If I think I have serious problems all I have to do is to look around me. I know that all of us have problems but there sure are some I wouldn’t want to have. One friend has a child with a brain tumor, another friend has had 2 recurrent brain tumors, I can look around me and there are people in pain with things unimaginable.
I need to remember to be grateful. Maybe I need to start saying: thank you that I don’t have a brain tumor, thank you that my children, grandchildren and great grandchild are well. Thank you that I am not in a wheel chair. Thank you that I have a home to live in. Thank you that I have food to eat.
I could spend the rest of the day listing the things that are a gift. I don’t need to be saying “poor me” and feeling bad.
Focusing on the good things makes life a lot more joyous. Gratitude helps us. Sometimes we are sad that some of our own problems are difficult and it is ok to understand that but it is not ok to dwell on it. It doesn’t help.
Find some way to keep track of the good things and focus on them.
Quite often I sit and wonder what I am going to write about. Most of the time something comes to me and I start with a thought and have no idea where it is going. Usually it works into something that what never what I thought in the beginning.
Today the only thing that came to mind is that in June my husband and I will have been married for 57 years. I can’t say that a single one of them have been bad. We never questioned that we belong together even on the off days. Ups and downs yes but never infidelity or desire to be with someone else. This quote from C.S. Lewis is fitting.
The Mighty Oak
My life must be a shadow
Standing beside the mighty oak
Towering toward the sky
What has he seen of life
Passing beneath outspread branches
Green with fern
Resting in the shade
Deer, squirrel, possum,
Raccoons, and rabbits wait
They hide when men with
Feathered headdress and
Quiet steps wander by
Mighty ships tall with sails
Have brought others
To sit below the ancient boughs
Strange machines have moved
And dwellings rose
The oak reached further
And green with rain
No loss of leaves in winter
but when new leaves form
in spring old pushed aside fall
My life but a shadow
Of time for Him
Gone in an instant
He sees each change
As in a dream
Of centuries gone
Today I am so tired. I hardly slept at all last night. Saying that makes me want to go on the with the son ” tossing and turning, turning and tossing, tossing and turning all night.” I guess that speaks about my age. In 1961 I was finishing my last year in college and looking forward to getting married in June of 1962.
The movie “American Graffiti” tole about this era andwas the precursor to Grease. I still love all the music from this time. It was magic to me. Everyone knows the following song. Bette Midler used it in the the film Beaches. Hope you enjoy this little memory from the past.
Today many people are thinking about love. Here are some different quotes to think about.
The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love Margaret Atwood
I know of only one duty, and that is to love. Albert Camus
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. Thomas Merton
They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything. Bil Keane
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have loved this song since the first time I heard it. I have been blessed with people in my life who have held me up from my parents and family, to my husband and friends and my God. They have all been so patient through my struggles with anxiety and IBSD. The song always brings tears to my eyes remembering how their love has held me in the midst of trials. My life would not be the same without their presence. Some are gone now but their love is never gone. Others have filled in the spaces especially my children, grandchildren and wonderful friends.
This song makes me feel so grateful!