WORLD GRATITUDE DAY 2016

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WORLD GRATITUDE DAY

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

 

Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st September. The celebration of Gratitude Day allows both individual citizens and organisations within wider society to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude in a variety of ways.

The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii when an international gathering decided that it would be a good idea to have one day per year to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found in the world. Following the meeting in Hawaii, many attendees marked Gratitude Day on 21st September 1966 when back in their own countries. Ever since then, the number of people celebrating Gratitude Day across the world has grown and grown.

A Day For Gratitude

The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contented people.

CELEBRATE YOUR GRATITUDE THIS DAY AND ALWAYS,

bernadette

Thanks goes to:https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-gratitude-day/# for this article.

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO THE CREATOR

STRAWBERRY

The summer solstice, the official start of summer is the longest day of the year, and this year it was accompanied by a fairly rare event: it coincides with a so-called “strawberry moon,” the folkloric name given to June’s full moon.

According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the strawberry moon was given that name by the Algonquin tribes because it occurs right at the height of the season when strawberries are harvested. Other names for this month’s full moon are the “hot moon” and the “rose moon.”

Isn’t it funny and wonderful that despite all the ways we have to entertain ourselves we can still be in awe of the moon?  

Wishing you a week filled with wonder

bernadette

I am also linking this post to Ruth Ayer’s wonderful web page – Ruth Ayers Writes. If you get a chance go visit. You will leave feeling happy.

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.  THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

 

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO THE CREATOR

life is a gift

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

(Thank you Linda at Teacher Dance for sharing this Tolkien quote.)

I have spent most of this week writing about the madness that happened in Orlando.  I started the week with a feeling of sadness and frustration that these killing keep happening in our country.  When the President drew it to the country’s attention that this was the 15th time in 8 years that he has spoken after this type of killing, I started to feel a sense of anxiety about the world I was leaving to my grandchildren.  Then my blogging community responded with so many heartfelt words that I have ended the week with a renewed sense of belief in the goodness of my fellow travelers on this planet.

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BUT A LITTLE COMMON SENSE REGARDING GUN CONTROL WOULDN’T HURT.

Wishing you a peace filled week,

bernadette

I am also linking this post to Ruth Ayer’s wonderful web page – Ruth Ayers Writes.  If you get a chance go visit.  You will leave feeling happy.

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

Celebrating the Specialness of the Uneventful

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

 

I am celebrating this week the very great gift of an uneventful week.

  • I went to work.
  • I had dinner with friends.
  • I swam in our pool.
  • I barbecued steaks.
  • I went for walks.
  • I wrote by blogs
  • I read loads of other blogs.
  • I started a new book.
  • I smelled the peonies.
  • I spent quiet moments with my husband.

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There should be a better word for this kind of week than uneventful.  How about uneventfullspecialadocis?  Sort of like supercalafragalisticexpealadocious .

Wishing you the gift of ordinary happiness,

bernadette

CELEBRATING A FOREVER FAMILY

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

 

This week I had a long hoped and prayed for celebration become reality.

My granddaughter, Maya, has been in foster care for three years.  During these foster care years, she fortunately has always been with family but her family did not have any legal claim to her.

Yesterday my daughter in law and my oldest son signed off on adoption papers.  Maya is no longer a ward of the state but a permanent member of a loving family, our family.

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Maya and her brother Lucas

I celebrate this long held wish being fulfilled.  I celebrate the end of the constant worry about Maya being removed from Hillary and David’s care.  And I celebrate Hillary and David who have given this gift of a permanent loving family to Maya and to her grandparents.

Wishing your family permanent love,

bernadette

CELEBRATING KINDNESS FOUND

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.  THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

This is the second week of my kindness challenge and the challenge was to observe act of kindness in my everyday life.

It is amazing what a change in my mental framework the effort of focusing on becoming aware of the little acts of kindness that abound in an ordinary day.  The end of this week has left me feeling elated.  My soul and heart have been fed by these acts of kindness.

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“The Little Gardner” Emily Hughes

I am going to share this poem by Ronald Wallace that splendidly illustrates my feelings.

“Blessings”

Blessings
occur.
Some days I find myself
putting my foot in
the same stream twice;
leading a horse to water
and making him drink.
I have a clue.
I can see the forest
for the trees.

All around me people
are making silk purses
out of sows’ ears,
getting blood from turnips,
building Rome in a day.
There’s a business
like show business.
There’s something new
under the sun.

