52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 7

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

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.

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.

dolphins

 

I recently had the great pleasure of spending a few days with my friends at their beach house.  One of the things my friend and I enjoy doing together is taking a morning walk.  And, boy, what a treat these morning walks were.  We took our walks on the boardwalk and had the whole ocean to admire.  The sun shone on us, the temperatures were low and their was no humidity – what more could a walker ask for?

As we walked along the second morning, a woman started directly for us with a huge smile on her face.  The smile was so happy that her mood was infectious.  I quickly found myself smiling back at her although I had no idea who she was and what we were smiling about.

She excitedly stopped us and pointed to the ocean.  “Quick!  Look out there, there are dolphin pods out there.”  And sure enough the dolphins came into view doing their happy dance in the ocean and quickly my heart was lighter and my mood even more lifted.

She went on with her walk and we continued on with ours.  But I just can’t get over how extraordinary that encounter was.  My unknown friend was bursting with joy and by sharing it with us the joy multiplied.

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. Thankfulness is the soil in which joy thrives.

Merci de m’avoir rejoint,bernadette

I am sharing this post with my friends over at Two Writing Teachers. If you get a chance hop on over there. You will be sure to be inspired.

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 6

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

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.

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.

Gratitude List
by Laura Foley

Praise be this morning for sleeping late,
the sandy sheets, the ocean air,
the midnight storm that blew its waters in.
Praise be the morning swim, mid-tide,
the clear sands underneath our feet,
the dogs who leap into the waves,
their fur, sticky with salt,
the ball we throw again and again.
Praise be the green tea with honey,
the bread we dip in finest olive oil,
the eggs we fry. Praise be the reeds,
gold and pink in the summer light,
the sand between our toes,
our swimsuits, flapping in the breeze.

 

Dom and I returned from our vacation this past week.  The day before we left, we buried our dear friend Maggi.  The enormity of losing this very special person moved me very quickly from just giving thanks for being on vacation into an intense appreciation for every day’s experience.  I think the poem by Laura Foley expresses my feelings during this vacation.

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. Thankfulness is an expression of our appreciation for life. Sometimes we get so focused on life’s challenges that we lose sight of being grateful for simply having a life to live.

Graze Mille,bernadette

I am sharing this post with my friends over at Two Writing Teachers.  If you get a chance hop on over there.  You will be sure to be inspired.

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 5

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

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.

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 week I have deep gratitude to be on vacation with my husband.  We are on a little island in the Caribbean that we have visited many times and have almost come to think of us our home away from home.

Vacation

The places we have gone to
and the trips that we have taken
Photographs of love and laughs
of another family vacation.

It doesn’t matter where we go
as long as we’re together
At different ages, on these pages-
we’ll be on vacation forever.

Author: Gina Marie Lauchner

I am so grateful to have another opportunity to vacation with my husband.

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. Thankfulness is an expression of our appreciation for life. Sometimes we get so focused on life’s challenges that we lose sight of being grateful for simply having a life to live.

TAKING A VACATION

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This will be my inspiration for writing  during the next two weeks.  I will be resting, and ruminating, and meditating, and writing, and walking, and talking to Dom, and doing all things guaranteed to fill up my creativity tank.  BUT I won’t be blogging.  I will miss you my dears and will schedule the Senior Salon so that you can continue to stay in touch with each other.

See you soon,

Bernadette