Countdown – 19 days till Christmas

Day 8: Gratitude Blog – One beautiful thing I saw today…

I'm blessed with everything I need. I am working hard toward everything I want. And most of all I appreciate and thank God for what I have.

When my son earned a player’s player award for his football team, one beautiful thing I saw today was his content and proud smile. I haven’t seen that smile in a while, since lockdown happened and football, amongst many other activities were restricted. My son has always been a valuable player in his teams, this I’ve always known, but to have other’s see him the way that I see him, and value his efforts the way that they have, is such a lovely acknowledgement. He’s really quite stoked and deservedly so. 

The context really is important to him though. As much as his Dad shares with him different skills and techniques, and I talk with him before and after games, it’s only until he’s recognized by his peers and club, that he fully believes in himself the way that we do. That he sees himself and his potential, the way that we do. He is genuinely so very happily surprised and I really am happy and proud for him.

I really hope that he takes this honour in his stride and keeps moving forward with the same passion and pride. When you’re young like that, you have so much to look forward to, so many more passions to be followed and many more dreams yet to be fulfilled. Every day is a new opportunity to learn and I’m excited for him.

One thing I’m glad I learned today, or was reminded of rather, was that life always has something to teach you no matter how wise or experienced you think you are. With all of life’s challenges, sacrifices made and general disagreements endured over the devil in the details, just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Universe gifts you with a gentle reminder that she still tucks a few aces up her sleeve for you. And releases them in moments like today, just to give you a sign that you are all heading in the right direction. Keep on keeping on is all I know, because these truly are the moments that makes it all worthwhile.

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