Happiness, the thing everyone is searching for, but so often can’t find. We all want to feel joy in our lives, but there are times when it seems almost impossible to come by. After my divorce I was sure that I would never feel happiness again. I honestly didn’t think it was possible. I was too devastated. But I can truthfully say today, that I have found the key to happiness, and it really isn’t that hard to find. All you have to do is count your blessings.
Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Some days it is far easier to spot your blessings than others. Right after my divorce, I had to really look deep, because I certainly couldn’t see very many right at first. It was the darkest time of my life, I wasn’t sure I had any blessings. I couldn’t have been more wrong, I just was choosing not to see them. It was during this time that I received incredible support from people that barely knew me. My mother’s friends sent cards of sympathy, they sent money, they even tried setting me up on a few dates! They wanted to be there for me, and most of them hardly knew me. My close friends and family checked in on my often. Some brought dinners, others donated clothes and shoes for Logan now that I could no longer afford them. Everyone banded together to make sure that I felt loved. My sweet parents allowed my son and I to move into their basement so that we had somewhere to live. They allowed us to live free of charge so that I had the opportunity to finish school and go after my dreams. I had a beautiful son who loved me and gave me hugs and kisses every single night. I had blessings coming out my ears and yet I couldn’t see any of them!
When you are in your darkest hour, reach for a pen and write down all of the blessings you have in your life. You may be surprised what you come up with. At a time when your blessings may be hardest to see, that is when you need them most. They are there. Look for them. Write them down and refer to them often. The next time you need a little lift, pull out that list and remember just how blessed you really are.