Gratitude Over 50s Lifestyle The Gratitude Series

Blogging Grandmothers Talk Gratitude

November 23, 2017
Taking stock

November at Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond has been all about Gratitude and Thankfulness.  I’ve been very fortunate to have guest writers such as Terri Webster-Schrandt from Second Wind Leisure, Cathy Lawdanski from My Side of 50 and Denyse Whelan from Denyse Whelan Blogs contribute with their thoughts on Gratitude.  If you missed their posts you can catch up on them HERE.

Today I would love to introduce you to some fabulous Blogging Grandmothers who I co-host Blogging Grandmothers Link Party with each month.  I asked each of them to provide a few paragraphs on what they are grateful for.  When I do these round ups I’m always pleased to see different view points but also some similar underlying thoughts as well.

I do hope you enjoy reading their thoughts and then checking out their websites.  If you are a Blogger who is also a Grandmother we would love you to join our monthly Blogging Grandmothers Link Party and you can also join Grammy Dee’s Blogging Grandmothers Facebook Page.

Grammy Dee – Grammy’s Grid

I am a grandmother blogging about things to amuse, inform, inspire, and make you laugh! I truly believe that laughter is the best medicine!

I am thankful and grateful for my family and feel very blessed that they are mine. I’m married to the love of my life and I am the mother of 2 wonderful children as well as the grandmother of 2 precious grandbabies. My husband has taken excellent care of me since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

My grandbabies are the joy in my world. No matter how bad I’m feeling, they can always put a smile on their Grammy’s face. They are the reason I am able to experience a love like no other, a love that I didn’t even know was possible.

I am also thankful for the bloggers I have “met” online from all over the world. There are several that I highly value their friendship, and Sue is one of them!

Christie Hawkes – So what? Now What?

Blogging Grandmothers Gratitude

When I think about what I am grateful for, the first thing that comes to mind is family and friends—followed closely by good health, full cupboards, a comfortable home, and a job I love. Of course, I must acknowledge the many people that serve and protect—firefighters, police officers, military, teachers, doctors, and nurses.

Beyond that, I am thankful for freedom, for beauty, for the ability to learn and grow.

I could rattle off a long list of similar things for which I am deeply grateful; but as I sit down to write this Thanksgiving post, I find my thoughts going a different direction.

Today, I am profoundly thankful for a difficult, but priceless lesson from this past year: the value of being present in this moment and accepting each experience for what it is, rather than longing for some version of perfection or cursing some perceived suffering or injustice. In order to more eloquently express what I am trying to say, I borrow the words of people much wiser than I:

“To observe what is, the mind must be free of all comparison of the ideal, of the opposite. Then you will see what actually is is far more important than what should be.”

~J. Krishnamurti

“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.

~Victoria Moran

I wish you peace this holiday season and an appreciation for each moment with its infinite possibility.

Teresa Solem – Aging Like a Fine Wine

 

I have so many things in my life to be grateful for.  I should never complain or feel sorry for myself, but sometimes I do.  I guess that means I am just human!

  • I am so grateful that God loves me even though I’m pretty unlovable at times.
  • I am so grateful that I live in a country with the freedoms that we have in America.
  • I am so grateful for my wonderful husband who after 34 year I am more in love with than the day I married him.
  • I am so grateful for my daughter and my two sons.  They are a constant joy in my life.
  • I am so grateful for all of my precious grandchildren.  They light up my life in ways I could never have imagined!
  • I am grateful that I have a warm home to live in, a car to drive, clothes to wear and food to eat. I am so grateful for my husband’s job and for mine.  I am so grateful for our physical and mental health.
  • I could go on and on but I’ll stop here; I don’t want to bore you.  Though I have so many things to be grateful for, I sometimes forget those things.

As my mom used to say “it’s okay if you get on your pity pot as long as you get back off”. 

So I always pick myself up, dust myself off and ask forgiveness for my ungratefulness.  I choose to live a life of gratefulness!

Lori Hill – Love My Big Happy Family

I post an annual Thankful List, making a few minor tweeks each year.  The following is a condensed version.  I hope it inspires others to count their blessings as well.  Everyone has blessings, and though they are as varied as the individuals, by counting our blessings (not comparing them) we’ll be reminded of the joy they bring us every day!

