Writing Down My List Of Blessings
So that prompted me to write down my own list of 5 things that I had given this week, and 5 things I had received and felt were my blessings. I spent a good 2 hours thinking through these things in my list, not because I could not find any content for that list, but more so because I had so many and did not know how to prioritise them. So I just listed down what came into my mind first. Logically, that should be a reflection of what I was most grateful for, because they appeared first in my mind, right? A snapshot of that list is attached below.
The Harmony Between Giving And Receiving
This evening, I had the chance to re-evaluate this list and felt a-washed with a lot of gratitude because for one, the list titled "What I gave" had 5 items listed on it but the list titled "What I had received" had 6 items on it. I made a mistake. The rule was to only jot down 5 items on each list but I did not realise I had added in a 6th item. But was it really a mistake? Subconsciously, I believed that my heart and mind were in consensus that I had more opportunities to receive than I had given. I promptly made a mental note to correct that in future.
Then something struck me as I started thinking about that list I wrote. Much of what I had given of myself was my time and energy. I felt the best way to ensure that I had more opportunities to give, was to draw boundaries and have the courage to say NO. By saying NO, then I could give more of my time to being PRESENT with the people who mattered. So this is the list of what I gave today:
1) This evening, even when I was invited to a business cocktail, which lasted till 8pm, I drew my boundaries upfront and informed the gracious host that I had to take my leave earlier at 7.30pm as it was my "date night" with the hubby.
2) One of my friends had been going through some personal issues at home and while she needed my help and advice, I had been "very difficult to track down". We missed calls with each other, and we could not find a time suitable to visit each other. She even had to resort to making an appointment with me. So this afternoon, I made time to give her a call so that I could listen to her as she discussed her issues with me.
3) 12 May, the hubby and I would be celebrating our 13th or 14th wedding anniversary and his 50th birthday. I would have then just gotten back from our week long vacation in Sri Lanka, so I knew he would understand if I told him that I wanted to take the day off on his birthday so that I could spend the day with Mom instead. I wanted to be present for Mom, spoil her and pamper her, and more importantly, give her a break from taking care of Dad.
Now within these 3 scenarios, they were opportunities presented for me to give my time and energy. Equally so, I felt that they were blessings presented to me too:
1) I was blessed with great conversation and laughter with the hubby at our date night.
2) I was blessed with my friend's full trust in me as she poured her heart out to me about her issues. I was privileged to be able to help her as best as I could. Where I could not, I was glad I provided her with a listening ear.
3) I was blessed with a very understanding hubby, who knew when to give me space to bond with my Mom. He was never possessive of my time, and ever generous with ideas about where I could take her out to lunch. I am so excited about my day with Mom when I can bond with her over a scrumptious lunch as we laugh about my childhood days or about Dad's antics.
So you see? I have now got a well-balanced list of what I had given, and what I had been blessed with. Result!
About the writer:
The writer of this blog post is a 44 year old mother of one, who spreads her time between her day job as a marketing professional at a financial institution, her hobby as a certified professional tarot reader and numerologist, and her family which includes a 20 year old son and 3 dogs with personality disorders. She's married to a Scot who has been affectionately called "The Crazy AngMo" and prays that he does not find out that the term when translated, has labeled him as a "Ginger Head". Together, we create a home made up with more nuts than a fruitcake but filled with plenty of love. Her other blog can be found at http://sungoddesstarot.blogspot.com
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