"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard
A few of the small and wonderful things which bring untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.
This is a photograph my brother took outside his back door last evening, and more was falling. They are supposed to get a ton of snow in NS today along with high winds, etc. I am so grateful that I live in a country where I don't have to deal with this type of thing every Winter. The rain might be a bit monotonous at times, but at least we don't have to shovel it. I am also grateful that I live in a part of the country that is on higher ground so where I live we don't have to deal with flooding either. We are so blessed.
I am grateful for modern medicine and the ability we have in this day and age to treat just about anything. Todd has to go to Clatterbridge today to the Cancer Hospital and I have to go to Chester City for my yearly Diabetic Eye Screening. Not happy about either one of us going on our own to these things, but it cannot be helped. We will both cope. Praying he can have the procedure done today that he should have had the last time and that his treatment can progress. Praying that my eyes have not changed too much, although I am afraid I have not been as good as I could have/should have been so am a bit concerned about that. I need to do better. I am grateful for the NHS and that I live in a country with free medical care and at my age, free prescriptions. I will never take that for granted. I am blessed.
Grateful that I had a good night's sleep last night, although it did take me a while to fall asleep initially. I will never understand why I will be falling asleep while I watch telly in the evening and yet get into bed and wake up. It doesn't make sense. Nevermind, got there in the end and so did Todd. We both need to be alert today. (On a side note, don't you just love this bedroom? It's so sweet.)
Head and shoulders, knees and toes! Eyes, ears, mouth and nose! Grateful for the flexibility to still be able to touch all of these things! There are many who do not. I need to remind myself every day to make sure that I get use of all of my abilities. If you don't use it you lose it! (Or so I've been told.) It may be really painful at times to do some of those things, but I do them anyways. Arthritis is no fun, but I am determined not to let it defeat me.
Being able to chat with my oldest daughter Eileen every single day. This blessing is two fold, one is for the technology to be able to do this and two is for a daughter who actually wants to talk to me and seeks me out, and who looks to me for advice and guidance. She and I were always close and I am grateful that has never changed. I wish I lived closer so that I could offer her more than words, but life is what it is and I am grateful for at least the words, and hopeful that one day it can be more.
I have a life filled with abundance. No, we are not wealthy, but I can say each day I have enough. Enough shelter, enough clothing, enough food, enough health, enough to drink, enough love, enough everything. I have enough and more . . . enough to be able to share with others when I can. To have enough and then some to share is a blessing in and of itself, and so my cup runneth over. I am grateful that I have an attitude of gratitude. So grateful that I can see the blessings in my life and give thanks for them, and share them with others when I can. Because I have been given much, I, too, must give. Funny how giving works . . . it always flows back to you in abundance. Never be afraid to give too much. It always works out.
This has been my journey over these past few years and I am slowly winning the battle. It shouldn't be so hard to simplify, but it is. It is hard to let go sometimes of things we become attached to. I am working towards not being attached to anything in life that doesn't matter. Some days it is an uphill struggle, and other days it is really simple. I have been able to discard and give away a LOT over these past few years, but there is much still to give away. I am getting there. Battles are being won.
and that's . . . what
A thought to carry with you . . .
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Baking in The English Kitchen today . . . Coffee and Walnut Creams.
Have a fabulous Monday. I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of small and wonderful things. Don't forget along the way that . . . .
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And I do too!