Beautiful blessings for Mother’s Day

Do you ever count your blessings?  Are you often grateful for what you have in life?

The greatest thing we can have is our health.  If we don’t have that, we don’t really have anything.  It is priceless.  When you are operating at a sub-optimal level, everyone and everything suffers.

For example, recently my husband caught the flu right before our vacation was to start, so we were unable to carry out our plan to drive to a timeshare in South Carolina and soak up the sun.  We were disappointed.  But he eventually got better, and we did a “staycation”— doing things in and around Boston.  The illness was a temporary thing, and we knew that we would have many other vacations in the future.

But as I know all too well, not everyone is so fortunate:  some people have life-changing illnesses.  My godmother, Aunt Marilyn, suffered from severe MS (multiple sclerosis). From the age of 31, she had it for 45 horrible years. She used to allow bees to sting her arms and legs — just so that she could get some feeling in her nerves.  Every day she went through this ordeal.  Through it all, she remained a strong mother, wife and grandmother, and never complained. I miss her; she died a year-and-a-half ago.  She had great faith, and that is what got her through things.

If you know me, you know that I share this approach to life.  Who taught me to be this way? It came from my upbringing.  I’ve had several great teachers, including my mother, mother-in-law, and godmother.  They all have this type of attitude and belief.  I have lived my life to emulate this type of caring.

Here’s a thought about blessings I’d like to leave with you:  If you want to be able to truly count your blessings, go to the VA hospital and see people who are in bed 24/7.  What do they have to be thankful for?  Life!  They are often the kindest and nicest people. They appreciate life.  This will make you feel better because there is always someone worse off than you.

Happy Mother’s Day to Mom Tosi, Mom Sasso, and all other mothers who celebrate the day. Remember to do something special for your mom this weekend (if you are lucky enough to have your mom with you). If you are a mom, do something special for yourself.  Count your blessings every day.  I am so thankful every day for my family and for having all four of the parents alive and reasonably healthy.  Sometimes it’s the little things in life that matter the most.

With gratitude and best wishes,
Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach & Motivational Speaker

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