I am grateful on this day, Friday, 24th December 2010 'Christmas Eve' for
GRATITUDE Gracious Gratitude, rescuing me from myself, forging paths through fear
At an early age I was familiar with the saying "count your blessings one by one" but it was just some old saying! Life passes so quickly, and there were times I felt like the days were so long, so dark and filled with nothing, like I was wading through treacle! but those days are in the past now, and it's Christmas Eve so enough of that! just one thing though,
I'm so grateful I learned to "count my blessings one by one" for so doing the mind becomes filled with the positive, literally leaving no room for anything else!
Thank you for returning to my advent calendar with your lovely comments. BTW I have a greeting for you on my last day of Gratitude 25th ! for more haiku posts Visit Recuerda mi Corazon
I am grateful on this day, Thursday, 23rd December 2010 for A Table overflowing with Love
I'm nearly at the end of my 25 days of gratitude and have not even scratched the surface, but I would like to mention something I'm often reminded of on my daily pop-up motivational homepage, "family is a little home made of love"
My Family I like to think my family extends to all of you, as we are all inextricably linked! I'm sending my love over to Meri's Share the Joy Thursday
I am grateful on this day, Wednesday, 22nd December 2010 for Dreams .....
The dreams I'm dreaming today are not little piddly dreams,
but big, larger than life dreams!
I'm grateful I have the capacity to dream
I haven't always?
My dreams are for the coming year,
You are all in my dreams,
you are all in my big dreams,
let's dream together
It has been a while since I last did a 'moonboard' as I call them, in fact, I started this one for November. I am happy to be back amongst the Dreamers.
This is a muddled reflection of cherished memories, meaningful symbols and wishes for the future. It also gives a hint towards the last dreamboard which said 'there's something waiting in the wings' and there was. It's only a little something at the moment but I'm going to keep dreaming on as much as I can.
Best wishes to everyone for these holidays :)
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I am grateful on this day, Tuesday, 21st December 2010,
for Winter Solstice
Today is the shortest day of the year,
a very special day for us in the northern hemisphere,
as we are at the furthermost point of the earth's journey around the sun.
This is particularly poignant as we are experiencing severe freezing temperatures here in Britain.
No wonder the ancients had reverence for this day onward,
their gloominess having descended like the sun itself,
falling lower and lower on the horizon.
Then being replaced by elation as the sun began to climb again and recover.
No wonder they marked these days
by joyful celebrations in anticipation of increasing light and warmth!
I am grateful on this day, Monday, 20th December 2010,
for Canine Companions ~ My two boys Dougal&Jasper have made many appearances here on 'finding my bliss' but how could I complete my gratitude without giving these boys a mention?
Dougal came into our lives unexpectedly, at a time when we were experiencing turmoil!
His personality? We say he is his 'own dog,' knows what he wants and goes for it! As a puppy he made his escape quite a few times. Sometimes when we go for a walk in the deserted local country park at night he will decide 'he's not going' and puts the 'brakes on' so we leave him, he waits there until we return. He's very stubborn, clever, sensitive and almost human! He is totally loyal to me, keeps guard of me always.
Jasper, Dougal's offspring on the other hand is a complete softy.
I am grateful on this day, Saturday, 18th December 2010,
I'm going to be putting on my dancing shoes...
my love and my friend,
my boy and his partner,
my girl and her friend,
We're all going to be boogie-ing on down tonight
at the Acoustic Angels
I am grateful on this day, Wednesday, 15th December 2010,
for Cherished Moments
. I'm writing about this before the thoughts escape me, before they float off into the ether.
This morning much like any other morning started by seeing Charlotte off to work,
she's staying with us whilst her bathroom is being renovated,
Over the past three years she has
stayed with us on and off
since coming back from life in the big city, all battered and bruised.
She's been on her healing path ever since.
Lately life has taken a leap forward for her
after two years or so out of work,
after pulling herself up off of the ground,
after preparing and putting herself through rigorous interviews,
she landed herself the perfect job
at the University of Derby!!!
She's met someone who is making her happy!!!
This morning I packed her off to work,
it was Christmas lunch day,
I ironed her frilly blouse
thinking how lovely she was going to look,
she had no earrings to go with,
so I fetche…
I am grateful on this day, Tuesday 14th December 2010,
It has been treacherous under foot, mounds of ice everywhere on the roads, making driving very scary! This situation is quite rare here in the UK, the services are ill prepared for such 'extreme' weather. Having gingerly stepped out of the car onto the kerbside as I was waiting for the bus, I noticed a young man with a white stick shuffling his way along the edge of the snow. I saw someone approach him to see if he needed help, he gestured that he was okay. My heart was aching for this young person being out there, braving the elements. The feeling of admiration tinged with sadness stayed with me throughout the day remembering his slight figure disappear. Today the snow has almost gone, I'm feeling much better about venturing outdoors, my gratitude for mobility is soaring.
I am grateful on this day,
Sunday 12th December 2010,
'A Virgin A Day'
The beauty of these last 12 Days
I hadn't thought about it for
a very long time,
I'd almost forgotten!
'A Virgin A Day'
threw me back into my childhood,
I would be about five at the time
when I was chosen to be Mary
for the school Nativity Play,
it was held at our very beautiful village church.
I think they chose me for my dark, curly locks.
I do recall thinking I would
rather be an angel,
on account of their huge, gorgeous wings,
rather than Mary wearing the plain blue dress!
I was more than a little put out too
when they took
the baby Jesus doll off of me!
Knowing what I Know now, I should have
basked a little more in the
glory and privilege
of such an occasion, after all it's not
every day, and everyone who gets
to step into the shoes
of the Virgin!