I was really looking forward to today’s prompt. Too often we seem to be fixated on the things that go wrong or what we don’t have, that we forget to be thankful for the many blessings we do enjoy.
Islam: First thing I am grateful for is to have been born a Muslim. Islam in its truest and purest form is a beautiful way of life, in the way that it advocates balance in, and attaches meaning and importance to every aspect of life.
I am grateful to be living in post-Apartheid South Africa. Although there are many things we still need to improve, I am able to make a life and practice my faith without fear of persecution.
Family: I have a family like no other. My family is my Colosseum – my fortress against any kind of distress or danger, my support through any trial, my champions with every triumph…each set of members have unique significance to me:
-My parents have provided me with the foundation and starting bricks for my life. They gave me the tools I needed to navigate my life and this world. I will never be able to repay them, and I am inexpressibly grateful to still have them both.
-My brothers and sisters were my first teachers, first friends, and, together with my parents, are my core protectors. I could not have asked for a better army.
-My 23 nieces and nephews are the rays of sunshine in my life. Some of them are only a few years younger than me, but more than half are young enough for me to have been their parent. Regardless of your ages, you all are my children. I celebrate your triumphs as your parents would, I will protect you as they would. I will hold your hand if you need me to, pick you up when you fall, for as long as you need me to. You all fill a very big part of my heart, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I’ve been surrounded by sickness for most of my life. And in retrospect, I think God purposely made it so, so that I may always be aware of and thankful for my health.
I am grateful for my ability to work, and for the fact that I have a job (one that allows me to be of benefit to others, in addition to being a benefit for me).
I am grateful for my ability to learn, and for the learning opportunities that I have been afforded over the last 33 years.
I am grateful for the trials I have had to face – because I without them, I would not have known my own strength.
I am grateful for the fact that I was not born into poverty, and that the Almighty has blessed me with more than enough (so that I may be able to give).
I am grateful for my small group of true friends, most especially, my best friend. She protects me, she pushes me when I need it, she accepts the parts of me that others don’t, she reminds me of my own magic when I forget.
I am grateful for the unique talents and gifts the Almighty has bestowed upon me, in particular, my ability to write.