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An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1)  For all my young Lakota friends on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Watching them grow up has been amazing; getting to know their families and learn more about their culture first hand, has been the best experience of my life.  Their trust and friendship has been far more a gift to me than anything I have ever given them.  This year many of the children I met when they were in the first grade are seniors and will soon be graduating. I can't wait to see what they do with their lives!

2) For letters... the old fashioned handwritten kind that were read and re-read and became treasured keepsakes. I wish we all took time to send more snail-mail letters nowadays. It is so fun to open your mailbox and find something besides advertising and bills.  I always used to trace my handprint on letters before I sent them off.  One time a friend sent back a tracing of his foot as a response! :-)

3) For autumn leaves in their beautiful array of colors. We don't have many trees here and I really miss fall. I love the crunch of them underfoot, and the smell of them burning in the piles we labored to rake up as children.

4) For lefties, like me, that comprise 10% of the population. There's all kinds of studies online about the way we differ from our right-handed peers.  As a rule we don't live as long, but I think that's because we burn brighter while we live! :-)

5) For Life Flights that have saved countless lives by their ability to provide fast emergency transport to hospitals and trauma centers.  A good friend of mine owes his life to a Life Flight that transported him from a small town in New Mexico to a Large Hospital in Lubbock two weeks ago when he had a heart attack.  Three stents and one long week later, he's back home and doing good, thank you Lord!

6) For lobster my most favorite very special meal!  My fantasy is to enjoy an "all-you-can-eat lobster buffet" just one time before I die!  I know I would eat myself  sick, but one lobster tail always seems to be just a tantalizing tease, making me wish for much more.

7) For my laptop computer.  It seems less exciting now with the advent of tablets and smart phones, but remember when laptops first came out, and what a blessing their portability was compared to big clunky desktop computers?  I still use my laptop along with a small rolling laptop desk for most of my blogging, because the larger keyboard is easier on my old arthritic wrists and fingers.  Do you know anyone besides me who has used  their laptop so much that they have worn the letters off the keys?  I now have to resort to locating most letters from memory. I do fine with that except for punctuation keys. Ugh!

8) For lightning - God's masterpiece of pyrotechnic shows!  Watching lightning branch across the sky at night while soaking in the hot tub is breathtakingly beautiful!  I've also seen lightning strike things such as street lamps, setting off a brilliant display of shooting sparks!

9) For lists, I couldn't live without them! My short-term memory has long since left the building, and were it not for the many notes and lists I make myself each day, I would never be able to remember or accomplish anything.  I love the handy little Notes app on my iPhone - instant lists that are always at your fingertips!  My favorite list at the moment... things to remember to take on our upcoming vacation, so that we don't leave anything important behind! :-)

10) And last but never least, I am so very thankful for LOVE - it is absolutely the most powerful force in the universe....
 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

24 comments:

  1. Wonderful "L" words once again! Yes to lists! I can't remember anything without them.

    Happy Saturday!

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    1. Hi Dana, wishing you a great weekend! Before the advent of cellphones with Notes, I used to write them on the back of my hand, that was the only way I was sure not to forget or misplace them! :-)

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  2. I am also a lefty and I have the pen stains on my hand to prove it. Luckily, my daughter inherited her Father's right handedness because I really feel like life is easier for the right handed. But, I've noticed that many, many doctors are left handed and I wonder if that is some sort of trait that should be studied.

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    1. It doesn't surprise me in the least bit that you are a lefty, Maria, it makes me smile. You are right though, it is a right-handed world and so much easier for them to negotiate things. We are constantly challenged to adapt to a world that is set up backwards for us, but maybe that helps to make us all the more determined to meet the challenges and overcome the obstacles of life!

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  3. Lots of wonderful 'L' words but my favorite is LOVE.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

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    1. LOVE is clearly my favorite L-word too, Sandee - and maybe deep down it is everyone's, you either feel loved and give love freely, or you long for it, but either way it is incredibly important in our lives. To me, it is amazing how love can change people and how love applied can change situations. There are so many kinds of love, but it all comes straight from the heart! Have a great weekend, Sandee!

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  4. As much as the internet has made our lives easier, it makes me sad that it is killing the art of letter-writing. I'm with you. There's nothing like getting a handwritten letter in your mailbox. December is one of my favorite months simply because I get so much mail.
    Here, here! to lefties. My husband, two of my kids, my three full siblings and I are all lefties. Growing up in a family that only had left-handed kids, I didn't realize it was such an oddity.
    Lastly, lists are what make the world go round.

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    1. Wow, that's some pretty strong lefty genetics you have going there! My ex-husband was a lefty like me, so we had the house set up left-handed and it really was nice! One doesn't realize all the ways the world is geared to right-handed people until you start making a list one day as you do things, and how many times you have to make adjustments to accommodate being left-handed.

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  5. This is beautiful. And what a great theme for the A to Z. I sense through your writing that your gratitude isn't reserved for just gratitude blogs. Life is so enriched when living it with gratitude. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Teresa! I do attempt to keep my frame of mind positive and grateful, some days with more success than others. :) Doing these daily posts is proving to be a really good experience because I'm staying focused and watching for things to add to the upcoming lists!

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  6. I too am thankful to the Lord, grateful for my laptop and letters. I love the quote by Mother Teresa and I absolutely love your theme.

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    1. Thank you Suzy, these are great "L-things". Mother Teresa is my hero, she'll definitely be on my "M-list"! I'm really happy with the theme I chose too, it's been fun rather than feeling like one more chore I need to complete each night!

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  7. Tractor Man is a "leftie". I think lefties have a special heart.

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    1. Well thank you Gail! Lefties are definitely a unique bunch and we do have our similarities. I think it would be fun to have a room half-full of lefties and half-full of righties and have them work on the same problems and situations and see what each team comes up with. I bet it would be interesting! :-)

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  8. I actually have a picture of my old keyboard with many of the letters worn off or close to it. That computer is now sleeping the long sleep of the unrecoverable mother-boards. But my new laptop is only a couple months old and a two of the keys are showing signs of the letters wearing down :)

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    1. Hi Sarah! I am learning that this is a common phenomena among bloggers and other keyboard addicted sorts! In days past the letters were often engraved on typewriter keys and early computer keyboards, and perhaps that helped maintain the lettering in better condition. It is a good thing that most of us as so QWERTY savvy that we don't really need to know what those keys say, we know where they are! :-)

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  9. Such a wonderful list for L. We have something common with Letters and I completely agree with your thoughts on them.

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    1. Hi Judygirl! It's true, we seem to be focusing on the same important values with each post, and that makes me smile! :-)

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    1. I like that quote too, Shimon. I think it's true, it's all about our spirit of giving, does it come from the heart, or is it just for show?

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  11. Lightening, lists, and love - perfect. L is also for the Liebster Award which I nominated you for today. The info is on my blog. I hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

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    1. Well that's a very cool L, Julie, thank you!!! :-)

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  12. Hey Josie~
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blogging challenge & will stop by often. Hope you'll do the same. By the way, your four babies are beautiful! And Papa Bear is a cutie, too. :)
    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria! Welcome to my blog! I saw that we have some common interest and experiences when I visited your blog, and I'll definitely be back to read more of your own 30 day challenge... keep it going! :-)

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