I live a blessed life. I do. I don’t know how or why, but God decided that I had earned it. I am humble at all that I receive, I am humble because I have things that others don’t. It keeps me honest.
I have my family. I have my health. I have food in my pantry and love in my heart. I have a job that I love and a roof over my head.
I wake up everyday next to the love of my life. I have children that are beautiful and smart and driven and I wouldn’t trade them for a moment. I might sell them for rocks, depending on the day and how nice those rocks are.
I have family that loves me no matter how much we fight. I get it…we are a dramatic mess, but my mom, my sister…we are the Tullos Women, there’s only the three of us left. We are small, yet proud tribe and I am grateful everyday that they are here. I know that at the end of the day, I will be there for them, no matter how much I bitch about it, I will be there. It’s what we do, us Tullos Women.
I have the best friends anyone could ask for. All of them, I may have friends I don’t talk to often, or only keep up with them on Facebook, but they are my friends. I have chosen to share my life with them on Facebook, in person, over text, wherever…they are awesome, fabulous people, here, there, everywhere…I love my friends.
I have my health. Last year, I wasn’t sure about that…and it’s terrifying and eye-opening. I can’t take it for granted ever and I want to be here, to see my kids graduate, to see them attend college, to walk them both down the aisle, to see my grandchildren. I want to grow old with my love in life. I get it now, that this human body is fragile an it’s my responsibility to take care of it, to be here. And over the year, we have made changes to our habits and we feel better, we laugh more….we appreciate what we have been given.
Somewhere along the line, I was granted a second chance at life…it happened years ago and I only recently realized that it’s a gift. This love that has walked into my life. The way my children have blossomed. The way my life has twisted and turned and led me here. It wasn’t my doing, it was the path that was laid out before me. I am lucky that I found my way.
Folks, life is short, life shouldn’t be taken for granted. We don’t “deserve” anything, we have to earn it to appreciate it. The most graceful of people get that. The most honest of people work for it. I have so many of these people in my life, it takes my breath away.
We had our AC go out yesterday. In August. In Texas. Yes, it’s hot….terrifically hot. 7th level of hell hot. And we had no less than 5 people offer us their homes, their guest rooms, whatever we needed. We ended up at a pet friendly hotel last night with the AC at 64* for the entire night. And then blessedly today, new AC unit and coolness. And we have had so many check on us, I just feel loved. Purely loved. Me and mine.
Tonight, just for a moment, pause and think about all the blessings you have in your life. From the FB friend across the states, to the person who shows up on your doorstep to check on you. Think of the job that provides for you. Think of the family that would do anything for you.
Look at your life, you get to wake up everyday. You get to love and laugh.
If you are reading this. Know that you are a blessing in MY life. I am grateful for each of you. My world is inexplicably better because you are in it.
Float on faith. Love one another. And laugh. Laugh until your face hurts. Share your joy….share your story.