Australia has been through a lot in the past 2 months. Bushfires scorched entire states and destroyed hundreds of homes. Quickly followed by flooding rains that dropped more water than some places have seen in 3 years.

My home town in North Queensland has sweltered through a week long heatwave with maximums of 40+ degrees and overnight minimums of 30+. It was during a drive around town today that I was humbled.

You see, growing up we never had the best of the best. My parents worked their asses off to provide for 4 kids and it wasn’t until I had my own kids that I realized just how bloody hard it was!

But I digress. On my drive today, the ambient temperature was another blistering 40 degrees at 10am, I was sitting at a red light when a car pulled up next to me. In the car was a mum with her 2 boys, 1 appeared to be mid-teen and the other not much older than 4. The car windows were down, and it appeared that the A/C wasn’t working as the little boy was teaming with sweat and was rather upset.

Seeing this made me realize that it’s not about having the best car, the biggest house, the newest clothes. This morning I learned to appreciate the things that I have been able to provide for my family. We always have food on the table; although our cars aren’t brand new, the A/C works and for the last week the kids haven’t been sweltering to get places.

Being a parent is hard, but being appreciative of what you are able to provide for your kids isn’t. And although they may not see it now, when they grow up and have kids of their own the will appreciate you for the long hours and late nights!

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