This was difficult at first, but now I see so much more clearly. Being positive seemed difficult in a world where corruption is at every turn...our food and water supply is poisoned. Our oceans, seas, lakes, ponds, and streams are polluted. Our educational system is lacking what I personally feel is important - like recess, less testing, etc. Our corporations are greedy at the cost of their employees and customers. Climate change, global warming ... whatever you want to call it, Mother Nature is fighting back. Take a look at what Australia is dealing with today ... fires out of control. It's happened all around the world, including California.
I could go on and on, but the sun is shining and I will do the best I can do ... now and in the future, whatever it holds.
I am positive that I can make a difference ... maybe just in my corner of the world, but I will make a difference.
Today's is my grandson, Matthew's, thirteenth birthday. He's my third birlogical grandchild who has become a teenager! And, he's the fifth if you count my step-grandchildren. And, they count!
Grandchildren bring a special joy. It's amusing to see part of me come out of them. I have one grandson who is more like me every day! We have the same cowlicks, the same distaste for peas, and the same passion for tennis.
Matthew is more like his mother, my daughter-in-law, but one of these days I will see a twinkle of me in his eyes!
Oops. To stay true to my plans, I will NOT be negative about neglecting to do an entry for the last two days. On the positive side, I got to reflect on what was positive on those two days.
Woohoo, it's Friday! While I love every day of the week for different reasons, today a dear friend is taking me to lunch for my birthday. We both look forward to our annual lunch! And, she pays! Score!
I could whine about having to go to work, but after such a lovely day on Jan. 1 - doing exactly what we wanted to do for our anniversary - I am looking forward to going to work. It's a busy time and I always look forward to organizing for a new year!
It's our 21st anniversary. A milestone for me being Tom is my third husband. I am grateful for him in my life. He makes me better.
Back to work. I love what I do and enjoy going to work. Part-time is lovely and actually being able to work with minimal expectations. It's all up to me. Everyone should be able to work like I do. I am extremely lucky!
I needed stamps today and Tom and Aidan went to the post office to get them ... how wonderful I didn't have to go! I'm glad Aidan is 15 and has his driver permit and loves to chauffer us around! Anyway, when I returned home from work, I saw the stamps on my desk. I love that I still use my father's stamp roll holder ... brass ... old ... Dad's. Score!
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday are behind us now. Whew! Exhausted. A quiet day filled with wonderfully corny Hallmark Christmas movies, homemade split pea soup with ham and an early bedtime. Perfect.
I am seventy years young today and this as my personal journey toward being grateful. Things these days irritate me but I don't want to focus on those irritations. It's exhausting. Beginning right now, I intend to do a blog post for one full year (and maybe beyond) about something for which I am grateful each day.