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The Grateful Struggle – Week 2

Two weeks into my goal (challenge) to take note of what I am grateful for, and I am already finding it difficult!  I meant to post this yesterday, but I really couldn’t think of more than one thing I was grateful for in the last week.  I did some deep “soul searching” last night and this morning and tried to look outside of the literal box, just a little.  Here’s what I found:

1. I am grateful that I have a nanny who, while not always doing exactly what I want with the kids, does stay on top of all my laundry and most of the house cleaning.  I have already forgotten what it is like to have all those other responsibilities on top of everything I do.  Having a clean, somewhat organized house really reduces my stress level.

2. I am grateful that my husband is understanding about the demands of my job.  When I came home post-call on Saturday morning, he encouraged me to go to sleep, even though I insisted that I got a few hours of sleep.  He asked me if I wanted him to wake me for A’s soccer game in about 3 hours, and I said he could if he needed me to come.  I didn’t wake up spontaneously until 15 minutes after the soccer game ended.  It must have been them coming home that woke me up, but I fell back asleep and no one came to bother me.  I finally woke up for good 2 hours after that and when I came down to civilization, husband asked me if I was sure I got enough sleep and said I should go back to sleep if I really wanted to.  It felt great to get an additional 6 hours of sleep on a Saturday morning/afternoon without someone making me feel guilty for it.

3. I am grateful that I have become closer with my sister over the past few years.  Growing up, we were never close and we fought most of the time.  In the past few years, as she’s worked through some of her issues with mental health and her personality disorder, I’ve made more of an effort to be supportive for her.  It has paid off and she is now one of the people I talk to the most about struggles with our parents, the kids, my relationships, and she comes to me for some of her most important advice, too.

4. I am grateful that my provincial physician support program has been covering the cost for me to attend my counseling/psychology sessions.  They have renewed another 12 hours of sessions and said that I don’t have to worry about “running out,” as they will continue to pay for them as long I am finding them useful.  I know that these sessions have been infinitely helpful in getting me through these last few months and helping me grow mentally and emotionally through these difficult times.

That’s it.  I could only come up with four.  I guess even if it’s not 5, it’s still better than nothing!  I think I’m going to make it a mini goal to be more aware of things I am grateful for throughout the week rather than trying to reflect over the weekend as I prepare for this blog post. 🙂  I want to do one other thing too – but I need your help!

I put a survey on my blog once before and it wasn’t very popular – but this time I’m hoping you can all help me open my mind to other ways or concepts for which to be grateful.  And, to make it even more exciting, I want to trying and motivate all of you too!

Tell me what you are grateful for in your life – identify yourself, or stay anonymous – and I will feature all the responses I get on a special community gratefulness post!

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