Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gratitude - Day 1


In these times of turmoil and uncertainty and to lift my face skyward, I thought to list, each day for a while, the uniqueness in my days, the sometimes tiny things that bring me joy, the often unnoticed kind gestures of others, which frequently get squelched underneath this anxiety that haunts each waking minute. I need to be reminded there is so much good in the world, so very much.

A friend and I had a date to go an afternoon tea and concert today which featured a few other friends of ours. At the last minute she cancelled. I felt like cancelling also. Schlepping all the way into town all by myself, blah, blah. But I phoned an acquaintance who doesn't live too far from here and arranged to hook up with her. I'd like to get to know her a little better. This was completely out of the norm for me.

(1)On my way another friend called and said he'd been talking to someone who might be able to help my young (29 yo)friend find a place to live as she needs to leave a toxic family environment. Meeting arranged at my house tomorrow.

(2)When we got to the venue (an old church), an unexpected pleasure was a good friend racing up to me at the door and insisting we join their table. There's nothing like walking into a large performance space and being made feel so very welcome. When I gave my name for the pre-booked ticket the guy in the box office said "Oh, you're the playwright, right?". Talk of warm fuzzies and girlish blushes!

(3)The concert was wonderful and the food so lovely, all served with élan. There's something about afternoon tea and real china accompanied by live music that zings.

(4)My acquaintance, now friend, who has lost a ton of weight, told me she had a bag of brand new clothes in her car which no longer fitted her, some of which I might like. There are Santas everywhere.

All in all a rather lovely day now that I think about it.

And not the other stuff.



16 comments:

  1. These kinds of days are what remind us of an attitude of gratitude. And it helps if we can write about them.

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    1. I believe writing reinforces them Ramana, I am so grateful I embarked on this project.

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  2. A gem of a day! As we get older we appreciate these kinds of days so much more than we might have when we were young and still thought of ourselves as immortal. I am happy for you.

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    1. Yes, aging nudges these thoughts more and more and I can't quite believe the peace I'm feeling.

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  3. That's what I call a warm glow day wishing you more of the same .Meg

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  4. I love this so much. What a great day you had. I'm so glad you called the new friend and asked her along. I wish I had people like you in my life who would just call and invite me, on the spur of the moment.

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    1. Maybe you need to make the call yourself, DKZ, what's the very worst that can happen?

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  5. Sounds like a good day all around!

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  6. You bless me with your words...
    Wishing you many more times like this.

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    1. Ah Ernestine, as you do with yours in my life.

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  7. A string of unexpected pleasant surprises. What fun! Especially when the day started off with a disappointing "no-show".

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    1. The old cliché lemons and lemonade come to mind Nick!

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  8. I copied your gratitude image :)
    Right there with you
    so much to be thankful for
    But sad my children not near
    especially when I do not feel good.
    Yesterday tooth pulled and arthritis is raging :(

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  9. As you know, I'm with you on focusing on gratitude in these dark times. This sounds like a good day!

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