How do you want to live your life?


on November 10, 2012

I was inspired to write today’s post when I was watching the movie ‘unbreakable’; but the key is not the storyline but a little detail within it. There are 2 main characters in the movie; the supposed hero played by Bruce Willis and the villain played by Samuel L. Jackson.

You must be wondering what connects this movie and today’s theme about gratefulness? At the beginning of the movie; the scene showed the delivery of Samuel’s character who was born with broken limbs and the devastation experienced by his mother. It made me realised how lucky I am that my children are healthy! Just earlier in the day, I had to go to their school to attend a parent-teacher’s conference. For those of you who do not know what this is; twice a year, parents have a meeting with teachers so that both parties can have a discussion about the child and their progress in school and how to help them do better.

We place a lot of emphasis on achievements because that is the reality of life. In order to live a reasonably comfortable life, everyone, well almost everyone has to work hard. As parents, it is our duty to ensure that our children acquire the necessary skills to live the kind of life they desire in the future.

We often overlook or take for granted a very important point, especially when our children are born ‘normal”. We want them to be exceptional! Normal is not good enough. Take a moment to consider this; they are healthy!! We should be so grateful for that!But we are not!

My humble suggestion for today is this: for today, be grateful that our children is normal, even if their school results are not great. Be thankful that they can run up and down and annoy us. It is a gift but we find it annoying but they are on their feet, aren’t they? Instead of a wheelchair? Change your perspective, and you will see that we are so lucky to have seemingly normal children.


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