52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 13

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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.

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This week I went to a wedding and saw two enchanting young people pledge to join their lives together and embark in their tiny boat of marriage to sail the seas of life.  Their hands are young and strong and perhaps together they will create a new tiny set of hands and bring more love into life.

This week I went to a funeral of a kind and generous man.  A man who was taken from the loving arms of his family and friends too early.  His hands were old but still strong.  He has left his wife alone to sail the sea of life and she will miss him.  They brought into life two new sets of hands and so his sons have added more love to the world.

“The more we love the more we lose. The more we lose the more we learn. The more we learn the more we love. It comes full circle. Life is the school, love is the lesson. We cannot lose.”
― Kate McGahan

I am thankful to be a part of this heartbreakingly beautiful circle of life.

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. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

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

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Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity  to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 10

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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 recently saw some images of sailboats that reminded me of my longtime friendship with Connie and Ginny.

NEW SAILBOAT

At one time we were three magnificent sailboats.  Our sails caught the wind sharply and our hull gleamed with fresh paint.

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Now after having navigated the happy and sad seas of life our sails have been mended many times and the paint on our craft has faded but still maintains a beautiful patina that cannot be reproduced without having lived a long life.

OLD SAILBOAT

And I give thanks that we still have our friendship and we are still sailing our own boats.

 

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. We’ve seen it all, tried it all, and even done it all.  I am so grateful that we’ve been through it together.

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

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

I am sharing this today with my friends over at Two Writing Teachers who hold an open forum for writers every Tuesday.  Go visit.

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity  to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

What If I Became You?

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On Sunday Lucas and Dom had an interesting conversation on black holes.  The posited that it was a possibility if they went through a black hole they could switch identities.  This lead to a hilarious conversation about switching roles with Lucas being the grandfather and being married to me and Hillary being Dom’s mother and on and on.

But, after everyone went home it got me thinking about how would I behave if I thought I would come back to this world as another person.  Maybe a person of a different race and maybe a person without the economic privilege that I have.  Would I take the Biblical injunction to “Love my neighbor as myself” a little more to heart?

What if I became you

for just a day?

When I saw through

different eyes,

would I finally

understand?

Wishing you a week filled with good revelations,

bernadette

On Tuesday’s I try to write a slice of my life and post it at Two Writing Teacher’s.  If you get a minute check it out.  You won’t be disappointed by the stories.

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

 

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

This Monday post became a Tuesday post this week due to the holiday.

I believe in the power of positive group energy.  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.

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.  One of the “mantras” that the great Vietnamese activist and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, has written about in his book, The Art of Communicating, is: “I know you are there”.

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 holiday weekend my youngest son came to visit.  It has been a long time since we have come together as a family.  I was overwhelming thankful for this very rare opportunity.  But how did thankfulness become appreciation this weekend.  I think for me by taking the time to follow Thich Nhat Hanh word’s of wisdom to pay attention to the person in front of me, to let that person know that “I know you are there”.

THINGS THAT CAUSED MOMENTS OF APPRECIATION 

  • Talking to my son about his visit with his brother who is severely brain injured.
  • Watching my daughter-in-law, despite her discomfort, treat everyone with loving kindness.
  • Watching the entire family, brothers, fathers, sons, grandfathers and grandson, just enjoy a lot of laughter over the game of bocce.

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Wishing you many moments of appreciation this week,

bernadette

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.  SHARE YOUR STORIES OF THANKFULNESS AND APPRECIATION.

I am sharing this post today with my friends over at TWO WRITING TEACHERS.

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

 

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I hesitated to start this project at such an odd time of the year.  But then I reflected on the fact that the hands on my clock “keep on ticking into the future” at a very fast pace these days.  So I decided to seize the day and start this Monday feature.  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 believe in the power of positive group energy.  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.

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.

Saturday I spent a delightful day in New York City with my much loved husband and very dear friends.  It was a perfect day in every respect and one that I have every reason to be very thankful for.  But at small moments during the day appreciation arose and I experienced the day on a richer level.

THINGS THAT CAUSED MOMENTS OF APPRECIATION 

  • Watching my husband and friend engrossed in a conversation.
  • Feeling a cool breeze when we crossed to the shady side of the street.
  • A big smile given to me by a small child while we waited to cross a street.
  • Being able to dine while appreciating the beauty of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River.
  • The intimacy of riding in our car in the dark and speaking about our hopes and fears for our children.

Wishing you many moments of appreciation this week,

bernadette

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.  SHARE YOUR STORIES OF THANKFULNESS AND APPRECIATION.

I am sharing this post today with my friends over at TWO WRITING TEACHERS.

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

I am also linking today with Jacqueline at ACOOKINGPOTANDTWISTEDTALES.COM.

THE ING WEEK

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

THIS IS THE ING WEEK.  YOU KNOW:

COOKING

BAKING

WRAPPING

CLEANING

CAROLING

WASSALING

LAUGHING

LOVING

I WANT TO TAKE A BREAK FROM ALL OF THE ABOVE TO WISH MY FELLOW SLICERS,

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Ironies In My Life – Shout out to Carol Wilcox

Last week one of the writers in My Slice of Life Group, Carol Wilcox, carolwscorner.blogspot.com,  wrote about having a difficult child.  She felt that all the other Slicers had an idillic family life.  So this Slice goes out to her.  SLICE OF LIFE

As many of you who have read my blogs know, my husband and I are currently raising our one year old granddaughter.  We also have a 37 year old son who lives in a nursing home.  The following is a list of the ironies in my life from the past week.

  • Receiving complementary copies of Parenting Magazine and AARP Magazine.
  • Buying baby food on the first Wednesday of the month so that I can receive the senior discount.
  • Explaining to the nice man at Amerihealth that I can’t put Maya on our health insurance policy because we are on Medicare.
  • Feeding your granddaughter breakfast and then going to a nursing home to feed your son lunch.
  • Getting a babysitter so that you can celebrate your 65th birthday with your girlfriends.
WHO'S LIFE IS THIS ANYWAY?  CAN'T BE MINE.  SOMEONE MADE A MISTAKE WHEN I GOT ASSIGNED THIS LIFE.
WHO’S LIFE IS THIS ANYWAY? CAN’T BE MINE. SOMEONE MADE A MISTAKE WHEN I GOT ASSIGNED THIS LIFE.

“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.”

― Regina Brett

Wishing you a week filled with humorous ironies,

Bernadette