too much, taking time out to do what I enjoy and not feel guilty, not sweating the small stuff and tying to keep things in perspective.
I’ve been keeping a Gratitude Journal for the past five years. It’s become a dally ritual for me, jotting down things I’m grateful for, just before bed. It’s like a best friend that I check in with at the end of each day. But I admit sometimes when I’ve had a lousy day it can be hard.
Today as I turned a page I was greeted with “I am becoming an Autumn Tree” and it reminded me that, even though none of us are perfect, there’s still plenty of beauty to be found within all of us.
Today in my Gratitude Journal I said thank you for the power of forgiveness and the blessing of family. I’m thankful for the things that intertwine us, the differences that make us all unique and special, even if we don’t always agree. Through this we grow and learn from each other.
I said thank you for the small things in my day, the easy commute in the morning and the fact that my son who is on a survival bush camp had sunshine for the first time this week.
Today and every day may we be thankful for all we have in our life, for the big and the little things, the ordinary and the extraordinary. May we always be thankful for the miracle of our life.
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