52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 18

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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.

Last week was my departed mother-in-law’s birthday.  I have been thinking about her for the last several days and have been surprised to find that I have been thinking about her with real affection.  I started to notice lately when I would tell stories about Linda that I have been telling those tales with a greater and greater appreciation for this woman  whose strength was only vanquished by death.  Things were not always easy between the two of us.  Linda was a very strong woman and it was very evident to all who knew her.  But in my own quiet way, I am a very strong woman and, well, the two of us didn’t always see eye to eye.  But it seems in the years since her death, that both of us have been released from the tension of two strong wills clashing and it nows occurs to me that we can at last be friends.  I am very thankful to be her friend at last.  “How life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other.”  Judy Collins

My mother-in-law, Linda:

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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. “Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.” Diane Arbus

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.

 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.

16 Responses

  1. I am thankful that you shared this lovely post about your mother in law. I think many times time has a way of healing wounds and allowing us to see things from a different perspective. In your case maybe your thoughts about your mother in law have softened with time and that is a wonderful thing to be thankful for.

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  2. Your post made me think of my (also deceased) mother-in-law.. and the fact also that she was a strong opinionated lady, but over the years how we developed a real love and respect for each other… She certainly did raise a wonderful son… after all! Diane xx

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