The blessings in my life…
I believe that at any given time we should ALL count our blessings and not just at Christmas, this Christmas I personally seem to be reflecting alot on my year, years past and just life in general. There has been alot of stuff that has really opened my eyes to the world we live in.
Calgary has seen tremendous growth since we moved here 9 years ago from BC so much so that this year we seem to be really feeling the “growing pains” that come along with this kind of growth. We have people from every Province around us moving to Calgary in hopes of finding employment and “affordable housing”…this is not the case, sure we have employment but we certainly do not have “affordable housing”. We have people working their butts off and are homeless because they just can’t afford to rent a place to live never mind even thinking about buying a house here, that is virtually impossible for the working poor and in my eyes everyone out there deserves to have a roof over their heads, it’s very disturbing.
Here is a link of some stories of people that have moved to Calgary in hopes of finding work and a place to call home http://www.homelesspartners.com/home.html the stories of the people that are really just trying to provide for themselves or their families are really heartbreaking. Sure there are stories of addicts trying to clean up their lives and more than likely they are in the situation they are in because of their addiction, but, if they are trying to turn their lives around than who am I to judge?
I personally feel truly blessed every single day of my life. I am thankful for my whole family’s health and happiness. I am thankful for my home, the heat I feel during these very cold winter months. I am thankful that I do not go a day being hungry nor do my children. I am thankful for the family and friends in my life that love me unconditionally. I am thankful for every day that I drive on city streets and that I arrive home safely. I am thankful for the jobs that both Billy and I have. I am thankful for the things that I can provide my children that I never had growing up. I am thankful for the stability in my life and my children’s life. I am thankful for a loving, supportive husband that truly loves me uncondionally and no matter what obstacles we may encounter I know that because of our love for eachother and our ability to openly communicate about everything that we will always be able to work through anything that gets in our way.
I guess what I’m trying to say is STOP and take a moment to reflect and count YOUR blessings and love your family unconditonally and most importantly tell your children, tell your loved ones that you do LOVE THEM!
I know that I have made a very small difference in people’s lives this holiday season and I hope you are out there making a difference also. The only thing I could wish for is that we continue to help those in need not just during the holiday season but all year long.