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Thankful Thoughts - November 8th

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 thankful beyond measure for the amazing gift of being able to meet people from all over the world, share our thoughts through blogging, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. What we discover is that we are all far more alike than we are different... peace begins with understanding!

2) I am thankful for our cozy little house out in the weed patch of West Texas. It isn't big, fancy, or shiny new, but it's ours and it's paid for, and most importantly, it is the only house I've ever lived in that truly feels like home - love abides here, along with peace, grace, and joy!

3) Despite the fact that I sometimes grumble about it, I am very thankful that I am able to work and have a job that meets my needs. Everyday I deal with people who would give anything to be healthy and well enough to find a job and keep one. I know that I am blessed. I can use my job position to make a difference in other people's lives, even if it is just to treat them with kindness and respect.

4) I am thankful for the understanding that attitude is everything!  Often we can't change what is happening in our lives, but we can always change how we decide to deal with it.  Maintaining a positive attitude makes a difference!  I am grateful that there are always blessings to be found in every situation if I look hard enough.

5) I am thankful for the twenty mile drive to and from work each day.  Most of it is outside of the city and gives me time to reflect.   On the way to work I can psych myself up for the day, and on the way home I can relax and unwind. In the summer I get to witness beautiful sunrises, and in the winter I see amazing sunsets. It's a great way to begin/end the day!

6) I am thankful for people who live their lives with integrity. It is so refreshing to know  people who won't compromise their beliefs of right and wrong, whether it's regarding large issues or a small ones. I love people who can be trusted to walk their talk and who don't make promises they have no serious intent to honor.

7) I am so very thankful for the kindness and compassion in my children's hearts. They are such a blessing to me!  I couldn't be more proud of the kind of people they have grown up to be.

8) I am thankful for the sweet face of my kitty Sophie in the window, watching and waiting for me every day when I come home, then running to the door with Tiggy and Gracie to greet me. It is nice to feel missed and loved!

9) I thankful for all of you!  October was the third highest view count in the entire history of my blog. I am humbled by the fact that people stop by to read my ramblings, sometimes leaving a comment, and occasionally are bored brave enough to return again another day! :-)

10) I am thankful that I can read!!! All the amazing books, blogs, emails and letters would mean nothing if I didn't know how to read them or wasn't permitted to do so.  This is a blessing most of us take for granted, and we forget that there were and still are times and places in the world where such privileges are forbidden. Perhaps the freedom to read and write whatever we choose is the greatest freedom of all!
 
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32 comments:

  1. I have no doubt you are a big reason for your kids' hearts. You are a great example for us all.

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    1. Thank you Christine, but no, my life is an example of what not to do, a "slow learner's" experience. Still, I did and do love my kids immensely and that's the most important thing.

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  2. Kindness and compassion is quite a rare quality these days, and kudos to you for bringing it out in your kids! An amazing mum!

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    1. It does seem kind of rare at times, Michelle, but I like to believe we all start out with it, unless something happens that causes too much hurt or damage and then it hides or goes away.

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  3. I mentioned books and reading in my TToT post today too! =D

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  4. Eeeeek I hadn't even really THOUGHT about how awful it would be not to have the freedom to read and write as I choose! That is a blessing indeed!

    I love how you're so determined and optimistic that you truly can find a way to see a blessing in every situation - your attitude is inspiring and I'm so glad that I've met you, and that you're happy to share that wonderfulness in great dollops of goodness.

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    1. I think that's true of so many things in our lives, Lizzi, we take then for granted, never stopping to think that there are others who don't have even the most basic things... food, clothing, shelter, and above all... freedom!

      Believe me I am not always positive and optimistic, I am just more aware of those times now and I work hard to redirect my thinking because I know that negative thoughts attract more of them until we find ourselves in dark hole, while positive thoughts attract the light!

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  5. totally with you on Item #1! The difference this blogosphere (and the supporting technology) makes is almost impossible to under estimate. Besides the fact that I can come into contact with (like-minded and maybe not like-minded people) the *immediacy* of this contact, and, from that the sense of community that can spring up...way, way too cool!

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    1. Agreed, agreed, agreed, Clark! It has made all the difference in my life! At times the real friends I've met here have been instrumental in keeping me alive.

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  6. Being able to contact people outside of our own little space is amazing as it the right to communicate through speaking the way we wish and reading what we want to read... I grew to appreciate this when my partner who lived here in exile told me about three years he spent in prison for teaching his native language and English. We are very lucky to have such reasons for gratitude.

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    1. Yes, Zoe, I know that you have a deep understanding of what it means to live where freedom and even life itself can be stolen from you. It brings home what precious gifts these are.

