‘Lisbeth prepares a bath’ Carl Larsson 1909
We tend to take our blessings for granted. In fact, we hardly recognize the blessings we have.
I love this following quote which brings home one small blessing that we probably don’t even think about.
“What a pure blessing it was to have a bath in a tub alone in a room where all you had to do was pump the water, not tote buckets. Then all you had to do was pull out the cork, not tote more buckets to the back porch–that kind of thing is easy to take lightly until you don’t have it.”
~ Nancy E. Turner, Sarah’s Quilt
There gratitude was being expressed for having a pump to get water, and we have the pleasure of being able turn on a tap in the house and get instant clear drinking water. It’s something that seems so mundane to us that we don’t think about it, but it’s a blessing.
When we remember just how many people in this world have so much less in their lives than we do, and not just material things, then we realize just how blessed we really are.
Being blessed does not mean that our lives are perfect or that our day goes according to exactly how we planned it.
“May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life.”
~ Heber J. Grant
So many of our blessings are hidden in plain sight, such as our health, our ability to read and share other people’s Elul posts, waking up in the morning, looking at a beautiful tree full of blossoms in our garden, or having a roof over our heads. When we look around, our blessings are there to be counted.
“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
~ Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings’