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  1. Life is so unpredictable. You can only do at any given moment what seems to be the right thing. Being grateful for what ever happens is good because I honestly believe it prepares you, helps you in some way for what comes next. And even if it’s crap, there’s a lesson in it. I love life a lot, all its gifts good and bad. Being both is alright … much love and appreciation to you …

  2. I’m sorry about your melancholy mood, and the passing of your parents. The older I get (I’m 50), the more I think about that SOMEDAY ๐Ÿ™ I can relate to this post- your story about the heating oil and trying to type with gloves made me chuckle- I sit in my kitchen and type in the winter with my feet wrapped in a heating pad- and that’s with heat!

    Thanks for the inspiration today. This is the second time I’ve been at your blog recently. I really enjoy reading your posts!

  3. That’s pretty profound. And pretty correct–things do change on a dime. Gratitude is something we should always take time for. Hope things get brighter for you.

  4. Unfortunately it can be fairly easy for anyone to take something for granted. I think we have all done it at least once at one point. We just have to remember to be grateful and try to keep that perspective.

  5. This is such an important message, having just lost my grandmother I can really understand so much of what you are saying this is something we all need to work on and often!!

  6. Lovely post, thank you for sharing. I love my home and some days I’m so grateful that I get to live where I do, but other days I definitely take for granted the fact that I have laundry and air conditioning when many people my age don’t have those things in their apartments yet.

  7. I love that quote. I am sorry for your losses and disappointments. I think I became very conscious of being grateful after 9-11. My husband was on a plane headed for NYC that day. I was fortunate, he returned home safe and sound, so many were not so fortunate. Since then I have always said that you don’t know what you will have tomorrow, so be grateful for it today.

  8. I thank God every day, for today and for tomorrow. I try to take little for granted because I know things change. When I graduated from high school my father asked me to look around the room because “you’ll never be in a room with all of these people again.” Little did he know 4 of my classmates would die in car crashes that night (that was 1972). Every day is a blessing. May the memories of your mom and dad be blessings for you and your family.

    • Oh my god, how awful is that. You dad was so right. Make sure you hug him. Even though he didn’t mean to, he taught you a valuable lesson.

  9. Jeanine

    sorry about your parents! i think its a lot easier for most people to take things for granted than count their blessings, I for one learned long ago that isn’t the way to go!

  10. Life has been so crazy lately. I went through a move and separation last fall. Spent the winter trying to figure out what to do with myself. Then, gathering myself up, working out, reaching out to friends and now my life is awesome. I owe that to finding something positive in every day.

  11. Both of my parents are gone. But I’m looking forward to this fathers day. My son and his wife had there first child my granddaughter.
    Looking forward getting them something for father day. thinking about tea.
    Since you been writing since your a teenager. Did you keep a diary?
    Coffee is on

  12. I lost my Dad when he was 50 (I was 13 days short of my 13th birthday)–I think it was then that I really learned to be grateful for what and who I have. I am very lucky to still have my Mom who will turn 94 in November–still active and playing Bridge etc. Many things have happened in my life-both good and bad and I have learned to take one day at a time–always looking forward-but never forgetting the past.

  13. I think lots of children take their parents for granted, sometimes not on purpose it just gets safe to know they are there, they are always around. I lost my mom in 2002 and it was a gradual process but it was so quick. I know I took her for granted plenty of times and I wish I would have seen it then.

  14. Lovely post. I am so sorry you lost your father.

    “(and why does 58 to 60 degrees indoors feel so COLD, when itโ€™s actually a comfortable temperature outside in spring or fall?)” – that is so true.

  15. Elizabeth O.

    It’s not healthy to settle, but that doesn’t mean it’s also healthy to ignore what you have. Everyday is a blessing that we must never take advantage of. We should learn to appreciate what we have. It’s a lesson we all seem to forget so quickly.

  16. Like you after my parents passed away I really had to take a look out my life and see what I was taken for granted. My mother passed away in 2005 shortly before my 21st birthday and my dad passed away in 2010. Both of them were too young my mom was 51 and my dad was 59. After losing both of them at such a young age I realized life is short and precious and taking things for granted was something I couldn’t afford to do anymore. So now each day I try to live it to the fullest and remember I dont know whether I or the ones I love will be here tomorrow. So no regrets, live life to the fullest and go to bed happy and content are how I try to live my life now.

  17. So sorry to hear about your dad and your mother, my grandmother died nearly three years ago from bowel cancer and it was so hard for me to deal with. My aunty had stomach cancer but thankfully she survived. Hope you will be ok hun xx

  18. You never know what life will bring you and how what you think are going to be forever plans, will simply fade away. But you know, there is a saying, when life closes a door, it also opens a window. So look for that window and make it a door.

  19. Nicole Escat

    Life is full of blessings, sometimes we don’t appreciate it because we expect something else.

  20. Thank you for sharing a difficult time with us all. More people that do this help the whole process for those yet to go though the pain.
    Always count your blessings.

  21. Nikki Jenner

    Sometimes we take things for granted, but we aren’t aware that these things are actually blessings.

  22. I’m sorry about your dad and mom. Life is so unpredictable and it can change so quickly. There are so many things that I took for granted. Thank you for this reminder that I should cherish all the people that I love while they are still with me.

  23. Elizabeth O

    Like you and so many others, I’ve had my share of challenges over the years; especially the last 5. I stay faithful and grateful for God’s grace and blessings in my life and that buoys my spirit. I don’t take anything for granted… ever. Sending you blessings, hugs and love. I love your inspiring post.

  24. Life has taught me not to take anything for granted and to truly live in the moment and be blessed for what I have. I have only learned this through many life experiences. What a great reminder.

  25. Stephanie Ortez

    I’m so sorry about your parents. We live in an era where electronics have taken over friendships, the small moments in life, like gazing at nature or enjoying a sunset. We spend more time “connected” with technology that we have forgotten what really matters, family, lovers, husbands, etc…Thank you for reminding us what really matters in life.

  26. Lexie Lane

    I have many things taken for granted too, I was inspired of your post and will make things right. I am sorry about your parents.

  27. CourtneyLynne

    I’m all about finding the positives in life and being thankful for everything. I wish more people would be thankful for what they have now.

  28. Kathy

    I’m very sorry to hear about your parents. I never take anything for granted. It’s always great to see the positives in life and live each day to the fullest.

  29. What a very powerful post. I do hope you are proud with your achievements and glad for all you have had because sometimes we just have to accept that things change (not in our opinion for the better either!). But sometimes doors have to be closed for others to open, and sometimes we sadly don’t see the open doors in front of us because we are so busy looking at the ones that closed. You sound like a very strong person who is positive and able to work through the changing life path and keep strong, even though it isn’t necessarily a pathway you are comfortable with. I wish you the best of luck and happiness. That quote really hit home to me.

    Enjoy the journey!

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