During the coldest months of last winter a friend from one of my previous lifetimes heard about my situation here and sent me a fantastic, warm, welcome gift. Judy Van Hooser was so long ago I’d have thought she had forgotten I exist.
Beautiful work and it all appears to be hand-stitched.
Every year Judy makes one of these and gives it to a veteran somewhere.
Last year she contacted my ex-wife, Caroline, and said she’d like to give this one to me.
I was both dumbfounded and ecstatic. It’s almost too fine to use as a quilt. But these winter nights don’t leave a lot of room for the luxury of using a warm quilt for a showpiece. This one does what quilts and blankets were always supposed to do.
Thank you Judy. You’ve earned a place in my gratitude affirmations. And every time I use that quilt I remember.
Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a read.
Those who read here, I assume, predominantly wish they could be me. Most likely you think living the life I’m blessed with is all smooth sailing. Figure all I have to do is remember to be grateful for the flat tires and 47 different ways to cook potatoes, 98 raman recipes, and clean the burrs out of the cat hair.
Sometimes I even think that’s true. But the fact is, even the flood of blessings I enjoy in life become a trap. Complacency slips in through the cracks and sometimes I forget to look for all the reasons those rough spots are actually a gift the Universe gives me, sometimes only as a reminder.
As an example, there’s a dragon lady in the courthouse in Timewarpsville who’s in charge anytime someone wants to try licensing or registering a trailer or motor vehicle. I’ve found, if a person wants to get it done in fewer than three 100 mile round-trips he’d best find a time when she’s out to lunch and the other lady’s the one doing the business.
In the name of just doing her job that dragon lady can find more tees that need a 50 mile drive to cross and eyes that need dotting next trip any the average person who hasn’t experienced being Adolph Hitler could imagine.
But that’s okay. That’s actually the Universe reminding me again I’m the luckiest man because, you see, I don’t have to be her. Hells bells, I rarely even have to deal with her. Don’t have to live in the same town, don’t have to have her for a relative, barely have to acknowledge such people are alive on this sphere and are part of the human species.
Sometimes I forget. But that’s just the downside of being me. Complacency.
Posted in 2013, America, Human Behavior
Tagged Affirmations, country life, culture, Gratitude, humor, Life, lifestyle, luck, society, sociology
From a previous blog entry a few years ago:
Have you ever heard anyone say, “Wow! I just put out my eye with a nail-gun! Thank you Lord (Universe, Goddess, Higher Self, Coincidence Coordinators, or whatever the person happens to hold sacred)!”
Probably you haven’t. Not many people know it’s a profoundly effective way of causing pain to diminish or vanish entirely.
I usually don’t even remember to pass it on, though my Y2K and since friend, Jeanne, has seen it work. She might use it.
- Go find a hammer, put your thumb, thumbnail upward, on the front step.
- Draw the hammer over your shoulder and smash hell out of that thumbnail as hard as you’re able.
- The moment your vision changes to a nuclear fireball, shift gears mentally and say, “Thank you Lord.”
Doesn’t matter whether you’re a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist or atheist. You’ll be amazed.
See for yourself.
I don’t know of any better demonstration of the power of gratitude.
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Posted in 2000's, Adventure, Country Life, Human Behavior, Spirituality
Tagged Affirmations, atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Gratitude, Healing, Human Behavior, Life, miscellaneous, musings, Muslim, Natural Healing, other, Pain Relief, random, Reflections, Taoist, thoughts, wisdom