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Thankful Thoughts - November 15th

Today I'm participating in Ten Things of Thankful, a blog hop that asks us to "focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for today..." 

I am also participating in "Thirty Days of Thankful" during the month of November, both here and on Facebook.  It's a wonderful way to celebrate an entire month of Thanksgiving... join me!

I will be including my daily thankful notes here each weekend, so feel free to skip over the items you've already read in individual posts on my blog and look for the new ones I've added to this list...

1)  I am sincerely thankful for the mornings that I do not have to rise to the demands of my phone alarm clock.  How sweet it is to wake up when my mind and body feel rested and ready to begin the day!

2) I am thankful for all the precious memories I hold in my heart.  Often someone will write a note or post a picture that reminds me of sweet things from the past... like the quilts my grandmother used to make, or reading to my children when they were small!  Places, people, special events... so many good things that make the darker memories pale in comparison. I could write a book on good memories alone, and I know that I am very blessed!

3) I am thankful for my father, my uncles, my son, and for all those who've ever served our country; for every man, woman and animal who have made the sacrifice to protect us and the freedoms we hold dear.

4) I am thankful for clean water, I drink a lot of water each day. It is another of the many things we tend to take for granted, that we will have pure, safe water to drink and cook with, and as much of it as we want. There are many places in the world where drinking water is scarce or  must be transported long distances,  and the likelihood of it being truly safe is slim.  The next  time you refill your glass or bottle, stop for a moment and realize how blessed you are!

5)  I am thankful that on days and weeks when work and life in general are extremely stressful, I have learned these things tend to cycle and what seems unbearable at the moment will calm down if we give it time and apply liberal doses of prayer and chamomile tea. :-)

6) I am thankful for soft flannel sheets!  I grew up with flannel sheets on the bed during those long South Dakota winters, and nothing feels warmer and nicer on cold winter nights! A few years ago my son gave us a set of really good flannel sheets, the kind that never pill-up when they are washed. They are so soft and cuddly that I really hate to get out of bed in the mornings, and I'm sad when Spring comes and it's time to exchange them for cotton sheets.  It's funny how things that make us smile are often tied up with childhood memories.

7) I am thankful for Facebook... I truly am!  Despite the addictive nature of it and the drama that sometimes occurs there, it is also a wonderful opportunity to stay in touch with people we care about that don't live nearby, to find out what is happening in their lives, to exchange laughter and encouragement and prayers when needed.  How fun it is to reconnect with someone you haven't talked to in a few years or even longer!  I get a lot of teasing about my "cats and quotes" posts, a repeating theme on my page, but it makes me smile to share those things, and there is always that handy "don't show in newsfeed" option for the people that grow weary of it! :-) Facebook is a blessing in my life, I hope it is in yours!

8) I am thankful for people who spay and neuter their pets in a world where there are already so many dogs and cats desperately needing forever homes, and I am thankful for those who those who rescue/foster/adopt animals who need their love and care.  This is surely doing God's work!

9) I am thankful for my heart, not just the figurative one, but the physical one that God created within me. Stop for a moment to think what an amazing "machine" a heart is - it starts beating just six weeks after conception and continues on without stopping many times every minute of every hour of every day for years and years, until the final moment of our lives. That's some incredible design work!

10) I am thankful for the mistakes I've made in my life.  Not only have I learned from them, eventually, but they also show that I am doing something - if you do nothing you never make a mistake!  Additionally, being aware of my mistakes helps to keep me humble and gives me something to strive for,  i.e.  "That wasn't very  well thought out/smart/kind, I don't really want to do that again!"  We need to embrace our mistakes, love ourselves enough to be forgiving, reflect on the lessons learned, and then use that awareness to make better choices in the future. Mistakes aren't a means of keeping score, they are stepping stones to a better, brighter, happier you! :-)

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38 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness who knew I was so smart? Well at least all those mistakes have given me some potential... I agree about our anatomy...some times I think about how we are all such independent machines...how does that work? That we keep going this way... I think gross anatomy and cadaver studies in school ruined me... makes me think to much... The whole list was fab, Josie! Its been a busy week and this sort of thing helps to refocus...

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    1. Thanks Zoe! According to this philosophy I should be wise far beyond my years... alas at nearly 60 I am still just catching up! :-) I am fascinated by anatomy too... we are amazing creations!!

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  2. What an inclusive & insightful list!

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    1. Thanks, Robbie, TToT is always a fun write! :-)

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  3. This was a lovely list. Facebook can be stressful and so full of drama, especially in a town of 400 and 350 are on Facebook. But then when I can see a photo of my best friend and her daughter in Washington State, it makes it worth it. I wish everyone would spay/neuter their pets. We took in a stray about a year ago and she has become like family. She was pregnant at the time we took her in but so starved looking we couldn't tell. Now she is healthy and won't be having any puppies. Flannel blankets sound lovely. It's getting a bit chilly here in VA.

