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Thankful Thoughts - February 1st

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

1) This week was another endurance test at work and I was thinking that doing TToT would be a challenge, but then a few things made me smile and put me in a much better frame of mind.  So, top of my list this week is... I am thankful for smiles... those of others, and things that generate my own! Nothing brightens up a day more than someone intentionally smiling at you, be it a friend, a baby at a table next to you in a restaurant, or someone you encounter during the day. It's such an easy thing to share with others, and it can be such an attitude adjustment!

2) I am thankful for my children, who see me much larger than life and more wonderful than I could really ever be.  It feels so good when one of the other expresses appreciation for something I've done for them in the past, and I realize how important it is as parents that we make that time for them. Those moments, no matter how small, count big in their hearts!

3) My friend Gail At The Farm did a Two Shoes Tuesday post this week in which she expressed gratitude for indoor plumbing.  I told her I'd definitely have to steal that for TToT because it is so true. When I was young I have several friends who lived in the country and still had outhouses. While they are quaint, they are also mighty chilly on a cold winter night!  I do not make a good tent camper, because I love the comfort and convenience of my bathroom at home.. shower, potty and all!

4) I am thankful for Words with Friends!  I have several games ongoing with friends and love the mental challenge, especially ones where we are fairly evenly matched.   It doesn't matter who wins or loses, we just start another game.  I found out my little sister also likes to play and we've been enjoying some good games this week while exchanging little notes, it's been healing for our relationship.  If you like to play, email me for my ID, one can never have too many games going! :-)

5) I am delighted and so very excited about plans for a roadtrip coming up in May.  We'll be headed to Memphis for the graduation of John's grandson, and then my kids are coming there from Nashville to spend a couple days with us there.  I love roadtrips with Papa Bear - we relax, laugh, and have plenty of time to visit and enjoy the scenery.  Win-win-win! Thank you God!!

6) I am thankful that my daughter trusts me and feels that she can share the ups and downs of her life with me. I am glad she turns to me for encouragement and support.  I didn't have that kind of relationship with my parents, and it means so much to me that my daughter and I have become so very close after some pretty tough high-school years.

7) I am thankful for Hershey's Cherry Cordial Crème Kisses!!  They are wonderful!  They taste a lot like the chocolate covered cherries my father loved so much, and I wish he were alive so I could send him a bag.  I've been keeping some in a candy dish on my desk for coworkers and visitors and they rate a thumbs-up every time!

8) I am thankful that I am slowly learning to move away from my all-or-nothing mentality... If I can't do it all, or do it perfectly, then I won't try... If I can't make the whole place shiny clean today, I won't do any of it... If I can't walk three miles, I won't even try... etc.  When I feel overwhelmed by what I can't accomplish I often freeze up and find it almost impossible to get started on something. I want to adopt the "do it for 15 minutes" mentality that says every step in the right direction leads somewhere.

9) I am thankful for the courage to speak up when I am uncomfortable about doing things that I know are wrong.  Yesterday in our weekly office meeting I found the right words to say that I don't like telling clients on the phone things that are not exactly true... not lies, but things like "He'll says that he will call you back tomorrow" when I know in good conscience that he probably won't.  It was a touchy subject to bring up, but integrity is important to me, and Being honest is always the best way!

10) I am thankful for bright colors, they never fail to cheer me up!  I love bright clothes, bright artwork, bright flowers, anything and everything that bears evidence to the wonderful paint palette God gave us to create things of beauty with.  Searching for a new header for my Facebook page today, I found this wonderful artwork aptly entitled Rainbow Colors.  I love the waterfall effect the artist has created, the movement makes my spirit want to swirl and flow and dance in the wind!
Happily closing the door on January... today begins a new month and soon a new year for me, and I'm ready to begin again! Let's make February a month of love and lightened hearts... and don't forget to share your smile!
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18 comments:

  1. Great. List and that it happened despite a tough week at work. I love wed and also bright colors. I think that's why im a Kandinsky fan!

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    1. What is wed? WEEKENDS....EEK!

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    2. oh my goodness my spellcheck hates me! Its supposed to say I love words with friends!

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    3. You had me laughing so hard with this Zoe, it happens to me all the time, especially when I use voice texting! I think I found you on WWF and just sent you a game! I agree about Kandinsky paintings, they are alive with vibrant color, so fun to look at, you just have to smile!

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    4. hey I don't think I recd the game... I am 'skips ma' on WWF.

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  2. The road trip sounds fun, Josie! I love th picture, so powerful! I should get a copy for our office :-) I know what you mean with no. 9. We do sometimes tell callers that the person they want to talk to is not in the office if that person is quite busy right now. I don't think it's wrong if we know that the caller is not someone who would take "later" for an answer. But I respect your opinion on that. Have a great weekend, Josie!

