This Much I'm Grateful For...

Today's theme is grateful. If you've been following the #dailywritingchallenge you'll have read lots of blogs on the word themes that the fantastic Hannah Wilson has been leading on. Quite frankly it's a sanity saver. I've found it fun, hard and inspiring - often all at the same time. It's great to be able to share some of our fears and vulnerabilities in a safe space. 

I'm currently facing 6 months of unemployment. It's the stark reality for many but I'm grateful I have a partner with a bit of a pension, no mortgage and the ability to earn some a pounds through writing. I'm grateful for a few savings. I'm grateful that so far my family have avoided the virus and only a few friends have caught it. I'm grateful that when I check on my friends via social media they are ok. I'm grateful for the friend who wishes me good night every single night without fail and is there with a good morning when I wake up. I worry about them as I know they worry for me. I'm grateful they understand my need to check. 

One of the unexpected consequences of being forced to have a new perspective is that I can have a new perspective on what would normally have really unnerved me. I can own my mistakes in a different way because things are different and at the moment we're all feeling fractious and scared and worried so I can understand your snapping at me or shouting at me or ignoring me. It's okay. It really is. We'll sort it. Together. 

I hope that you like these lyrics from Rita Ora...I do...the song is called Grateful. You might not like the tune but the words are powerful.

To rise above it all
I'm grateful for the storm
Made me appreciate the sun
I'm grateful for the wrong ones
Made me appreciate the right ones
I'm grateful for the pain
For everything that made me break
I'm thankful for all my scars
'Cause they only make my heart
Grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful

And I am grateful. I have you in my life even though we'll never meet. I'm grateful for the wisdom of my mother who sees this crisis through the lens of WW2. I'm grateful for today. 

I hope that I'm grateful tomorrow. 


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