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    1. That's my thought on Facebook too, Donetta, the blessings outweigh the curses and I use a heavy hand in keeping the negativity and foul mouth stuff off my page. I want it to be an uplifting place to visit! We once took in a parking lot stray kitty, in fact she was Tiggy and Gracie's mama! My heart breaks for abandoned cats that are allowed to produce litter after litter, we can all do something about it if we care!

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  4. I love that you included Facebook...yes it does include some drama and a bunch of unnecessary stuff, but it is also great to helping friendships continue/renew/revive, and allows me to reach out to others who have need but I wouldn't otherwise know it!

    Thanks for a lovely, thought-inspiring list! Have a fabulous week-end!

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    1. I so agree with you about Facebook, I have seen prayers requested there, and those prayers answered, time and time again, not to mention all the love, support and encouragement that we can offer! It also gives us the opportunity to stay much closer to the daily lives of family and friends who don't live down the street!

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  5. I love this list, but especially number 8 about spaying your pets. We never know when things get out of control and there are so many strays in need of a home!

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    1. I so agree with you, Michelle, this is what responsible pet owners do! Too many stray critters already needing homes, we don't need to be adding more to that list!

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  6. Great list - some really good thoughts. Love the one about your heart. So true, isn't it? We don't even think about the fact that a particular part of us like our heart works so hard and most of us take it for granted. Incredible design work, indeed!

    The pets thing is all too true. We have three rescue cats here in our house so we know how close they might have come to not having a happy home. They make life just plain entertaining!

    Being thankful for mistakes and hardship is wise. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Our bodies work so amazingly hard for so many years, Lisa, and we don't always take good care of them, I know I should try harder!

      Sophie is a rescue kitty who is the sweetest cat we've ever known! Gracie and Tiggy's mom was a rescue too! :-)

      Everything we have been through has made us who we are, Lisa. We embrace it an we learn from it. I wouldn't want to change who I've become! :-)

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  7. any list that encourages doing the right thing for dogs (and cats) is a very good list.

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    1. Thank you Clark, it's important! I don't understand people who take a casual attitude about neutering and spaying pets that run free!

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  8. I must have looked like a nodding dog while reading your post, Josie - it all rang a clear bell of thankfulness for me - but especially about my cat, who was a rescue kitten, and who I made sure was spayed, inoculated, and chipped. We've always had rescue pets, as they give so much love and devotion back for the home we give them, and it's less chance of a puppy or kitten farmer making money out of yet another poor animal's pain and grief.
    I, too, value Facebook, as it keeps me in touch with all my family who live so far away from me :)
    A lovely list of thankfuls! :)

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    1. Nodding is good Katy, as long as it doesn't mean you are nodding off to sleep! :-) Rescued animals make awesome, devoted pets! Facebook is a blessing for sure, we just have to use it for the good and weed out the negatives!

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  9. How truly beautiful your list is, Josie! From the little things in life, like the flannel sheets over the essential ones that are often overlooked, like the water, to the difficults ones, like the mistakes that have made us who we are today.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Josie!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Stephanie! It really is the little things that matter the very most when it comes to feeling blessed! We are good at beating ourselves up over past mistakes and I think this is a much better way to look at it, we didn't fail, we had a learning experience... or two, or a dozen... but in the process we grew, so it was all good! :-)

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  10. #4 is one that is easy to take for granted. I am better about it since a friend moved to Haiti and works trying to bring clean water to the people there, including hospitals (yes, HOSPITALS).

    I love flannel sheets, but my husband hates them, so I have the electric mattress pad instead. I turn my side on and get it all toasty warm before I go to bed.

    And I'm with Zoe. I must be BRILLIANT with all the mistakes I've made! But every one of them got me to where I am now, and that's a good thing.

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    1. Water flowing from the tap, and the shower, are among the many things we take for granted without a second thought, Dyanne. What I one day clean water didn't instantly appear at our fingertips... scary thought, isn't it? We need to be aware of all we have that others would give anything for!

      My Dad had an electric mattress pad and if we lived in a colder part of the country we would too, as I like to be much more toasty than Papa Bear does! As it is, flannel sheets and a couple quilts keep me comfy since cold nights here rarely drop very far below freezing.

      I'm still waiting for the brilliant part to kick in with me, Dyanne, but I can attest that somewhere along the way, after maybe 50, I began to see the weakness of my decision making and I got a whole lot smarter about my choices... and it's worked out beautifully! I don't learn quickly, but I finally catch on! :-)

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  11. Agreeing, especially about the clean water. We have no idea how good we have it.

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    1. That is so true Mimi, we take water, food, clothing and shelter, even heating and cooling so very much for granted, and none of these are givens. There are people in our country who go without!

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  12. This list warms my heart (the figurative one) as your sheets do your body. What a wonderful list!

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    1. Thank you Sarah, the process of composing these lists warms mine every time, by the time I hit publish I am always smiling!

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  13. A gorgeous, GORGEOUS list. And I love that you're so thankful for water. That's one of those 'grounding' things I have a good old think about every now and again - how precious a commodity it is, and how much I take it for granted.