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    1. The road trip will be wonderful, Stephanie. I love to get out on the open road with Papa Bear!

      I don't have a problem telling a caller or visitor that our attys are not available at the moment. Most often we can help them and if they prefer to wait we can obtain answers for them. My issue comes when I give a specific time frame "such as tomorrow" when I know that something is highly unlikely to happen tomorrow. I would much rather leave it more open, I think it's more honest that way. Otherwise you get people's hopes up unfairly, and over time they learn not to believe what you say, and question whether or not I am actually relaying their messages.

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  3. Those colors are inspiring! Also, i agree with you about the indoor plumbing. While i can tolerate primitive digs for a short time, i'm always happy to get back to living like a "civilized person."

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    1. It is a beautiful use of color, isn't it Mimi?! I am not much for primitive living, I love the outdoors but I like my creature comforts... and of course wifi (pathetically addicted, I know)! :-)

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  4. I'm glad you have such a great relationship with your daughter. That's really precious and I'm glad you value it as much as you do. I'm sure it will help her hugely.

    I no longer play WWF because it wigged out on my computer and just would NOT work properly. But I've invited you to Scrabble, because like you, I can never have enough games going.

    The rainbow picture is so pretty. I can see why it made your heart dance.

    And it's a really big, important Thankful to be able to step away from an all-or-nothing approach. It sounds exhausting to hold yourself to such high standards, or to deny yourself even the opportunity of participating in some of it. I've never been like that, because I always expect not to do very well, but to just do my best, do a BIT, and then at least that bit has been done and achieved.

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  5. Ahhh, #9. I am impressed with you. That's an awful hard thing to do, and I hope it went over well.
    I'm not so much a WWF person because I hate to strategize, but I love word games so my fav is Ruzzle. Have you ever played it?

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  6. I'd love to play WWF with you and I can be found on Facebook under my name just as it is listed here. Oh how I can relate to #9. Makes me happy that I no longer work in an office and no longer have to tell wee fibs.

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  7. OK, I LOVE Words with Friends. Already e-mailed you with my username. Woo-hoo!
    #6 is fantastic and wonderful - so far, my five year old Kidzilla will tell anything and everything to me. I pray every day that this continues throughout her life. I have a great relationship with my Mom and she did with her Mom - hope it keeps on going for us!
    #8 Josie, this is so the way I see the world. I am really working on that. It's been a major source of frustration for me all my life and I am trying to learn that it doesn't have to be that way. I have started the fifteen minutes a day thing with January and my One Word goals and it's been terrific. I can't tell you how it's beginning to change my thinking already. And I am amazed every single day at just how much CAN be accomplished in fifteen minutes. Go for it!
    Sorry you had some tough moments this week - hope the one ahead is better and wonderful!

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  8. Used to have the all or nothing mentality too and it took some time to move away from it as well. Glad it's getting better for you!! And it sounds like it has been quite a good week!! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  9. Three cheers for indoor plumbing!
    I haven't played Words with Friends in a long time but it was fun when I did. Now I'm a little stuck on Candy Crush. Shame, isn't if?
    It's so great to hear that you and your daughter have such a wonderful relationship. I can relate to not having that with my mother when I was younger but after many years of turmoil, we are closer now. My wish has always been to be close to my daughters. I don't want them to know what it feels like not to have that bond.
    Good for you for speaking up for yourself! I know I haven't always been comfortable doing that but in the past several years have gotten much better at it. It saves a lot of misery.

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  10. #8 and #10 - Always love your lists but these two resonate right now! Trying to make changes in my life and this idea of 'do it for 15 minutes' or at least just START sure is helpful in combating the defeatest mentality of giving up before I start. Good for you!

    As for the color thing - I am more and more finding myself drawn to the vivid, the colorful, the bright and clashy but beautiful just the same. Just yesterday, I brought home this wall hanging thing, nearly as tall as I am, of woven fabric. I don't know that Hubs was all that keen on it, but I just love it. Doesn't hurt that it was drastically marked down. I am just ready to surround myself with color and festivity. :)

    Happy weekend to you!

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  11. roadtrip? always a thing to be grateful for! I may not get in my yearly trips this year, but I do love the idea of them and will try to get one in later in the year.

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  12. Oh how I love a road trip. Sounds like you and Papa Bear travel a lot like my husband and I do...with lots of laughing. I'm happy you get to do such a thing and get to see your children.
    Listen to Lisa! I have been doing the 15 minutes a day decluttering along with her. It is amazing how much can get done in 15 minutes.
    Good for you, speaking up at work. It only makes people frustrated to be told something then don't get the results they expected. Really, what you were suggesting was best for everyone in the long run.
    That rainbow artwork is mesmerizing. Gorgeous.

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)