Thanks: an expression of gratitude.
Another year has passed and another Thanksgiving is here. A day for ‘Thanks’, a day of reflection, a day for family. Yet this year the day crept up quickly and it doesn’t feel like it once did. Why? The world is a crazy place, the news confirms that. I lost my best friend and love of my life, so this is the first Thanksgiving without him, and I have had the misfortune of having to deal with some really bad people. The idea of giving ‘Thanks’ this year seems more of a challenge for me than usual. I wrote a list of all the good things in my life and some not so good, and by the time I got to the end, I realized I have many things to be thankful for. Sometimes we need to see them in black and white to recognize them.
Things I am thankful for 2015
- My family even those who are estranged from me because they were all part of my journey.
- Health for without it, nothing else matters and unless you have faced catastrophic sickness head on, you tend to not appreciate it. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for continued health of my loved ones.
- Home is where the heart is and where memories are made. A house doesn’t matter as much as a home does.
- Friends are those people who love you and support you not matter what. I am blessed with incredible ones.
- My team of professionals who have carried me through a difficult year because they believe in truth, respect and are willing to fight for it. They renew my faith in humanity.
- My dog because sometimes all that matters is the unconditional devotion of a furry friend who’s enthusiasm for me is contagious.
- Adversity because without it the good times wouldn’t seem so special.
- God for my journey is guided by Him. I believe I can handle whatever comes my way because God gives me the strength and resolve to face anything.
- Truth because it does matter.
- Differences between people because it means I stand for something I believe in and not everyone has to agree.
- Respect is being mindful of differences and acknowledging those differences. Today there is too little respect in both the world and within families. If families cannot respect one another what chance is there for the world?
- Kindness extended to me and my family. The random acts of thoughtfulness and support from family, friends and strangers give me hope. I have faith that those who harbor hatred in their hearts will one day learn what kindness is.
- Forgiveness for people who are hurtful and hateful towards me and my family. I cannot live a life holding onto grudges because that says more about me and has little to do with those who try to hurt me.
- Peace is the ability to take myself to the eye of the hurricane when the storm gets too rough. Life can be tough, but we choose how to handle it. I choose to seek peace.
- Perspective allows me to reflect upon the life that I have lived passionately and draw upon my experiences in order to keep things in perspective. Don’t sweat the small stuff nor the small people.
- Karma because I know what we put out into the universe will come back to us tenfold, so everyday I strive to do good and know everyone eventually gets what they deserve.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
It’s Christmas, It’s Christmas, it has finally arrived!
The baking and wrapping and all have survived.
The traditional family dinner is ready to be prepared,
And the customs of our Christmas, soon will be shared.
So as you celebrate today, with family and friends,
Remember the reason this season should never end.
Good will to all men and peace may there be,
The intentions of our lives for all the world to see.
For the joy of this season does not last for one day,
It is how we live our lives, what we do and what we say.
Merry Christmas and joy, to even those who may not be your ‘friend’
For those estranged and distance need extra prayers in the end.
Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!
What are you thankful for; family, friends, good health? Thanksgiving is a day to acknowledge those things we hold near and dear to us, but did you ever wonder if others are thankful having us in their lives? Are our family and friends giving thanks for knowing us and being part of their lives? Does our behavior set a good example for our children? Do we live our lives in a way we would want our children to emulate? Are we compassionate, kind and forgiving? Are we respectful human beings who are able to put others before our own self interests? Do we make our parents proud?
I am thankful for my husband, all my children, our grandchildren, and my parents. I am thankful for our family and friends near and far whose presence in our lives has made us better and happier people. Although we are faced with challenges, I thank God for those people who help us find strength and comfort to face those challenges surrounded by love. They give us hope that we can handle anything and for that I am most thankful for.
It’s my daughter Lauren and son-in-law Michael’s first wedding anniversary. A year of firsts; first home, first holidays and first baby. Time moves on so quickly that we sometimes get so involved in the everyday routines that we forget to take notice of those special moments and they just pass. One year ago today Lauren and Michael exchanged their wedding vows to embark upon a lifetime together. Family and friends gathered from near and far to celebrate with them. Today Lauren & Michael will spend their special day with their new baby daughter and remember not only the past year of firsts, but dream, imagine and celebrate a lifetime of many more wonderful things that life has in store for them. Happy Anniversary Lauren & Michael!
We have lots of days to celebrate things. Birthdays, holidays and one of them is Father’s Day. A day dedicated to the first man in our life who takes care of us and guides us; dad. I have been blessed with a very special dad. Now 86 years old, he has been the foundation in my life for care and concern. He is the one man who has loved me unconditionally, supported my decisions good or bad, but who has always let me know his opinion. There are many times we did not see eye to eye, but I grew up knowing that no matter what happened, what I may have done, my dad was always there for me. My dad is an incredible man and I love him so very much. Although I don’t get to see him as much as I want to, my daily conversations with him always put a smile on my face. It makes me sad to think there aren’t many dads like my dad, I find hope in the care and concern I see my son-in-law Michael have for my new baby grand daughter. I am watching the love of a father for his daughter evolve in front of my eyes knowing that he strives to be the type of dad my dad has been to me. For that I am very grateful and optimistic, and although my girls did not grow up like I did, Baby ‘K’ will have the unconditional love and support of her dad.
Happy Father’s Day!
Today is National Cancer Survivors Day. A day to celebrate those who have fought cancer, those who have lost their battle, those who have waged the war on this deadly disease and pretty much anyone who has been affected by it. When you think about it in those terms, today is a day to be celebrated by millions, because cancer affects us all. Will there be massive media attention devoted towards today? I would venture to say no. So for those of us who have been on the frontline of cancer, the mothers, daughters, friends, doctors, nurses, neighbors and anyone touched by it, I say celebrate today! Spread the word, Tweet about it, blog about it, share it on your Facebook status or just tell your friends, and let the world know that while cancer is devastating it will never take hope away from those who are affected by it. Cancer sucks, but we will never give up and will continue to fight the fight against this deadly disease!
Happy Cancer Survivors Day!