Looking for the Gift in Life’s Unexpected Events

I hope you are well beautiful soul and have been looking after yourself <3

I’m really not sure how it can be October already, but I feel a change of season is very welcome. Not that I don’t want the warmth of the sun or blue skies, but it is more a sense of moving forward through the year after feeling like groundhog day for months! 

That’s really what this email is about – looking for the gift in the learning or situation – even when it feels overwhelming or too negative.

Looking back on the Lockdown in March, I can now see the gifts present in that time. The fact that we had no time constraints on the day (no frantic school runs!), time with kids (beyond home learning!), had beautiful weather and were able to be outside, in paddling pools or trampoline).

It also showed the importance of family connection, seeing my parents and my kidlets spending quality time with their grandparents. Time that they will never get back or indeed experience again.

If you’ve seen any of my lives recently, I’ve mentioned that my Dad’s dementia deteriorated so much during lockdown that he is now in a nursing home. Those memories can never be experienced or made again, we have to change our view and re-focus those gifts. For me the gift is that I can actually see him once a week for 30ish minutes, something that many of my friends with parents in similar situation are unfortunately not able to do. 

So how can you reframe life at the moment – to see the gift that is there for you? I’d love you to share with me.

The rainbows are there to highlight the gift of sunshine, even when there is also rain.