Appreciating the Little Things

I’ve been part of the planning of three sporting events in five weeks, so I’m a bit worn out. But, of course, life continues, and there’s the matter of living, working, and keeping up with writing.

In recent weeks, I’ve heard of acquaintances who are sick and in hospital and sadly, some who have passed. All that has reminded me that every day above ground is a good day and there’s so much to be thankful for.


I’m still in my right mind (I think).

I’m plotting and writing stories.

We’re experiencing a drought here on the island, but the evening breezes are still lovely.

The bougainvillea (some of my favourite flowers) are in bloom everywhere.

I know I should bask in each day, but I’m looking forward to the weekend.

Here’s hoping you are enjoying and making the most of your days. I’m sharing a lovely hibiscus bloom. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Also, since life isn’t ever perfect, I thought I’d share a story about a young lady seeking perfection. Of course, nothing in life is perfect so Natasha has some lessons to learn on the road to love. Find out more about perfection here – amzn.to/1BWWR6G

New Adult Romance

Lessons From Hanging On & Letting Go

Photo by Kai Pilger: https://www.pexels.com/photo/assorted-clothes-996329/

I tend to be a packrat, but lately, life has taught me that I need to let go to make room for new things. In recent times, I received the gift of a new wardrobe. It was unexpected but received with gratitude. The challenging part has been what to give away to make room for this blessing.

There are so many pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for years but have only worn once or twice. I’m sure these would have been of benefit to others if I had made the time to de-clutter, but it’s never too late, so this has been an ongoing process.

I’ve taken away the following from this experience:

  1. Don’t block other people’s blessings. If a gift is offered, accept it in the spirit in which it is given.
  2. Don’t be overwhelmed by the process of de-cluttering. Do it as time allows.
  3. Don’t hang on to stuff that’s not needed. If someone else can use it, part with the item.
  4. Appreciate the additional space that’s created in the home or environment.
  5. Be thankful that other people will be blessed by the overflow from your life.

What tips do you have for creating space or being a blessing? Do share.

Let me also invite you to take a peek at Sold!

Feechi has her hands full with working and balancing life as a single mother. Her son becomes obsessed with owning a dog they can’t afford. When Carsten sweeps into their life, will she make room in her heart for his generosity? Find out in Sold! amzn.to/3QrzvAW

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Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving

The Oxford dictionary teaches us that gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

But gratitude is much more than that. Gratitude is a state of mind that we need to cultivate every day, an exercise that is essential to our mental and spiritual health. And it’s essential to our degree of happiness.

When we tend to complain that we don’t have enough money to buy a bigger house, to go on more holidays, to buy a more expensive car, we always need to remember how little others have. And even when it seems we have too little, we need to remember the good things that we have in our life, the things that really matter.

There is always something to be thankful for. Maybe you have a roof over your head, some food that you put on the table, a good relationship with your loved ones. Hopefully you have your health, which many times we take for granted, until we lose it, or a loved one does. Maybe you have a quiet nook where you can hide and read your favorite books, or recharge for an hour a day. Maybe you have a job that you don’t hate. Or children and grandchildren to be proud of.

There is always something to be thankful for. Your next breath is something to be thankful for. The sunlight caressing your skin. The senses that allow you to listen to lovely music, or smell a beautiful flower, or taste your favorite food.

The events that surround us lately, either close-by or in the news, showed us that many things we took for granted can be taken away from us in a heartbeat, sometimes with one person’s decision. It’s not fair, sometimes it’s not something we can control. But we can control our reactions to what’s going on around us and inside of us. We can cultivate gratitude and kindness, toward ourselves and toward others.

There is always something to be thankful for. 

Today I am thankful that, thirty-eight years ago, my soulmate was born.

I am thankful for my readers all over the world, who give me their time, their money, their attention, their emotions.

I am thankful that I will be able to take a hot shower and sleep on clean sheets tonight.

What are YOU thankful for right now?

 

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Thanksgiving is almost here. What are you the most grateful for?

A blogger I follow asked why we show gratitude on Thanksgiving and not the other 364 days of the year.

This made me think. How can we turn Thanksgiving into a year-round celebration?

There are a variety of ways we can make a difference in someone’s life. Anything from donating to a worthwhile charity to knitting scarves for the homeless.

This past week, British Columbia was struck by disaster. We had an ‘atmospheric river’ occurrence, which in essence meant Mother nature turned on the taps and walked out the door. Roads collapsed, homes flooded, cities had to be evacuated, and thousands of animals perished. It will take months, and maybe even years, to recover- if it’s possible at all.

We aren’t the only ones; California faces hellish firestorms, Louisiana flooding, Texas hurricanes- my point is, we need to band together. Help is essential. Without the aid of strangers, many will lose everything.

Climate change is here. It’s a fact. If we want to survive, we need to step up to the plate and help our fellow man.

That’s what Thanksgiving 365 looks like.

I hope you and yours have a safe and thoughtful Thanksgiving. Gratitude is something we earn.