November 26 2021 – 3 things

Today I took a 3 hour nap and I am grateful for the rest and peace afterwards, as no one judged me or ridiculed me for not being productive; Today I played with my grand daughter and I was grateful for all of the giggles, hugs, and gentle sweetness; today I went for a kind walk with my oldest daughter and was grateful to have her all to myself. #choosejoy #3things #gratitude

Thanksgiving 2021 – 3 things of gratitude

Today started like any other day – coffee and a hot shower (neither of which I take for granted). The difference is, however, that I am at the beach with my children – my grown children. I am grateful to have special time with them as they create their own lives; I am grateful for the delicious food we’ve had today; I am grateful for the giggling granddaughter that runs like the energizer bunny. Still, the difference in the day is a little sad – as I try to fill all of my days with joy and gratitude on this day I feel the loss for some reason – on this day of thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, I feel the joy too. But when I look into the faces of these young adults I can’t help but see the small children they once were. It’s not really sadness…nostalgia maybe?? I don’t know who said these words first but I have said them often. The days are long, but the years are short. Enjoy every moment that you can. Every. Day. Thank you for taking this journey of gratitude with me over the years. I appreciate having the audience! #choosejoy #gratitude #3things #emptynest

November 24, 2021 Thanksgiving Eve 3 things

I have been reflecting on the last few Thanksgivings since I left my home and my husband. We are still not divorced- long story – but the joy in my heart and the peace in my soul as I drive to my holiday destination today quite literally overwhelmed me. I am so very grateful for the lack of holiday (or daily) anxiety, tension, and angst tonight. I know everything I do or say tomorrow will be met with acceptance and love no matter what and that is a great feeling; I am grateful to see my children connect, support and love one another. Watching my son play with his niece and teach her how to jump through all those giggles and chases…well that memory will be long standing; finally, I am grateful for the folks who know and observe that the left lane is for active passing – otherwise stay in the right lane. Smh – it has been my experience that the Europeans do this so much better than us Americans. I must also add – I am grateful for those who see the lane will end in a mile and move over, as opposed to those who choose to go to the very very end before they almost cause an accident in order to merge. Thank you considerate, responsible drivers. #choosejoy #3things #gratitude

November 23, 2021 – 3 things

Today I am grateful for the time spent baking holiday goodies for my family and friends; today I am grateful to HAVE the family and friends; today I am grateful for my mother’s hands and on my hand, my grandmother’s wedding band…I wear the matching band that belonged to my grandfather around my neck and I feel honored to have them both with me always. #choosejoy #3things #gratitude

November 22, 2021 – 3 Things

November 22, 2021 – Today’s 3 things: Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate chip cookies and now that I live by myself I actually get to eat some; I am grateful for the wonderful woman who came to clean my apartment today. I treated myself to a professional cleaning before the holidays and it was worth every penny; I am grateful for Biofreeze on my aching back after a 14 hour work day. #choosejoy #3things #gratitude