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An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1) For diversity... the differences among people, cultures and perspectives.  What a boring world it would be if we were all just the same! It is the awareness of and the interaction with others who are different than ourselves that leads to understanding, tolerance, appreciation, and ultimately world peace!

2) For my sweet Papa Bear who calls me Darlin' in true Texan style. I love it!  He is my knight in shining armor, the answer to a lifetime of prayers!

3) For my Dad.  Although I don't necessary agree with his methods of childrearing and discipline, he taught us right from wrong and was dependable, making sure that we always had what we needed and more.  I know that deep down he loved us, even if it took him many years before he was actually able to say those words.  He departed for the spirit world at the end of December three years ago, and I miss him dearly.

4) For my Mom's Desert Rose dishes that now reside in our home, behind the glass doors of Papa Bear's beautiful china cabinet.  I remember her scrimping and saving to buy  pieces of the set,  and asking for additional pieces as Christmas and Birthday gifts.  She loved the pattern, and we used these dishes every day.  They are a little piece of home and childhood that have followed me to Texas, and I just know Mom must be smiling when she sees them so lovingly displayed.

5) For the twenty mile drive to the city where I work each day, and for the drive back home.  This trip across the West Texas landscape is quiet and peaceful, and pretty in a barren sort of way.  The morning journey gives me time to pray and prepare myself mentally, and the return trip provides time to unwind and dispel stress on the way home.

6) For determination... it is what has kept me alive and moving forward at times when my world was too dark to see where I was going or even which way was up, and for finally making the decision to leave my last husband after years of living in a very destructive relationship. 

7) For donuts, our occasional treat at the office!  Nothing like a fresh warm donut to start the morning with a smile! :-)

8) For the doctors who saved my husband's life five years ago, beginning with his primary care physician who wisely diagnosed the persistent sharp pain in his shoulder and the severe coldness of some fingers as a much bigger issue that pinched nerves, and sent him straight to the hospital for testing that revealed that he had experienced a silent heart attack and had blocked arteries, and also for the cardiologist whose skill enabled him to implant stents in an artery that was 99% blocked, avoiding the need for bypass.

9) For the diamond ring I wear to signify that I am married. Papa Bear had it made for me from a narrow band of marquis diamonds that I already had and loved, adding a custom gold wedding band designed to interlock with the original band, and forever binding the two together with small leaves taken from a ring that was my mothers. To me it signifies the old and the new, all the things that have come together in my life to make me who I am today, first and foremost being the wife of Papa Bear.  No one else has a wedding ring like this, it is simple, yet beautiful.  I love how diamonds sparkle in the sunlight!

10) For all my dog-loving friends, and especially my beloved niece who is active in dog rescue.  While I am not so much a dog person, I think they are beautiful, wise and kind, and provide their caretakers with devoted companionship.  If I was a stay-at-home person, I might have one too!

 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

26 comments:

  1. I love how you do this. Really well done.

    My hubby calls me darlin too. I like that.

    Have a terrific day filled with gratitude. ☺

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    1. Thank you Sandy. It's a simple format, doesn't require fancy writing, anyone can DO IT! :-) I love Darlin' too, it was not as common in the Midwest where I grew up. The only time I am called by my given name is at work, I much prefer the name I use here, because this is the real me. :-)

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  2. I'm so glad you do this. Not only do I love getting to know more about you but it causes me to pause and reflect on my own blessings. Thank you!

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    1. I would have to say that this theme was Divinely inspired, Judy. I wasn't going to do A-Z this year, this came to me at the last moment and I thought it would be a good Direction to take, and a nice break from my regular brooding blogging. :-)

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  3. I was just going to post the very thing that Judy posted. Reading about your blessings has got me thinking more about my own. I'm very grateful. ☺

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    1. That's the kind of trickle down theory I love, Dana! Thank you for faithfully stopping by each day! :-)

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  4. I think it is wonderful to take time to reflect on your blessings and the positives in your life. Even the things that are Difficult can teach us, and become of value to us. These are all great blessings. I agree, attitude is everything.

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    1. That's a good point, McGuffy Ann... a true blessing is when you can learn to put the events of your past into perspective and find the good that has come out of them, even if it was anything but good at the time. We are both much stronger women because of our past experiences, and better able to empathize with others!

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  5. After reading your posts, it puts things into perspective for me as well. When you think of all we have to be grateful for, the problems seem so small. When we get to "R", please post a picture of your special ring....it sounds absolutely wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Val, it's proving to be a really good spiritual exercise for me as well. I am so quick to find things to be displeased about, and this is making me work harder to see life from the other direction. I do love my ring, it is not fancy or big bling, it is simple but meaningful, and a good reflection of me.

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  6. I'm thoroughly enjoying this alphabet. I love how you are doing this!

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    1. Thank you, Alice! With all the positive response I am getting, it just occurred to me that I should start asking commenters for their additions each day. I will start that with "E"! I know there's many more things that won't occur to me until someone else brings it up!

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  7. Your theme for A-Z is wonderful. Very thought provoking.

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    1. Thank you Patricia, I'm enjoying it so much! As I finish each up each post I realize that I am smiling... I've just listed ten good reasons to smile!

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  8. I think I'm going to start playing a game, where I unfocus my eyes and scan your post for bolded words first, just to see which ones pop out at me. Today I got "doctors diagnosed donuts," which probably says something about my subconscious.

    In seriousness, though, I love this daily collage of thankfulness you do - it's a wonderful way to remind me of those same important things, and a wonderful glimpse into your life too! Keep at it!

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    1. Too funny Tex... that could well be a diagnosis my doctor would give me.. too many donuts! :-) I'm glad you're enjoying these posts, I'm having fun with it.

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  9. Simple, Heartfelt and very touching, that's how I describe your blog. Your writing keeps reminding me how lucky I am, and how I should treasure the small things in life. :)

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    1. Thank you very much! I am pretty much a "what you see is what you get" person, just ordinary, everyday, and very content with that. I have learned over the years that it is the little things we treasure most.

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  10. I loved every one of these Delights. (OK, the donuts have to be cakey inside or I won't eat them but otherwise...!)

    So many nice mentions of both your father and "Papa Bear" in here. So much love in your life, Josie. You are blessed, and so are they!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting recently. Love, Amy

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    1. I like cake donuts too, Amy, even perfectly plain ones! My grandmother used to make lemon flavored drop donuts (like donut holes) and to think of them makes my mouth water!

      There are not enough words to say how I feel about Papa Bear, the kind of man he is, or how much I treasure him! God really did save the very best man for last in my life!

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  11. And the diversity of the blogs in this challenge. It is giving me the opportunity to read posts that I wouldn't normally.

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    1. I so agree Sharon, I've discovered a few new great ones! It's always fun to find new friends and fresh perspectives. The diversity of the A-Z bloggers and blogs is incredible, everyone is sure to find something they'll enjoy!

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  12. I like your attitude of gratitude! You are a very special person. (I would like to see your ring...it sounds so unusual!)

    Have a "Delightful Day!"

    Love, Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda! This is proving to be a wonderful writing project for me, it's really a great way to refocus on the good things we have in our lives! I'm delighted that you readers are enjoying it along with me! Thanks for Dropping by! :-)

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  13. you do a great job of describing your choice of words...I would not be able to do this but I admire reading yours.

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    1. I initially planned to just list the words or phrases, GS, but then thought - why not explain a bit more about why these things are important to me. In the end it will be a pretty good picture of who I am and what I am all about! Well, except I forgot to include "for being crazy" with the "C" post, and indeed I am thankful for that bit of "uniqueness" in me! :-)

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