Counting Your Blessings – Every Day

It’s been a pretty full on week this week. On such weeks, it is easy to get so caught up by the ho hum of the week, that you miss time to stop, reflect, enjoy. I was reminded of this this morning.

Last night, reasonably exhausted, I went to bed about 9ish. The kids were all asleep so I managed a good deep sleep also. I slept through to just before 6am. Nine hours, wow! For someone who typically exists on maximum 7 hours a night, that was a serious session of shut eye.

6am and awake, everyone else in the house still blissfully asleep, I got out of bed, put on some tackies and went for a jog. Within 3 minutes of my front gate there is a bridge over the Tallebudgera Creek. This morning sitting on the rail on the far side of the bridge was a magnificent Brahminy Kite. What a beautiful bird. As I approached it flew off the rail, under the bridge and settled on a tree stump on the side of the creek.

It waited there till I returned from my jog, at which point I stopped for a bit and just watched her (I am not actually sure it was a her by the way). When I got home I grabbed a camera and went to snap a shot, but she was gone, so no photo.

Back at home, changing out of my sweaty gear a couple of kookaburras started laughing in our backyard. My 2 year old son, now awake, was quite excited by this, “kooka-bugga” he exclaims.

What a great way to be welcomed to the weekend, the birds of my backyard greeting me with sight and song. All I had to do was wake up fresh, get out of bed and be present enough to enjoy.

Sometimes you really have to count your blessing though don’t you. And sometimes they are as simple as where you live and what is around you. Love living on the Gold Coast.

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