Blessings? Why now?

Blessings may seem scarce right now. Many people are anxious or depressed. Yet this is just the time to be positive. I have written about this before, but now is a good time to think about it again. This is when we need to balance our thoughts and not let the negative ones overwhelm us. I mean ‘count’ literally.

A set of accounts in progress: the way to count your blessings!

A set of accounts in progress: the way to count your blessings!

Here’s an example of counting blessings.

I recall that Robinson Crusoe took the trouble to write two lists: one of his difficulties, another of his blessings. He surprised himself when he compared them. That was when he had been shipwrecked on a desert island. OK he was a fictitious character, but I think Daniel Defoe was drawing on his own experience, and those of others, like any good novelist.

What are my blessings?

I am very fortunate, in spite of my confinement.

  • I can still go out walking my dog and I don’t expect that to change.
  • My cold is obviously not Coronavirus, as I have a normal temperature, a lot of catarrh, and no breathlessness.
  • We have enough income for our present needs.
  • My home is comfortable enough and we have a garden.
  • I am in touch online with members of my church and of my writers’ group. Both groups have been quite imaginative. I even got a sermon and prayers on u-tube from my team rector.
  • How glad am I that this didn’t happen when I was young: before the internet!
  • We have offers of help with shopping and I have found a newsagent who will deliver.
  • I enjoy reading and writing. And blogging.
  • Above all, as a Christian, I have my faith.
  • I expect I could think of more if I tried.

How many blessings have you got?

Me with one of my books. I am working on several others.

Me with one of my books. I am working on several others.