Yesterday I received a blessing. Someone went out of their way to do something very lovely for me. I sit here now thankful, and as I consider yesterday some more I realise that other people went out of their way to do something for me. What I also realise is that I have not always considered these things as blessings. In fact they are things that I have, in the past, taken for granted.
A lovely friend, who each day, greets me with a beautiful smile and the certainty of true friendship. My sister who sat and shared tea with me when there were twenty other things she could have been doing.
When life takes an unexpected turn it can lead to life being viewed in a completely different way.
Every sun was bringing a new day, however it was not the day I wanted. By choosing to view the day differently I have begun to see each new day in a new way.
Previously, I thought blessings were associated with material things. A lovely house, a shiny car, a wardrobe full of clothes (and shoes!), hot holidays. My eyes have been opened and, whilst all these things are wonderful blessings, there is so much more.
My life is not where I had hoped it would be. I often complain to God that my heart hurts, yet 'what if your blessings come through raindrops?' (Blessings, Laura Story, 2011). I live each new day knowing I have so much to be thankful for. Blessings are not just there on the good days, they are there all the time.
Blessings can be found in a smile...in a kind word...in a thoughtful deed...in a line from a song...in a moment shared...in a hand finding yours...in saying hello...in encouraging one another...in saying thank you...in a beautiful sunrise...in friendship...in putting someone first...in doing to others what you would have them do to you.
My part is to look for those blessings - I think that will not be difficult to do!