Monday, 13 February 2017

Small and Wonderful Things . . .


 


"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
counts.

A thought to carry with you . . . 

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˛*Holding onto anger is like

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             the other person to die.
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Spiritual Enlightenment



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!


8 comments:

Suze said...

It is almost six pm and it is storming. I hope this breaks our hot weather pattern for now. Prayers for a good day. God bless you now and always.

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks so much Suzan. Stay safe. Love you! xoxo

La Table De Nana said...

Fingers crossed for today and every ensuing days:)
It's not easy..and you are the most and the best..with all you are doing..believe that.
Mr T knows that.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Hoping you both have safe travels to the doctors and that both appointments are good ones.

Marie Rayner said...

Thanks Monique and Pam. We are both home now and all is done and dusted. With any luck Todd should begin radiation next week. Also the eye technician said all looked well on my eye front. Whew! I am so grateful! Xoxo

Sybil said...

I am so glad that the hospital visits have gone well today. Pleased especially that at long last Todds treatment can get started, it seems to have such a long waiting time. Pleased that yout eyes are ok. I was sorry to read that you hadn't been good at .....doing your eye treatment...but thankful that no damage has been done. I am sure the Drs will have emphasised how important it is to use the drops. Peter has the same problem but he is very good at keeping to doing them every day....it is really wonderful that you can chat to Eileen most days especially with the time differences it can't always be easy......I am praying that she can come over latter in the year......well it's almost bed time, the evening has run away tonight,....where it ran to I have no idea LOL....but bed is calling. Masy has already been sitting by the bedroom door and back again about four times already !!! Night night. God Bless xx

LeAnn said...

I love your grateful heart. It is wonderful to have all that you need and a bit more to share. We do get snow here but not as much as normal. We have some Snow Angels that have come after every storm to do our drive way and walks which have been such a blessing since I don't think my husband should be doing it due to past health conditions.
I do pray that your eyes are OK and that sweet Todd can start those treatments. It's so hard to play the waiting game.
I can relate to the sleeping struggles because I have the same thing. It's so irritating not to be able to fall asleep quickly.
I think technology is so wonderful for the very fact that you can talk to your sweet daughter everyday. Mine don't call that often; but I do love when i can talk face to face with my dearst older daughter who lives in Australia; it's so far away. I only have one son that lives farily close and I am lucky to get a text from him once upon a time. The rest of my children live away from us and I do hear from them but since we have been on our mission not as much. We have been able to see them on some occasions which has been sweet.
I so need to simplfy. It won't happen until afte rour mission but I really do need to go through a zillion things and get rid of a lot of it.
Wishing for you great blessings of health and of course continued love and sending you hugs!

Marie Rayner said...

I don't have any drops Sybil, just need to watch my diet better. I do get blurry eyes if I have overdone the carbs or sugar! ahhh Masy. bless. Mitzie is often up the stairs before we go up these days! She loves sleeing in our room I guess! God bless! xoxo