I’m thankful for:

  • My family, immediate and extended, most especially my children, grandchildren and my three sisters.
  • Health, that of my loved ones and my own.
  • Provision for my needs – my job, my home and my car.
  • Knowledge, education and intellect.
  • My Country, The Great Outdoors and Nature.
  • Love & Compassion.
  • The Arts, Literature, Music, Color & Beauty and their ability to stir and move my soul.
  • Science and Technology, though it boggles my mind, it shows me how much more there is to learn and know about our world.
  • History, Humanity & all those that came before us and our time and paved the way for those of us living in the world today.
  • The Undeniably Purposeful and Intelligent Design of Our World and the Spiritual Awareness that allows me to be thankful for all of these things and oh so, so many more!!

 

What a wonderful selection of thoughts and reading what these ladies have written has made me stop and think.  I was nodding with each of the points they made.  We certainly have much to be grateful for.

 

Let’s Keep Sizzling!

 

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 23, 2017 at 13:13

    All beautiful, gratitude-inspiring thoughts. We have much to be grateful for, including our blogger friends. Thanks for the chance to contribute, Sue. ❤️

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 23, 2017 at 17:33

      I hope you will be a guest again Christie! thank you. xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid November 23, 2017 at 21:14

    What a great post, loved reading everyone’s thoughts. Thank you Sue for including me! I’ve shared your post on social media.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 24, 2017 at 12:52

      Thanks so much Dee, it was lovely having you as a guest. x

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 24, 2017 at 19:42

    I love these type of posts – it’s such a reminder of how blessed we are at this age and stage isn’t it Sue. Lovely to see the Blogging G’Mothers sharing the love today xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 25, 2017 at 16:33

      Yes sometimes it is good to gather a few bloggers together to get their insights. Glad you enjoyed reading their thoughts. xx

  • Reply Donna November 25, 2017 at 01:56

    Thanks, Sue – I loved reading about the Gratitude of some of my favourite bloggers. Very inspiring! We do have so much to be thankful for!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 25, 2017 at 16:36

      Hi Donna, it is nice to read what others think and how they feel isn’t it? That is why your Sunday Series is so popular. Have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Natalie A November 25, 2017 at 03:37

    You are ALL AMAZING woman! Thank you for the spotlight on these amazing grandmothers! It is always nice to read what others are grateful for!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 25, 2017 at 16:38

      Thanks Natalie I’m so pleased you enjoyed reading what these lovely ladies had to say. x

  • Reply Debbie-Dabble November 26, 2017 at 08:50

    What a lovely post!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2017 at 09:03

      Thanks Debbie and I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. Have a fabulous week and I hope you are going to link up with us at #overthemoon which is now live. x

  • Reply Teresa November 27, 2017 at 09:10

    Hi Sue, thank you so much for including me in this group! It always gives me a boost to read uplifting posts like this. I pinned to my Blogging Grandmothers board and shared on social media!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2017 at 11:33

      My pleasure Teresa and I hope you will be a guest next year as well. Thank you for participating and sharing on social media. Have a fabulous week! xx

  • Reply Debbie November 27, 2017 at 10:07

    What a lovely positive post Sue! We all need to stop and think about what we’re thankful for. A great post full of wisdom from a great bunch of bloggers. Thanks for sharing with us at the Blogger’s Pit Stop – Debbie from Deb’s World

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 27, 2017 at 11:34

      Thanks Debbie, it is always helpful to hear others’ thoughts and I always learn or reflect on something new. xx

  • Reply Lori Hill November 29, 2017 at 16:16

    I love this post Sue! So many words of wisdom from truly admirable Women.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 30, 2017 at 05:39

      And you are one of them, Lori. have a beautiful day xx

  • Reply Michele December 5, 2017 at 12:35

    There is so much to be grateful for! I hope to be a grandmother one day- both daughters are engaged so there is hope!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2017 at 09:44

      Oh it is such a wonderful relationship Michele. I didn’t realise how much a grandchild could change my life, but my grandson is a constant source of joy. x

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