Just thinking – March 2012 (copied from previous blog)

I can’t believe how time flies! It’s been a while since my last blog, which when you consider that originally I wanted to be able to fit in a weekly blog, says a lot!

I’ve been caught up with the run of the mill stuff, decorating the house, working, just generally living really – but I haven’t dedicated my writing time very well. Now don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say I haven’t been writing – infact I’ve probably written more in the last few weeks than I did the whole previous month. But a lot of it has been non-creative writing. Application forms, emails and the like. Still, writing is writing 🙂


I met up this evening with a group of people I did my Ma with at Uni. We discuss various things in group, usually writing and what we are working on, what books we read, and what inspires us. That kind of thing. This week though the group seemed charged with something a little different. And it’s this inspiration that forms the basis for this particular blog.


All too often we become absorbed in our lives and fail to notice the things going on around us. We take for granted many things that in reality we should be thankful for. I was driving the other day and in the process of driving one particular road, I found myself getting quite annoyed at people for not saying thank you when I stopped to give way. By the time I drove the same road home, I was so annoyed that I found myself passing as someone else gave way, and failing to say thank you myself! That, along with my group meeting tonight, have made me realise that I have more to be thankful for. I am thankful for the people in my life whom I love, and inspire me in many ways. I am grateful I have people to tell me the truth even when I don’t want to hear it. I’m thankful for the ability to read and write, and get very sad when I think there are people who don’t get the opportunities I may be passed. I’m grateful for the chance to try for my own children, despite this being a long process, and thankful that I know one day we’ll succeed.


Just living our lives can often seem like an uphill battle, and it’s all too easy to forget to be thankful for what we have, what we want and what we hope for. Hopes and dreams are natures way of ensuring we always want for something, I can’t imagine one person who has everything they ever wanted. I would think if one had everything, then how would one live?

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