I saw a video of J. K. Rowling this evening talking about failure. Within five short years she went from being “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” (J. K. Rowling, 2008), to a multi millionaire. It made me think about what we really have when we strip back our lives to the bare bones. When we remove all the frivolous frills and decorations. And I began to feel gratitude for what I have. And I really have a lot.

Take five minutes to step out of your world and look in on it from the outside.

What are you grateful for?
I’m grateful for the ability to bear four healthy children. I know the love of my children and my heart bursts with love for them.
I’m grateful for a supportive, loving, respectful husband who is extremely involved in raising our boys. We are a team and I’m so in love with him.
I’m grateful for a roof over our heads that’s warm in winter and cool in summer. It may not be the grandest house but the children love it and we live in a beautiful part of the world. It’s home.
I’m grateful for the education I received. I’m very lucky my parents sent me to a wonderful school which nurtured my love for learning.
I’m grateful for my close bond with my family and extended family. Three brothers who are also my friends, we love hanging out together.
So you see, when you step back from it all, I’m sure there it a lot to be grateful for.