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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Blessing of the Mundane


Its been a quiet week for me  with my counselling practice.  Adam has had many evenings of work engagements or working late, and finished off the week with a trip to Winnipeg, so that's meant less available work time for me.  Most clients want to see me after 5pm, after work, but the girls' after school daycare closes at 6pm, so if Adam isn't available to pick them up, its usually a no go for me.   I also had a daycare board meeting Wednesday night so my evenings were pretty much not open for appointments this week at all.

Fortunately, my mother-in-law stepped in to pick up the girls today so I was able to book a few sessions, and tomorrow I've got a bunch more clients lined up.  Saturday afternoon, the logistics of the girls' activities (gymnastics, swimming, playdate and birthday party) are so complicated, we actually have to borrow one of my in-law's cars so I can shuttle Big A in one direction while Adam shuttles Little A in the other.

The silver lining has been I had time this week to try to get my taxes organized...not an easy thing when you are self-employed and receive income from a whole lot of different sources.  Depressing how little I make too...and I have finally started my dreaded application for the new Ontario College of  Registered Psychotherapists.

Sunday I teach spin, the girls have Hebrew School, and Little A has swim, and then Adam has his book club meeting.  It doesn't look like I'll even be able to fit in too many errands this weekend.  But that's okay, yesterday I packed in as many as possible before the snow started.  While I've been here dealing with a big dump of snow, Adam has been in Winnipeg which has been having a boil water alert and power outages.  Oh good times!

So essentially, nothing but ordinary life stuff happening around here, which makes me feel blessed.  Oh yes, blessed. When counselling I hear about the most unbelievable trauma, tragedy and loss many of my clients have experienced.  Whether its infertility, or abuse, or illness, or an accident, so many people in this world face adversity on a daily basis. 

We may not be rich, I may not be famous, but none of that is really what matters.  Its all about love, friendship, and good health.  Having nothing much to worry about except juggling work commitments, getting the kids to swimming on time or shoveling snow is a privilege.  Its easy to get caught up in this stuff, so its important to step back once in a while and look at the big picture. Life is good.

I guess I should mention that its Superbowl Sunday since most of you - unlike myself - might care.  Have a wonderful, healthy, love-filled weekend.  Make my savoury roasted chickpeas to eat while you watch the game ;)