Last week I had to travel to Tenerife in very unfortunate family circumstances. My dear mum had slipped breaking her hip and leg and needed an emergency operation. I dropped everything and flew out to be with her. The experience was unpleasant for the whole family to witness but between us we decided it was manageable.
This got me thinking. Things were bad but what ever situation you find yourself in, it could always be worse. Slowly rather than dwelling on negatives we found ourselves being very grateful for everything we do have. My mum has my dad, they've been married almost 50 years and they still adore each other.
It's a good job because post op, mum will be immobile for eight weeks and very reliant on my dad. My folks have even planned changes they want to make in their life and how this would be an opportunity to clear out at home and to improve their Spanish whilst my mum recovers. There's even talk of them becoming fully computer literate and indulging in some social media!
I'm embracing change too – new house, new job, new outlook. I've also decided to treat myself daily when I deserve it, no matter how small the treat is. Whilst visiting the hospital I indulged in a local Bariquito (Canarian speciality coffee with liquor 43) and that was my daily treat. It has to be the prettiest beverage around, just like a model strutting down a catwalk showing off its fashionable layers. Simply delicious.
When the chips are down let's make a pact to always treat ourselves to something that makes us smile everyday, even if it only offers us temporary sunshine. For those few moments it's worth it. Sometimes it's the small things in life that mean the most.
My mum is now back in the UK and her recovery is underway and she's very keen to progress so I have to remind her to literally take 'one step at a time'! Poor mum.