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