“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”– Buddha
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I am super grateful for all of you who visit and post each week. You bring me joy, I learn about the world far and near, and feel close to you and what you are doing in your lives.
- BEACHWALK REFLECTIONS – SENSE OF TOUCH
- EKLASTIC – THE CARESS OF WATER
- KEEP IT ALIVE – THE SENSE WE ARE BORN WITH
- LADY LEE – ““The place where silence had a voice
Where one hears the quiet by choice”
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- EKLASTIC – BIRD TRIPS THAT WILL LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS.
- KEEP IT ALIVE – A SPECTACULAR JOURNEY AROUND THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA
- LADY LEE – THE JOURNEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE DESTINATION
- LOVING LIFE – MAKING MEMORIES WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY ALL OVER THE PLACE
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – LEATHER LEISURE
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – THE SEA – THE AMAZING CURE FOR EVERYTHING!
- TRAVEL WITH ME – SARAH’S AMAZING JOURNEY TO NEPAL THIS OCTOBER WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS
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- KEEP IT ALIVE – THANKS TO THE LOVELY GARDENERS OF OUR SOULS AND MAKE US HAPPY AND CAUSE US TO BLOSSOM.
- LADY LEE – THANKFUL FOR “TENDERNESS WITHOUT FRILLS” AND MUCH MORE.
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – GRATEFUL FOR VIVID MEMORIES OF HOME AND FAMILY
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – NEW JOB – NEW SECURITY YAY!
- TRAVELS AND TRIFLES – WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE VISITORS WHO HAVEN’T BEEN TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY?
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”– Albert Schweitzer
Good morning friends. One day before Thanksgiving, I am challenged to slow down and think about the many things I have to be grateful to have in my life. On Tuesday, I read a wonderful poem on Cindy’s blog, Unique Times with Cindy Here are few of the lines that spoke to me.
“As a child of my culture, I am seldom truly at peace with what I have. … May I know contentment that allows the totality of my energies to come to full flower.”–Edward Hays
As I meet new people around me, I see how much they accomplished in their lifetimes, and I compare them to mine more often than I should.
We attended a dinner party Saturday and everyone told a lie and two truths about themselves. It was fun. I met someone who had met JFK in the Oval Office in 1963, and another who had played poker with Walter Mondale. Two guests came in second in car races – one male, one female. One woman is an artist and makes lamps out of alcohol bottles and sells them in her sister’s bar. Pretty clever, I thought. One couple gave their house to their kids with the caveat that they did not have to get rid of the life time accumulation of “stuff!”
My two truths: #1 I swam in Peace River with my friends and a rattlesnake at age 13. #2 At age 18 burned my mother’s house after sewing and ironing my good friend’s truseau and leaving the iron plugged in when we left for her wedding. No one was hurt and the house still stands.
My lie: My mother tied me to the porch when I was a toddler so I wouldn’t go visit the neighbors who included my grandparents and great aunt and uncle. No one guessed it. My mother was the one tied to the porch. Neither of us ever lived close enough to walk to grandparents’ houses as toddlers.
Edward Hays, through Cincy, reminds me that I should be content that what I have done in my life has led to some beautiful flowers just as bright and fragrant as others, if a little charred.
My Gratitude List
- Parties – I am grateful that one of my gifts is friendliness and I am invited to go to parties and dinners with new friends in Prescott and beyond. Since my family is so tiny, and not close by, Vince and I would be so lonely without friends.
- Family – Family members can get on your nerves during a move – at least in our family. Yet, in spite of that, I know what my life was like for a brief time without any family to be with or depend on. When my first husband died, I remember being so exhausted, that for the first month, I could hardly drag myself out of bed. I had to deal with EVERYTHING myself, and I remember being ANGRY all the time. Maybe not outwardly, but I was mad because there wasn’t anyone else to blame or turn to when things went wrong! When the washer acted up, I had to deal with it myself and I couldn’t procrastinate or let it slide. If the dogs made a mess in the house while I was working – MY PROBLEM. When I ran into the roof of my garage parking my motor home for the first time by myself, I had to take ownership of it and that was super expensive! I was unsettled because there was no one in the house to say, “I’m home!” We may get upset at our family when things don’t go our way, but that’s much better than not having a family.
- Life itself – Last year at this time I was only one-quarter of the way through the treatments that saved my life when I had deep vein thrombosis. The pulmonary embolisms had already dissolved due to life-saving blood-thinning drugs. My vein doctor also treated pneumonia in my lungs with some powerful anti-biotic drugs. I was able to walk again without a walker. Today, I am thankful to be back to normal, walking, breathing, and living.
- Doctors – I am thankful to Dr. Agha and his staff both in Scottsdale and Prescott for their tireless work and to Dr. Curley in Scottsdale, a hematologist oncologist who made sure that I was on the correct medication.
- Too Much Stuff – I remember a time in my life when my first husband and I had so little. We bought, or were given, used furniture, shared a home with a couple in Colorado Springs to save money, and had very little. My life now is just the opposite. We are trying to pare down since I have four homes worth of furniture to fit into a 1,200-square-foot condo. Maybe someone will be able to benefit from our surplus.
The Condo We Are Selling
Our realtors created a beautiful video of our home. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have lived here for two years. We made some lifelong friends, enjoyed the convenience of being close to shopping, and enjoyed a beautiful view with no yard work.
Our new home will be just three miles away – a new adventure and more projects for Vince, who claims not to love projects, but always has one. After making two trips to Goodwill Monday and one Tuesday, we can now park both cars in the new garage. YAY!
“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”– Brene Brown
Play Along with WQW
I hope you have a privileged week whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving. If you want to play along with Writer’s Quotes Wednesday, write a post about the topic of gratitude, or find pictures that make you thankful, find a quote that you like, and link the post to my post.
Upcoming on Always Write
WQW Schedule until the end of the year.
- November 30: Abandoned or Artistic Buildings/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
- December 7: Water: Snow/Winter Wonderland – A challenge to design a new logo for WQ – I’m simplifying the name of the challenge to Wednesday Quotes for 2023.
- December 14: Food: Delicious Delights
- December 21: Holiday: Christmas or Winter Solstice
- December 28: Reflections on 2022/Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review Voting for the top design for 2023.
PPAC is now hosted by Natalie the Explorer. You can link your post directly to her Weekend Coffee Share blog post.