In life it is all to easy to focus on the the negative things and over look the positive. How many of us take a moment or two to count our blessings and look at the happy and good things in our lives? Well I'm taking a moment to count my blessings...
On the 1st of November 2008, the weather was awful, the rain hammering down all day long. But that didn't spoil a wonderful day, the day I married Pete. It was a fantastic day we shared with wonderful friends and family. Pete is most definitely one of the blessings in my life. I feel we complement each other, when I get anxious or stressed out Pete is there to calm me down, when he is ready to give up on something I am there to push him further. There are lots of corny words to describe how I feel about Pete, but I'm not really a corny person so I'll stick with, he's my best friend. Pete introduced me to a person inside me who before him, I never knew was there. He has brought out the adventurer in me. Until Pete, I never realised how much I loved the great outdoors, camping and exploring, although looking back as a child as much as I loved girly things I was a tomboy and loved exploring and imagining I was on great adventures. Then like many people I grew up, started working and forgot that girl was inside of me. Pete re-awakened the great adventurer in me (possibly because he has never truly grown up).
Picture number two is of my amazing parents or as we often refer to them "The Olds". I have been truly blessed with my parents. Throughout my life they have always been there for me and 100% supportive, through school, university and now with MS. The day I was diagnosed with MS it broke their hearts, but they are so happy that things seem to be well controlled and that so far it hasn't affected my life as badly as they feared. They, as are Pete and I, are hoping that now I'm on Avonex that's the way things will stay for a good long while.
The third little blessing I want to talk about is Spike my gorgeous dog. Now others may find this a little bit sad and not in a wipe a tear from my eye sad but, he is part of our family. In his own little way he has been a great help to me since my diagnosis, from cuddles which are so comforting when your down to warming my feet up when they feel like two ice blocks. They say dogs are mans best friend and I couldn't agree more. Spike has been the best and has a brought much happiness into our house and lives.
For number four, I couldn't fit in a picture of all the friends that mean so much to me so it's just that one simple word, friends. I am extremely blessed to have lots of wonderful friends. Some I see often, some I see once in a blue moon but they all have a special place in my heart and I know will always be there for me. One of my dear friends, Donna, an aspiring writer who also has her own blog, recently wrote a wonderful post about the different types of friendships we experience throughout our lives, when you read it I am sure you will be able to relate friendships in your lives to it. I have some wonderful friends, some who I have know since I was a child and some I have met in the last few years but all my friends now I hope are lifetime friends. A link for Donna's blog is at the end.
Picture number five is of a nurse, well a nurse troll but you get the idea. Nursing has been a blessing to me for a number of reasons. Through nursing I have met some wonderful people many of whom are still great friends of mine. Having knowledge isn't always a good thing but the knowledge and experience I have gained from nursing has helped cope and deal with being diagnosed with MS although at times it has added to the stress of having an overactive imagination. Being a nurse helped me to make sure my cherished Nan was well cared for in the last days of her life. Sadly I wasn't happy with the care she was receiving in the hospital she was in and because she had a heart complaint , I used my connections to get her transferred to the hospital I was working at. Sadly she died only a few days after she was transferred but at least I know in the end she was well cared for, in fact one of my very good friends was looking after her the night she died.
So there are the five blessings I wanted to discuss with you but I can think of more. So what I want to ask you guys is take some time out to count your blessings, it would be lovely to here some of your blessings, even just the one.