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    1. Thank you so much Lizzi! I am ever mindful of how much water I drink and how blessed I am to be able to fill bottle after bottle without giving it a second thought... along with showers and washing clothes and dishes!

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  14. Lots of wonderful observations. We do learn so much from our mistakes. Even knowing that, it's hard to watch our children make them. And you are right. So many places in this world don't have clean water. Definitely something I take for granted.

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    1. That is so true, I'd rather suffer thru a hundred miserable experiences than watch my own children suffer from mistakes or misplaced trust. We know they have to learn their own lessons and follow their own paths, but it makes our hearts aches sometimes for sure!

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  15. Ack! I hate when I think I commented, but much later realized I read, then got taken away, and never actually did!
    Good memories are precious, indeed. Especially when they are unexpectedly triggered by a smell or an object or someone else's writing.
    I have finally embraced Facebook as a positive thing. I am very selective with my "friends" to avoid any drama or nastiness. It is just so nice to stay connected with family and friends who live so far away.
    I have often thought about the miracle of a heart. It boggles my mind that one little organ can work non-stop for 90+ years. And yet, it can be broken. My daughter and my mom have both scared me to pieces with their heart issues. All is well now, but thoughts of a heart are never far away.

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    1. That happens to me all the time Christine, I'm glad you stopped back by! Good memories are priceless, we can visit them anytime! :-) That's my thought on FB too, use it for good intent, avoid people who engage in drama, conflict and TMI! Ahh yes, Papa Bear's heart gave us a good scare too, and he now has two stents to show for it. It is equally amazing that they can stop a heart for surgery and then restart it! Listening to his strong heartbeat fills me with comfort, and always an awareness of how fragile life is!

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  16. What a brilliant list, Josie. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful for clean water; that really is something I take for granted way too often. I'm also thankful to all my relatives and to my son's father, who made enormous sacrifices to serve our country. And I'm also learning to be thankful for my mistakes. I'm still on that journey, but I'm getting closer :) In the meantime, I'm loving chamomile tea over her too :)

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    1. Thank you Lizzy! I love to stop and look around and take note of all the things and benefits I live with and rarely consider, that many people have to do without. I think we have mistakes so pounded into us as sign of failure that we are afraid at times to try things for fear we will make more. Just like you, I am still learning to see it differently. Mistakes are critical to our development, and Lord knows they keep us humble! :-) Chamomile tea is perfect for a stressful afternoon at work, I have some almost every day! :-)

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  17. What an excellent list! I, too, sometimes marvel about the amazing bodies we have been given. The heart is truly an incredible thing. Both physically and figuratively. Love the message about spaying and neutering our pets! Too many are euthanized every day and it's awful!!

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    1. Thank you Kristi! Our bodies are just one more thing we take for granted, mistreat, neglect, and abuse, and yet we hope they will serve us well for a lifetime. I deal with clients who have been disabled in one way or another every day, it keeps me mindful of how blessed I am!

      Seeing the beautiful faces of cats and dogs on "death row" breaks my heart, Kristi, and we can all help to prevent more from meeting the same fate!

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  18. This is a great list! We take clean, available water for granted so often don't we? And...yes, I agree 100% with the spay/neuter issue. TOO many unwanted cats and dogs in the world-- so many end in tragic, sad stories. The heart as well as the rest of the body and how God created it all to work together --- I often think about a true marvel it is! He is Great! He is Awesome!

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    1. Thank you Kari! We refill our water bottles from the cooler at work several times a day, Kari, and I still marvel that there is always more when we want it. Imagine being thirsty for even a cup of water that is most likely not even safe to drink?!

      I love reading posts from people who have taken their pets to be spayed/neutered, it means they care, for their pet and about the consequences of having too many unwanted animals.

      Our bodies.. yes, totally amazing! I could do a whole week of posts on just that alone!! Think about the miracle of a baby developing from something so tiny to a perfect little person ready to come into the world!

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  19. What a beautiful, thoughtful list, Josie! So many wonderful, thankful things! I also am amazed at the miracles our bodies are! Also, it is so strange/awesome/cool how certain smells, sounds, or music will trigger memories. Our senses are so connected to our minds and memories. I also am a Facebook lover. So many people I have been able to reconnect with. I try to avoid any drama, but I do love staying in touch!

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  20. That is one incredible and amazing list! First let me say that I, too, am thankful to your father, uncles and your son for serving our country, as well as every single other soldier.
    I cannot comment much on the flannel sheets other than to say that I don't own any but hear they are very nice to have when it's cold. I do absolutely agree on no alarms....I wake automatically at a little after 5 am every morning and when it happens on the weekend and I realize I can go back to sleep, it is a beautiful thing indeed!
    Mistakes, yes. I have made my fair share and all I can say is I am thankful for them, hard as they may have been. Every move I have made in my life brought me to my here and now and it is a good place to be.
    Thank you so much for your inspiring list!

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