That said, here's a mish-mash of life lately. Enjoy!
I always thought of myself as a city girl who also finds herself happy in the simplicity of country life. Now I see that I am just a happy person. Here I am, living in a country I hoped and dreamed of seeing one day, with my best friend, the greatest two kiddos in all the world, and I feel so blessed. We don't have a fancy car, or any car actually. Most of our furniture is borrowed embassy stuff. Having little material things is suiting me. I try and steer clear of people who are negative here, because frankly negativity can be contagious. I don't want to catch that bug.
I'm learning so much about myself. A lot of people have told me I'm strong, but I think rather than strength, I have self-awareness. I see now how special that is. I like knowing my limitations, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I almost feel like a newborn baby, growing overnight while I sleep. Life seems so matter-of-fact, and not at all overwhelming like it once was. In Egypt, there is a saying that if you have a place to sleep and food in your belly, that is happiness. Not a king size bed, not a champagne brunch (those are my two happy places...), just a place to sleep and something to eat. Life is simple. You just live it. The pressure of the American dream is out of reach for me here. I don't feel the pressure of "Oh, you are just a Mom? I'd be so bored. I want to DO something with my life." I don't feel that here. I feel like I am walking the path I was meant to take.
Today, when you are longing for a new car, or drinking that third Starbucks (oh baby... Starbucks!), take a moment to be grateful for what you have. I think it's okay to have stuff. It's okay to be proud of working hard and take advantage of playing hard. Just be grateful. You'll be so much happier if you appreciate what you have instead of wishing for what you don't have. I'm working at not feeling guilty here. Walking past starving animals, and people who live for months on what you spent at the grocery store this week, sharing my alms with those less fortunate. I'm working on gratefulness and loving my neighbor.
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