SOME DAYS….

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CEFALU, SICILY

Some Days
by Philip Terman

Some days you have to turn off the news
and listen to the bird or truck
or the neighbor screaming out her life.
You have to close all the books and open
all the windows so that whatever swirls
inside can leave and whatever flutters
against the glass can enter. Some days
you have to unplug the phone and step
out to the porch and rock all afternoon
and allow the sun to tell you what to do.
The whole day has to lie ahead of you
like railroad tracks that drift off into gravel.
Some days you have to walk down the wooden
staircase through the evening fog to the river,
where the peach roses are closing,
sit on the grassy bank and wait for the two geese.

Thanks for taking the time to read,

bernadette

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.

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 16

52weekw

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.

This Monday find me in Sicily.  A country rich in history.  As I walk along in this magnificent land, I am so thankful to  have had this opportunity to fill my eyes and my soul with this entrancing land.

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On the sixth day,
God accomplished His work
And, pleased with all the beauty
He had created,
He took the Earth in His hands,
And kissed it.
There, where He put His lips,
That’s Sicily.
Renzino Barbera, 1923 – 2009 Poet, writer, artist, actor

 

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. “Travel is an excellent teacher – of so many profound subjects that are difficult to learn any other way. If she is the supreme mistress of any one, in my life experience, it is gratitude. Anyone who has traveled, even the most peripheral manner, has returned happy for home, hearth, and his own bed to sleep in. The longer we travel, the deeper we travel, the more profound those lessons of gratitude become.”  Jennifer Miller

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

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