Letter from my child

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

Copyright ©Far Away in the Sunshine 2010 – 2020

This is the second guest post here. The first one was Erica’s. This time it comes from my own child. Words can’t describe how I felt reading this. Here is what she had to say:

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Practicing‌ ‌gratitude‌ ‌ ‌

Firstly,‌ ‌thank‌ ‌you,‌ ‌Ma,‌ ‌for‌ ‌inviting‌ ‌me‌ ‌to‌ ‌spend‌ ‌a‌ ‌little‌ ‌time‌ ‌in‌ ‌your‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌haven.‌ ‌

You‌ ‌already‌ ‌know‌ ‌this,‌ ‌but‌ ‌I‌ ‌‌ ‌love‌ ‌your‌ ‌blog.‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌always‌ ‌seen‌ ‌this‌ ‌space‌ ‌as‌ ‌an ‌internet‌ ‌oasis-‌ ‌a‌ ‌place‌ ‌where‌ ‌I‌ ‌can‌ ‌remember‌ ‌to‌ ‌fall‌ ‌in‌ ‌love‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌little‌ ‌things‌ ‌in‌ ‌life‌ ‌that‌ ‌one‌ ‌forgets‌ ‌amidst‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌hustle,‌ ‌and‌ ‌bustle, of everyday life.‌ Even‌ ‌when‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌not‌ ‌all‌ ‌sunshine‌ ‌and‌ ‌rainbows,‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌such‌ ‌a‌ ‌calming‌ ‌way‌ ‌of‌ ‌describing‌ ‌emotion‌ ‌that‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌difficult‌ ‌not‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌swept‌ ‌up.‌ ‌You‌ ‌have‌ ‌infused‌ ‌so‌ ‌much‌ ‌of‌ ‌yourself‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌words‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌posts‌ ‌that‌ ‌I‌ ‌can‌ ‌always‌ ‌hear‌ ‌your‌ ‌voice‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌read‌ ‌them.‌ Such‌ ‌
a‌ ‌comforting‌ ‌feeling.‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌‌happy‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌are‌ ‌back‌ ‌again‌ ‌and‌ ‌posting‌ ‌every‌ ‌day‌ ‌this‌ ‌month.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

And‌ ‌so‌‌ true to ‌FarAwayintheSunshine‌ ‌fashion,‌ ‌I’d‌ ‌like‌ ‌to‌ ‌reflect‌ ‌on‌ ‌what‌ ‌brings‌ ‌me‌ ‌happiness.‌ ‌This‌ ‌year‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌one‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌books,‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌find‌ ‌myself‌ ‌writing‌ ‌this‌ ‌while‌ ‌in‌ ‌self-isolation‌ ‌as‌ ‌I‌ ‌await‌ ‌the‌ ‌results‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌test.‌ ‌(Side note: The COVID-19 test result was negative.)

Instead‌ ‌of‌ ‌spiralling‌ ‌and‌ ‌compulsively‌ ‌taking‌ ‌my‌ ‌temperature,‌ ‌I‌ ‌choose‌ ‌instead‌ ‌to‌ ‌remember‌ ‌what‌ ‌makes‌ ‌these‌ ‌rough‌ ‌patches‌ ‌worth‌ ‌going‌ ‌through;‌ ‌I‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌remind‌ ‌myself‌ ‌that‌ ‌if‌ ‌I‌ ‌tie‌ ‌my‌ ‌happiness‌ ‌to‌ ‌events‌ ‌that‌ ‌occur‌ ‌sporadically‌ ‌or‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌fleeting,‌ ‌then‌ ‌it‌ ‌in turn will‌ ‌be‌ ‌sporadic, ‌fleeting.‌ ‌Finding‌ ‌joy‌ ‌in‌ ‌things‌ ‌that‌ ‌are‌ ‌common‌ ‌occurrences‌ ‌are‌ ‌just‌ ‌better‌ ‌for‌ ‌business‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌day.‌ ‌The‌ ‌term‌ ‌“business”‌ ‌here,‌ ‌meaning‌ ‌“my‌ ‌overall‌ ‌mental‌ ‌health.”‌ ‌ ‌

Things‌ ‌that‌ ‌have‌‌ ‌gotten‌ ‌me‌ ‌through‌ ‌this‌ ‌year are taking‌ ‌stock‌ and‌ ‌cherishing‌ ‌the‌ ‌people‌ ‌in‌ ‌my‌ ‌life.‌ ‌With‌ ‌the‌ ‌changes‌ ‌in‌ ‌everyone’s‌ ‌social‌ ‌circles‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌wake‌ ‌of‌ ‌COVID-19,‌ ‌you‌ ‌‌ ‌have‌ ‌to‌ ‌see‌ ‌who‌ ‌is‌ ‌feeding‌ ‌your‌ ‌soul‌ ‌and‌ ‌leaving‌ ‌you‌ ‌feeling‌ ‌refreshed‌ ‌and‌ ‌rejuvenated.‌ ‌

So‌ ‌with‌ ‌that‌ ‌in‌ ‌mind,‌ ‌my‌ ‌first‌ ‌expression‌ ‌of‌ ‌gratitude‌ ‌is‌ ‌towards‌ ‌you,‌ ‌Ma!‌ ‌You‌ ‌refresh,‌ ‌my‌ ‌soul!
Thank‌ ‌you‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌patient‌ ‌with‌ ‌me‌ ‌even‌ ‌though‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌supposed‌ ‌to‌ write ‌this‌ ‌post‌ ‌a while back.‌ ‌Thank‌ ‌you‌ ‌for‌ ‌passing‌ ‌along‌ ‌your‌ ‌sense‌ ‌of‌ ‌wonder‌ ‌and‌ ‌magic;‌ ‌ ‌‌as a result I‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌become‌ ‌jaded‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌ripe‌ ‌age‌ ‌of‌ ‌25.‌ ‌Thank‌ ‌you‌ ‌for‌ ‌being‌ ‌the‌ ‌one‌ ‌I‌ ‌go‌ ‌to‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ ‌can’t‌ ‌seem‌ ‌to‌ ‌catch‌ ‌a‌ ‌break.‌ ‌Thank‌ ‌you‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌unconditional‌ ‌love!‌ ‌I‌ ‌feel‌ ‌it‌ ‌every‌ ‌day.‌

‌I‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌feel‌ ‌the‌ ‌Love ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌for‌ ‌you.‌ ‌I do, baby I do.

I am so grateful for you

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