Some days misery
no longer loves company;
it puts itself out of its.
There’s rest for the weary.
There’s turning back.
There are guarantees.
I can be serious.
I can mean that.
You can quite
put your finger on it.

Some days I know
I am long for this world.
I can go home again.
And when I go
I can
take it with me.

Wishing you a week where everything goes right,

bernadette

CELEBRATING ACCEPTING MY OWN PERSONAL WEAKNESS

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

I have always been the type of person who rarely accepted my own personal weaknesses.  My favorite Mother’s Day card was a depiction of me as Super Woman.  No matter what challenges have presented themselves to me, I have looked them in the eye and said to myself I will not be defeated.  I have charted my own course toward overcoming troubles and heartaches

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and with the help and support of my loving and supportive husband and my very loving and patient friends I have usually found land.

This week I found out that in the case of one particular problem that I landed on a phantom island instead of docking on safe and secure land.  I can’t say that I have completely accepted the fact of my humanity that led me to believe in the reality of the phantom but I’m working on it.  And this is where the celebration comes in – because I have accepted the reality of the situation even if it still puzzles me.  And I am working on accepting that I may have to take my cape off once in a while.  But, I’m still not giving up steering my own course.

And here is hoping you will always steer your own course,

bernadette

 

CELEBRATING OUR GRANDDAUGHTER’S 3RD BIRTHDAY

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.  THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

 

HBDMAYA

FOR MAYA AT THREE YEARS OLD

HOW CAN THIS
WEE LITTLE MINION
WIELD SUCH
STRONG OPINIONS
THAT AT THE AGE OF THREE
SHE HAS ALREADY DECREED
ONLY AVOCADOS FOR ME
ABSOLUTELY NO BROCCOLI.

AND WHEN DID SHE
MASTER THE ART
OF SLIGHT OF HAND
SO THAT ONE OFFERED COOKIE
BECOMES TWO
AS SHE PLANNED.

HOW DOES SUCH A
TINY TOT KNOW
THAT MY SOLE PURPOSE IS
TO COLOR AND ROLL PLAY DOUGH
TO NEVER MAKE HER EAT
ANYTHING GREEN
TO HAVE PLENTY OF COOKIES
AND ACKNOWLEDGE SHE IS THE QUEEN
WHO RULES OVER HER TOTALLY
BESOTTED BY LOVE GRANDPARENTS.

Wishing you a sweet little ruler in your life,

Bernadette

 

CELEBRATING BREAKFAST WITH GRANDCHILDREN

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD.  THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

 

Last Thursday evening Dom and I had the unusual pleasure of babysitting our grandchildren on a “school night”.  We did all the things grandparents do to try and make a school night visit special.  We made pizza, had strawberry shortcake, and rented a movie.  We even allowed them to play in Dom’s 20 year old sport’s car that is stored in the garage.

CAR

The next morning started with a laugh from a very a very early breakfast conversation.  Dom had left for the gym which is what he does every day.  Lucas asked me why Pop Pop goes to the gym every day.  I replied that Pop Pop likes to stay fit because a long time ago he was fat and he decided he would never be fat again.  I said, ” Lucas you should ask Pop Pop to show you his picture from those days when he was fat.”

Well Lucas looked at me in horror and replied, “I don’t think so MeMe.”  “I think that would be too disturbing for me to see.”

I think I am still chuckling over the thought of Dom’s old pictures being rated PG.

Like old Art Linkletter used to say, “kids say the darndest things”.

Wishing you loads of innocent chuckles this week,

Bernadette

 

CELEBRATING THE RECOGNITION OF WOMEN

MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.
MY WEEKLY THANK YOU NOTE TO GOD. THANK YOU RUTH AYERS FOR MAKING THIS SPACE AVAILABLE.

What a week it has been for recognition of women in the United States.  The big announcement by the Treasury that Harriet Tubman will be featured on the front of the $20 bill.

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But not only that, on the back of the $10 bill will be featured Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul.

Which leads me to the next huge celebration, for at last there is now a national monument to women’s equality.  After women won the right to vote, Alice Paul bought a brick house near Capitol Hill in 1929.  She moved the National Women’s Party into it so that they could continue to lobby for legislation that pertained to women such as property rights, equal pay, housing and employment and housing issues.  They wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in that house.  Unfortunately, this piece of legislation has not been enacted to this day.

President Obama has designated that house, the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum in Washington, D.C., as the United States’ first Women’s Equality National Monument.

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What a historic week to celebrate.

Wishing us all many more of these historic opportunities to celebrate,

Bernadette