St. Patrick’s day is this week, or as I like to call it, Irish Day. I call it that for no other reason than my brain can’t seem to remember St. Patrick’s name. Perhaps I shouldn’t be as lucky as I turned out to be? But if my research is right, the day isn’t just about the anniversary of the death of a Saint but about celebrating Ireland. Irish Day will do!
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I count myself VERY fortunate in pretty much ALL areas of my life. I use such words as blessed, grateful and lucky with abandon. I’m like a broken record when it comes to Gratitude. But when I think about it, being grateful isn’t about having luck. Yet, I know that I am lucky to be grateful. Does that make sense? It’s like the chicken and the egg thing. Are you grateful because your life is full? Or is your life full because you are grateful? I hold firm in the belief that our perspective on our lives is everything. One woman’s bliss is another woman’s nightmare. And so it goes.
It’s like when you read those affirmations on social media explaining life in 10 words or less. The secret to having it all is believing that you do. That one is my favorite. While I make fun of it being posted all over Pinterest, I actually believe the sentiment wholeheartedly. Someone might look at my life and think “Oh God! Who would want that?” But for me? It’s perfection. It’s funny, because this is coming from a girl who always looked over her shoulder, wondering if the grass was greener somewhere else. But now, while the reality of my actual lawn is bare patches and grubs, figuratively, it is the lushest lawn in the land. Instead of looking over my shoulder, these days I gaze in wonder at my amazing husband and our beautiful son and I thank my lucky stars.
I know I have abundance in my life. And I know I don’t have certain challenges that many people face. But I certainly have a healthy share of challenges and road blocks in my life. The point is, everyone has their cross to bear. We all have something. Because that is Life. The good and the bad. It’s all about how we handle what we are given. How we react. In fact, our reactions are the only things we actually can control in our life. The choice is ours. The glass is either half full or half empty.
I have spent my life around enough “half empty” people to know its not a path I’d like to follow. I prefer to believe my cup runneth over. I choose the wonder of rainbows and the possibility of pots of gold. I prefer to drink in and savor every moment with my husband and son. My life with them is a happiness I had only heard about until I was fortunate enough to experience it myself. So am I lucky? Aye…..I believe that I am. And that makes it so.
Until next time, may the road rise up to meet you, and remember, behind every great kid is a mom who is pretty sure she is screwing it up. Thank you so much for reading! Xo