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  7. First let me just say what a phenomenal list this is! It is so full of light and I feel happier having had the pleasure of reading it. So, thank you!
    I started blogging for a single reason and it has become something so much different. I came into it blindly and had no idea the people I would meet, the conversations I would get the pleasure of having and the connections that would be made. It has opened up the world and I treasure it.
    Which definitely feeds into being able to read and write freely. What a blessing! I have always loved to read and have always wanted to write and now I do both, every single day. It is no doubt an amazing privilege.

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    1. Wow, thanks Sandy! I think we all started blogging for reasons that have not so much to do with what it has become for us. Yes, a world of connections, understanding and real friends - a place where we can share our thoughts, our joys, our fears, and creative endeavors. I have fallen even more in love with writing, and the incredible blessing of being able to share my words!

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  8. Home has less to do with anything tangible and more to do with the feeling inside. Yours sounds lovely!

    I love the Dr. Suess quotation. Reading opens doors.

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    1. So very true Kristi, I live in a house that love made, and that's the very, very best kind!

      "Dr. Suess" was such a wise man, and he has delighted generations with his tales!

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  9. Wow...I cannot believe that I should be so thankful that I can read. How much would I miss out on without that capability?!? Thanks for that great reminder...for that as well as everything else you included. You always have such beautiful lists!

    Have a terrific week-end!

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    1. Thank you Mrs. Always Random! Yes, what if we never learned to read, or weren't allowed to read? How hard that life would be, and how much of the world we would have missed out on!

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    1. Yes, Sarah, it is! Integrity means everything to me, a person who will cheat or lie in small ways will do it in larger ways too when the opportunity presents itself. One either has integrity or doesn't, there is no gray area here. My husband is a person like this, so is my friend Annie, and I'm slowing discovering that there are more, thank God! At one time in my life I didn't believe there were any to be found.

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  11. Reading is such a fantastic and simple thing to stop and be grateful for. Love the beauty of your words.

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    1. Every now and then something strikes me with a new awareness, Rebecca, it isn't always the really big things or events that impact our life the most, it is the dozens of little things, that are so important, and have made all the difference.

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  12. I've seen your comments on other blogs, Josie, but this is my first time here. What a wonderful list! I hear you on the blogging thing. I would never in a million years have guessed I'd start a blog and I don't know if I really know why I did. But it has been quite fun and I have absolutely been loving all the wonderful people I get to "meet" through it.

    I'll be back to read again! :)

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    1. Hi Lisa! Welcome to my blog! Once I get started on a list they come easy. I guess it's kind of like getting in the "thankful zone". :-) Blogging truly is an amazing experience, isn't it?

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  13. love your list, and you're a woman after my own heart with all your sweet kitties!!!!

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    1. I like to dream that life could be this way, but in reality 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!

      The furkids are the joy of our lives, they are so affectionate, always wanting to be with us, and do such funny things to make us laugh!

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  14. I agree. On all of your list -- especially that last one. Thank goodness for reading. It is such a salvation some days.

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    1. An amazing little thing that we take so for granted! My life has been enriched by books since I was old enough to hold one and turn the pages! I have learned so much, travelled to faraway places, and yes, found comfort and a place to hide away a bit at times when I needed that space to breathe! I have a hard time understanding people who don't like to read. My thought is that they have just not yet discovered how fun it can be! :-)

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  15. Thank you so much for this list, Josie! I, too, am so thankful to be able to read. It's been my passion, it was my way to survive so many times. Thank you for the reminder that reading is still a priviledge so many people never have.

    And indeed, having kind, tender-hearted children is the best thing in the world for parents. I am thankful for that myself every single day..

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Stephanie! I agree, that often in books we find wisdom, solace, and sometimes a very necessary mind break from our lives. Not only are we privileged to be able to read, and to be permitted to read, but today to have access to almost any kind of book we can imagine via the magic of the Internet!

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  16. Josie, you always have the BEST lists! What a wise woman you are!

    My commute to work is 1 mile. It takes me about 3 minutes....

    I'm not in the least surprised that you have kind and compassionate children. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    I love being greeted by my kitties!

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    1. Wisdom comes from making all the wrong choices for lots of years, Dyanne! I finally got tired of pounding my head on the wall and decided that there might be better way! :-)) How I envy your quick drive to and from work! I once lived that close for about a year, along with giving me more time for sleep, what I loved was being able to go home for lunch each day... although sometimes I really didn't want to go back! :-)

      Furry greeters are the best, there is never any doubt about how happy they are to see you! :-)

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