As I write this post, I feel relaxed and at peace.
A 45-minute early morning walk, joined only by a self-shadow, opened up space to reflect on what has been GIFTED in this season of my life.
This is the first in a series of planned monthly posts for 2017, where I express GRATITUDE for the GOOD in my life, which I failed to acknowledge and appreciate for far too many years.
Gratitude Journal – March 2017
Thus far this month, I have been abundantly gifted with the GOOD and I am, especially GRATEFUL for:
FaceTime with my 8-year-old granddaughter. This is our special time to talk, laugh, listen share and bond. Despite being physically separated by more than 2,000 miles for the past seven years, FaceTimekeeps us connected face-to-face for the entire year.
Dining Room Table which was an unused piece of furniture in our home for more than seven years. When the youngest daughter relocated to Florida last summer she: (1) purchased the house next door; (2) moved from an on-site business office to an off-site home office; and (3) decided our dining room was the perfect workplace because there were too many distractions in her home. So glad she made this decision for my days are happier and brighter when I walk by the Dining Room Table and know THIS IS WHERE SHE SITS.
Healing Garden and it has been my nurturing place for more than five years. It is now the learning, sharing, healing, working and bonding place that I, happily, share with the eldest granddaughter.
Thank you Silver Threading for hosting this event. This week, I selected a quote by author, Sarah Ban Breathnach.
A close friend gifted me Breathnach’s book, “Simple Abundance” in the 1990s. This was during a period in my life when I was in the throes of dealing with a newly diagnosed condition of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Depressed and devastated about having to leave a career that I had devoted tireless hours to building; I wasn’t open to embracing her theory. Back then, I saw Breathnach and her book only as a popular read within my circle of friends.
Years later, I finally got it; and, since then, I read and re-read the essays in her book to remind myself how important it is to live simply and authentically. Today, It is my go-to inspirational uplift.
uplifting ME spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Because of the holidays, family member illness, and the death of Hubby’s last remaining aunt, I had to step away from blogging for the past several months. Life is getting back to normal and I am happy to reconnect with my blogging friends.
This month, January 13, I will celebrate my second anniversary as a blogger. This blogging experience has opened the door to new experiences, new places and new people both in this country and other parts of the world.
Virtually, via blogging friends, I:
traveled to other countries as well as different places throughout the United States;
received helpful information on nutrition, meditation, exercise, alternative health care; and
entered a new world of books, poetry, religion and music.
Thank you, blogging friends, for uplifting ME spiritually, emotionally and physically these past two years.
Hubby, family, friends, and bloggers have all served to improve the quality of my life. I am grateful. But, recent acquired self-acknowledgement and self-awareness skills, guided me to the recognition that this responsibility is solely mine.
To improve ME in 2015, I will:
Nurture my Healing Container Garden as it brings peace, bliss, and tranquility into my space.
Write daily notes to place in My Gratitude Jar, to express gratitude for the good things in life.
Seek out those things which serve to keep ME grounded and directed in a positive way.
Hone my photography skills because it is always good to learn something new and interesting.
Incorporate healthy recipes into my menus and “go to” the healthy eating cookbooks purchased over the past five years and are never used.
Research and explore different options to address my health issues.
Continue to value and appreciate the love of my life, Hubby, as we approach our 55th Anniversary on April 11, 2015.
Remember there are always new things for ME to explore.
The newest side-effect of a medication prescribed in June to treat my Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Acne waiting until I reached the age of 72 to enter my life.
The topical treatment recommended, by the dermatologist, to correct this problem.
After leaving the dermatologist, I went to the local lawn and garden center to buy new plants.
What I Plan To Do Today:
Pot and add these beautiful plants to My Healing Container Garden.
“Be thankful for the morning light and the moonlight, for it reminds us that the beginning of everyday we are given the gift to shine bright but it is up to you to reflect from that gift and continue to shine through the darkness. Be the Sun and the Moon of your life. Please use it wisely.” (Unknown Quote)