Gratitude: An Appreciation of Life

I recently found out my neighbour has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is now undergoing a course of chemotherapy, followed by a potential hysterectomy. She is a mother to two lovely girls aged 10 and 4 years old. I see the effects on her body, the loss of hair, and the impact on her loved ones and family life. It is Kate Greene’s story from Mum’s List all over again. Gosh!

It’s so close to home that it has made me step back and think of life. Anything can happen in a moment—ANYTHING. We are never really prepared for this fact. But I don’t know if that matters.What does matter is that you appreciate what you do have. For me, this really is about being in the moment and appreciating it fully, not worrying about the past or future, and this way life becomes precious. Being in the now is what brings real contentment.

In this sad context, I look at my life and think of all that I do not have or perceive to be lacking, and I realise they are really not that important. What I do have is health, freedom to live my life how I choose, a loving family and a warm home with good meals. This is priceless abundance.

Being a Mum’s List Legacy workshop facilitator, I thought I should know how to support my neighbour in this situation. But, actually, I don’t have any answers. What I can do is be there, be me and hold a space filled with love and support. I am grateful to Kate, Singe and Derek O’Neill—the creator of the MLL program—for giving me the opportunity to appreciate life. And from my own experiences of cancer, I have the wisdom to be still in the now. This is my service to others.

The Mum’s List Legacy workshops are about acceptance, hope and wellness. They are a gift for humanity that so desperately needs it. Please share this gift with others.

Take a moment now to reflect on your own life. What are you grateful for? I am sure you will find at least one, if not more things, to be thankful for…

Written by Sheetal Gill, MLL Teacher & HR Business Partner


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