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

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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.

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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

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 8

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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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It is that time of the year in New Jersey when the produce is bursting from the farmer’s market stands and is filled with such flavor.  The aroma and the beauty of the tomatoes and peaches fills my heart with such gratitude to be alive and relishing this bounty.

Earth who gives to us this food.

Sun who makes it ripe and good.

Dearest Earth and Dearest Sun.

We’ll not forget what you have done

Christian Morgenstern

 

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. If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough (Meister Echart).

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

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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.

Robert Browning

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers " sponsors an opportunity to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers ” sponsors an opportunity to share your writing.

 

Every morning I receive a meditation post from the Blue Mountain Center for Meditation.  The writings are by Eknath Easwaran.  This post was based on a poem by Robert Browning:

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith, “A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!”

– ROBERT BROWNING

The first two lines of this poem I think are very familiar to most people.  I know that I have used them many times when writing to my husband and many singers have recorded variations on this theme.  But I never read the remainder of that poem until this morning.

Lately, I have found myself repeating “Getting old isn’t for sissy’s”.  But I think I will start repeating the last line of this stanza.  It is so very much more elegant.

The last stanza of this poem is such a beautiful prayer and conversation with God:

So, take and use Thy work:
Amend what flaws may lurk,
What strain o’ the stuff, what warpings past the aim!
My times be in Thy hand!
Perfect the cup as planned!
Let age approve of youth, and death complete the same!

What a wonderful reminder that perfect the cup as planned.

Wishing you a fearless day,

Bernadette

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