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On Being Thankful

We are coming up on Thanksgiving here and it is a good time to reflect on the things for which I am thankful. We are all aware of the good things present in our lives but sometimes it is nice to write them down.

This morning was not as cool as we expected, so during our morning walk the temperature was 42° F. I bundled up but still managed to sweat the last half of the walk. I  always know when my heart rate gets up. My hands finally get warm and I start opening up the layers to cool off. I am so thankful that we are healthy enough to get out and walk.

The bonus of getting out early is we have an opportunity to see the way the sun reflects off the trees as it comes up over the mountains. It can be glorious like this morning. The colors are not that vivid normally. That is all the sun dancing across the mountain top.

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I love modern day technology and I am thankful I have the tools availableI can use to blog and share these photos. I like Apple products and even though I do not care for the expense, I am thankful how productive I can be while using them. AirDrop Is my technology best friend.

We will not be cooking at our house this year. Although I am a little sad there will be no big gathering of family here, I am thankful we are close to some family members and will enjoy the holiday time with them.

Friday, after Thanksgiving is over, we will drive north toward Waynesville, NC and select a Christmas tree. It is a drive we enjoy and is often where we see our first snowfall of the year. After our tree is cut and loaded in the truck, we will enjoy a cup of warm apple cider or hot chocolate courtesy of the tree farm. I am thankful we are still able to wrangle a big tree into our house and decorate it for the coming holiday season.

Now I am off to toast an ‘Everything’ bagel and enjoy a glass of orange juice. I hope your day is full of things to be thankful for.

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Thankful

Day 71

Sometimes in a given day, we are limited as to what we can do or accomplish. The one thing I always have the capacity for is the ability to give thanks.

Today I am thankful for soft continuous rain on a long drive, friends that check in to see how I am, a hand that reaches out and doesn’t let go, children that bring great joy to my life, and a husband whose heart amazes me a little more each and every day.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Epicurus

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Mindfullness

Day 33

We had to leave home early today to take my car for service. It’s an import, so no one in my little town works on them. The drive down takes about an hour and hubby follows me down since the service takes a good part of the day. We usually have scheduled errands or appointments that take up the day, but today was not one of those days. After we dropped the car off we had a late breakfast and decided to spend the day just going where the wind blew us.

The Drive

IMG_7549The drive down was a little precarious. We ran into some heavy rain and wind. As I drove I watched the wind whip through the trees. A lot of the leaves fell from the trees making me thankful we took Sunday to drive the Parkway for the last time this year. I would imagine in a few days, much of the color will be turning a rusty orange and fall will slowly inch toward winter.

Even with the rain, the view was beautiful. The road has small hills and valleys and lots of curves. In the valleys, the temperature combined with the humidity to create a beautiful steamy fog in some places. I kept thinking about how lucky I was to be there in this moment to experience the drive. The leaves on the ground were wet and reflective like glass. So beautiful in their simplicity.

People

Today I saw several people who had very blank expressions. I am a people watcher and try to be cautious I do not make people nervous. The few times people caught my eye I simply smiled and their face lit up and the returned the smile. I love it when that happens. We can all spend so much time internalizing and turning inward, it’s nice when we let our guard down.

We spent some time ‘window shopping’ at the mall. I bought a latte at Starbucks to sip while we looked through a few of the stores. A beautiful woman working behind the makeup counter at one of the department stores commented about how good the coffee looked. We chatted for a moment, she told me she was returning to Atlanta tonight — going home. She seemed genuinely happy at the thought.

Giving Thanks

Today I gave thanks for so many things that crossed my path. The rain, the people, the sky and little messages I received throughout the day. I read a heartfelt message from my daughter which made me so thankful that my children are in such a good place. They love each other dearly which is what I always hoped for. Siblings that are there for each other when things get tough are a godsend.

We have such a wonderful blended family and that is such a blessing to me. We all enjoy each other’s company and spending time together is always fun. We have started to make plans for Thanksgiving and a few events in December so the season is already getting off to a good start.

Listening

IMG_7706I am so thankful today that I can be here when people need someone to talk to. I have had several friends and family with heart wrenching situations this past week. To be here as a shoulder or a friend or a confidant makes us all feel better. I was always a better listener than a talker, so perhaps it is just part of my reason for being here. Regardless, I am thankful that we can be here for one another.

Today has been about mindfulness. Observing my environment. Connecting with people and giving thanks. Days like this make me realize that none of us are ever intended to travel this life alone. It took so little to gain so much today. I am so grateful. Every day, no matter where we are or what tasks lie ahead, there is much to be mindful of.

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.”
Thich Nhat Hanh