52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 17

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

I was fortunate to spend the last 8 days in Sicily in the company of good friends, incredible beauty and, of course, delicious food.  A lot to be thankful for.

palermo

But what I want to write about today and celebrate with thankfulness is the airplane ride home where I witnessed such incredible civility by a group of people who did not even know each other.

The airplane ride home was torturous.  We were on an air bus filled to capacity with travelers.  We sat on the plane for four hours while the same mechanical difficulties were fixed twice.  When we finally got in the air we had a 9 hour flight to Philadelphia. Upon landing in Philadelphia we sat on the tarmac an additional half hour due to further difficulties hooking up the jetway to the plane.  A recipe for disaster, right?  I was expecting complete anarchy and what I witnessed was a plane load of people illustrating the definition of civility:  polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior.

 In this political season, when it seems all civility had disappeared from the landscape of our lives, I was gifted with the knowledge that people are still innately polite and reasonable. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean. If a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” Mahatma Gandi  “

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. “Civility is not a sign of weakness.” John F. Kennedy.

 Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

PLEASE ADD YOUR POST AND TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

12 Responses

  1. Bernadette, I’m so happy you had a lovely special time in Scilly. I love the photograph and the effect you’ve achieved, very mediterranean. I too never fail to be astounded at the civility and generosity and warmth of spirit of fellow-mankind during trying frustrating incidents. Flying back from Florida our departure was delayed two hours owing to bad weather but good mood prevailed, then coming into land another hour just circling over London – this time I think we all felt for the babies and young children – over-tired as well as earache no doubt. No snappy comments, snide remarks. Just a sleepy smile and resigned shrug of shoulders. Beautiful quote from Ghandi. ‘Humanity is an ocean.’ I’ll remember that.

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  2. What a great account of patience and cooperation among the airline passengers. Looks like you had a fantastic trip to Sicily! I am always endeavoring to get students to be nicer to each other when I’m at school. I tell them there is more than enough negativity in the world today.

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