How Lucky Am I?

Letters To Lola

How lucky am I? Well today I simply want to share with you how lucky I feel right now. In the past 12 months I have had a rollercoaster ride but when I look at my life now I am incredibly happy.

Lola and I do not have a lot of material possessions but we have each other and we have the experiences that we share every day. In addition, having spent many years wandering around the world I find myself back where I grew up. The thing is I no longer desire to look for something better; I can appreciate the countryside that surrounds me and in fact remind myself every time I am out driving just how fortunate I am.

What I have discovered is that I can in fact live a life that I love with very little. Wealth to me is to have family around and to be able to travel and educate my daughter.

I have discovered that if you put your mind to it, mountains can be conquered, goals exceeded; you do have to put your mind to it though.

Our trip last year was one which brought many insights and many challenges but it has only served to drive me to achieve more. Hard work and an enthusiasm for life enabled us to undertake our challenge despite it seeming like an unattainable goal in February last year.

Not a day passes where Lola doesn’t mention the trip, this only serves to inspire me to open her eyes further still. The world and the education it offers is worth so much more than a text book.

To sit on a beach and be asked

“why is sand so small”

“where does it come from”


“but what makes the tide go backwards and forwards”

is to be given the opportunity to share with your child and if you don’t know the answers, learn them together.

Lola on the day we she discovered where sand comes from
Lola on the day we she discovered where sand comes from

This particular example is one from our time away and it moved to talking about the tides, the moon, the sun, navigation, just to name a few. How can this be compared to a text book?

Lola notices the moon every time it’s visible at night, she knows that you can find you way if you get lost by looking at the sun and the shadows.

She is four.

So, how lucky am I?

I get the pleasure of seeing a wonderful child develop and flourish.

I get to see the beautiful English countryside that I never appreciated before I lived overseas.

I get to plan for our future, to set goals and share them with Lola.

I get to live a life I love, comfortable with the fact that it isn’t perfect but is pretty close.

I get to be me.

How lucky am I? Very lucky.

22 thoughts on “How Lucky Am I?”

  1. Such beautiful energy shared in this post Emma. I can feel your appreciation and acceptance for what is and the peace that it doesn’t have to be better than what is for you to be in joy. When we can slow down and appreciate the little things in our lives, everything just seems magnificent. What I know Lola is a gift to you… what a gift you are to her for having this awareness and presence to be with her in this way.

  2. Your little girl is so lucky to have such a compassionate and open-hearted mother, and YOU are lucky to have this 4-year-old who is so free to contemplate the world with wonder. This post was lovely to read because it brought us into your energy and your world of love. I feel calm from your spirit.

  3. Wow! What a beautiful post! I teared up as I read it and remembered when my daughter was only four and all that I learned through being her mom – all I continue to learn through being her mom. It is such a blessing.

  4. What a beautiful, heartwarming post to read from you Emma. It resonates very much with what is going on in my life, currently on a quest to simplify, simplify, and living life close to “home,” where the heart is. Yes, our little ones, they come in with so much wisdom! Thank you for sharing your joy! Very uplifting!

  5. Sounds to me as if you’re comfortable in your own skin and content: can’t ask for more than that! Some people are never happy with what they have, even if it’s what they want.

    They too need to learn to be happy with themselves: Well done you & blessings to little Lola! So glad she enjoyed the trip, I enjoyed receiving the postcard from you both 😀

  6. I’m jealous – I miss the times when my son’s wonderment made me smile every day. He still makes me smile, even at 23 yrs old, but I have to work to find my own wonderment now.

  7. Hello Emma,
    Nothing feels more precious than having a life you’d dreamed of loving. More than anything else, I am glad to read about how you found the true meaning of your being. Thank you for sharing this with us. We are on our way too. More power.

  8. Your daughter Lola is absolutely adorable! I’m so happy to hear your trip was great and that you are both well and happy. Happiness spreads so thanks for sharing yours 🙂

  9. So Incredibly Beautiful I love this it is the simple things in life that are the best. What a blessing you are to each other. Such beautiful girls!!

  10. This is so beautiful, I have a daughter and I love how she is my constant reminder if what life is truly about. Getting to be yourself is the best gift of all. What a wonderful post. Thank you!

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