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  • Maria


Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Hello again people.

In order to raise our vibration so that we are above the noise and clutter of everyday life, let's reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives.

Get this…I have so so so much that I am grateful for…read on...

What are you grateful for?

We spend a lot of our time in the South of Italy in a town called Lecce, in Puglia. Life there is much slower and warmer than in Ireland. In the winter, it gets colder but not super cold, I think the lowest I've experienced is about 7 degrees. Every second day the sun shines brightly in the sky, even in winter.

For being able to spend my time between two beautiful countries, I am grateful.

My two teenage boys are growing up well. Granted we have a few rows on occasion, but fundamentally I am truly proud of the young men they are becoming.

They are teenagers in every way, energetic, demanding and loud but they are also considerate and kind. They can identify injustice happening in our world and they want to understand why it is happening and how to stop it. We talk about things over dinner that makes me aware of their thought patterns and how they reason things out. I am proud to say they are growing up with empathy and curiosity. They are typical teenagers but when they get serious you get an insight into their thinking and how they are planning for their future. It always entails doing something for the planet or for endangered animals. I hope their visions for the future last and they make a difference in our world. They have so much to give.

They are good boys.

I am grateful for them.

Valerio, my husband is also a great source of gratitude for me. We first met in the spring of 1999. We have had our ups and downs over the last twenty+ years, but my life has been so very much enriched by having him by my side. He is intelligent, but also wise beyond his years. He THINKS a lot. Not just about his work but about everything. He thinks about his kids and how to best support them through their childhood. He thinks about his mother and sister and what is best for them as well. He has a great sense of responsibility, maybe too much sometimes. I worry about his health with everything that he takes on. But he is my rock, my inspiration and my reference point.

I am grateful for my husband.

I am blessed with a close extended family. Even though we may not see each other very often, I have managed to stay very close to my two sisters. I am in the middle, I have a younger sister and an older sister. We keep in touch via Viber and Whatsapp and I know what is going on in their lives for the most part. I have always been close to my older sister. We went to college together and we helped each other when our kids were young. She was a great help to me because her kids were a few years older than mine, so she had been through it all by the time I had my guys. She was a pillar of strength. She was always on the end of the phone and always organising trips away and visits to each other. It is only in recent years that I have become close to my younger sister. She has recently had three kiddies in close succession, so I think she feels the need for family too now. Man, do I adore her kids, just like I adore my older sister's kids too. Nieces and nephews are gifts. There is nothing like family.

I am so very grateful for my wonderful sister and their kids.

My parents are also young parents and still very active. They retired recently and they are really enjoying it! They worked all their lives, both of them. Now, they deserve to have a long and happy retirement together. They got married at in 1970. In 2020, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, fifty years married. I’m not even half way there yet! They are blessed with good health and vitality and long may it last. Their grandchildren keep them young as well. They have ten grandchildren so they have to stay on their toes.

I am grateful that my parents are still alive and healthy.

I am also grateful for the simple things in life. The sun shining through my window on a December morning. A hug from my boys. Our wonderful cat, Suss, who is always looking for cuddles. My friends both here and Italy. My coaching practice!

What are you grateful for?



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