Yesterday I learned that a friend of mine has been diagnosed with cancer. Our children are the same age.
This devastating news shook my heart and instantly gave me a different perspective. Although I am praying for and believing that she will fight and beat it, I know her and her family will have a difficult few months ahead as she undergoes treatment. Instantly I thought about everything I take for granted. My health and the ability to look after and care for my family is a gift. Just having the ability to complete those mundane household chores is a gift. A gift we too often take for granted. I thought about this as I swept the floor yesterday..
I definitely don't love sweeping the floor, but what if I couldn't?
Just the thought of that alternative makes me well up.
Being able to care for my family is something I love and I have definitely been taking my ability to do this for granted. Today I did those little mundane tasks and chores with a lighter and much more thankful heart. I spent time with my children just soaking in the awareness of how much of a gift they are, and how these precious times are way too easily taken for granted. Yes taking care of a family is hard work and a huge responsibility, but what a precious responsibility and gift it is.