Sometimes it is hard not to let life knock you down. The country is bankrupt and listening to the news or reading the newspapers is to inundate yourself in a stream of endless negativity. There is another draconian budget under way; VAT will go up by 2%, fuel prices are rising again, Child Benefit will be cut, new blanket household charges will be introduced. None of these measures are means-tested so it will be people who can least afford it that will be hit hardest. At the moment things are pretty bleak for us. My husband and I are both out of work and we’re struggling. It is hard to stay positive when you have to cannibalise a savings account that was meant to put the kids through college to pay the mortgage. To be honest, all the worrying was wearing me down and November is the gloomiest month of the year, it is raining almost continuously and I was getting a bit depressed.
One of the things I really like about blogging is the comments people leave on my blog. Today I received two comments that came at the right time; from Grey Horse Matters and Fetlock, both stopping by to wish me Happy Thanksgiving. Those comments pulled me up. It made me think about how being focussed on adversity can blind you to the good things in your life. Thanksgiving is of course not celebrated here in Ireland, but I like the idea behind it. To stop and count your blessings. That is so easy to do when life runs smoothly, but it is far more important when life is hard to find the lights that are still shining. And they don’t have to be blazing suns.