When I first started blogging, I thought Hey I've got an opinion why not share it with the world. Pretty egotistical, huh? I'm sure I'm not the only one out here that wanted to get up on that soap box. I wasn't really interested in reading other people's blogs. However, I quickly realized that no one would actually even see my blog unless I got out there and started crawling around some networks and started to read other people's posts etc and comment.
It's not that I'm completely narcissistic (not completely I said), it's just I didn't figure I really had the time. After all I'm caring for three little children and it's a big stretch to even just get on and post something which was usually whining about how tough my life is. Then something happened, I started to "meet" people and enjoyed reading their blogs. I even found some of them to be inspiring and made me want to shed off my negativity and try to be more positive in my own outlook.
So here's what I've learned.
That there are moms/wives out there doing all this by themselves because their husbands have to be away.
That there are wives out there struggling to run a family and take care of their sick husbands.
That there are families out there with sick and possibly dying children.
That there are families out there that are seriously afraid of losing their jobs.
That are families out there that are raising more than 3 children and doing it to all appearances, really, really well.
That connections with people even people you may never meet and live in a different city and possibly even a different country all join in to create the feeling of a global community in which we receive help, encouragement and support from one another.
That no matter what, no matter when, there is always someone else out there that has it just a little bit tougher than I do.
So a little reminder to me of what I do have.
I have a wonderfully, loving and supportive husband who comes home to me every night.
I have 3 very healthy children and thank God for them.
I have a roof over my head and a job which may not pay much but it's mine and it gives me the flexibility to work the hours I want and need to best suit my children.
I have extended family who can help when I need them.
I have my own health.
I have at least one close friend whom I can share most everything with.
I have the internet and the ability to reach and be inspired by the journeys of others.
Of course, I have God.
There are so many other things I have to be thankful for but I need to go and tend to my children at the moment. Their needs must come first.