Grateful for family
Grateful for family

Grateful for the blessings I have

OPINIONS, advice and editorials can be such a personal piece of writing. They are designed to evoke an emotion from the reader, but for me, it can really be putting my personal life and feelings out there for all to dissect or even criticise.

But for some reason this week I just struggled. But then something happened on Tuesday that made me freeze for a brief second.

There are times in everyone's life that make you stop and assess what you have. When you realise all blessings that you have in your life and that sometimes it doesn't pay to sweat the little things.

Two trucks and a car were involved in an accident at the bottom of Braeside. This isn't about the accident, what caused it, who is at fault or what the conditions were. This is about the split second that could have changed my life.

My husband is a truck driver and drives the New England Highway on a regular basis. I often listen to his stories of near misses and things that happen that make your hair stand on end. But on this occasion, he was literally a minute from that accident. Had his load been ready a minute earlier, had he not had a coffee break, had he just been that minute earlier, it could easily have been him in that accident.

His profession is not an easy one. Truck drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. With deadlines, rules, regulations and 'politics', I don't envy what he has to contend with. Just like every industry, there are the cowboys who flaunt the rules and give truck drivers a bad name, but, most in the industry are just trying to get their job done and avoid becoming another statistic. So, as he, and another half a million people like him this morning, get behind the wheels of their trucks, I do stop for a second and realise how thankful I am for having him in my life. I am thankful for the pride he takes in doing his job and doing it well, I am thankful that he wasn't a minute early on Tuesday and I am thankful that every now and then I get the chance to assess my life and all the blessings I really do have.

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