Well, folks, this week totally got away from me. I had a technology issue that also blew out my internal circuits. The issue triggered a major freak out on my part. Thanks to a dear friend I was able to contact the service provider and arrange for a technician to come in the afternoon. A couple of other things went wrong while waiting for the afternoon to arrive. Thanks to another good friend, who came over to take a look at things. He actually found a simple solution which restored everything to working order. He even took me to get a coffee and sandwich for a needed treat. I then cancelled the tech and all has been well since. Fingers crossed.
After recovering from that episode, a second nasty thing happened which I will not go into. It did, however, result in loss of sleep. Like Alexander, I had a couple of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Thus, we have here a nothing burger of a blog.
Sometimes it can be difficult finding the positive from challenging situations. In this case it was an easy find. I am so grateful for the blessings of having good friends. They are to be cherished.
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November, though it is almost over, has been National Gratitude Month. That is something that ought to be the theme of every month. That said, I learned some different ways to incorporate gratitude in our daily lives. Having a new approach to a habit or ritual can add some spark and fun that may have waned. It’s been said that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Here are a few different looks.
Look for the “glimmers” throughout your day. Glimmers are those little things that give you joy, fun, happiness, smiles. The glimmers may also be special memories. It can be fun to count your glimmers as well as your blessings. Some might even be all wrapped up together.
If you have difficulty sleeping, try singling out one person you care about. Think of all the things you appreciate about that person. This tends to be relaxing and focuses our attention on the positive. Those who have tried this, said they wake up in a better mood the next morning as well.
Select one food for which you are grateful. Consider all aspects – where it came from, how it is produced, what goodness it provides for your body and health. I would not rule out a fun food as well. For me, my fun item is good coffee.
One final suggestion. Everyone has a special skill, character strengths and something or some things they are really good at. What is your super power? What do you appreciate about your super power? How does it make a difference in your Life?
This week Many will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to those of you. And, Happy Holidays to all during the upcoming holiday season however you celebrate.
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When Covid came along it profoundly changed our lives. Even though some degree of normalcy has returned, it still may never be as it once was. People of all ages have been seriously affected in many different ways. There’s no need to do a deep dive on this. You all know what I’m talking about. Now there’s another crisis brewing in the Middle East which has spilled over into protests in other countries.
I came across the following message from Linda Anderson Krech in the ToDo newsletter, which I felt was a great way to look at the current situation.
“It's a difficult time in many respects, for many people across the globe. A time of crisis and terror, for many. A time when the basics of life are no longer available. And a time of grief and loss.
But for some of us, life still holds together quite well and moves along quite smoothly. There are sporting events to attend and restaurants to enjoy. We may hear news on the way to the supermarket or in the comfort of our living rooms, but we are not directly touched by war and desperation. Should we not enjoy our good fortune, given all the suffering in the world? I think we should enjoy our lives as much as possible, to help balance what is occurring elsewhere. But more importantly, let's do something to be useful or helpful to someone else. If we can't directly help those in the war, then let's help someone nearby. We cannot save the world and can't even help the most needy, but we can do something for someone. We can make a gesture of kindness in the world. That's something we can do.”
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Here I sit. Still comfortable and secure on the fence. Still noodling whether to write or not to write. Taking a 360 view of things opens one up to new and different perspectives. Nothing like noticing new things to make one more mindful and present. You know, like that lovely sincere pumpkin patch which I may otherwise not have noticed. Consequently, I was able to come to a decision about my dilemma. Very simply, I decided I did not need to decide. Nope. I can stop making a big deal out of something that is a little deal in the great scheme of things. The bottom line is if I feel like writing, I will. If I don’t I won’t. And there you have it.
Just one more thing. A line in Robert Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, says, ”Good fences make good neighbors.” Good fences also make good thinking partners. So, if you find yourself in the morass of indecisiveness, grab your drink of choice, find a fence hop on and relish the view.
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