Monday, November 27, 2017

Slicing Up The Days

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         It is hard to watch the news. I know many of you feel that, and have felt it for over a year now. I am trying to keep up, send letters, contribute to those organizations who are fighting for our freedoms. And I am finding time to take a break, to keep my spirits up, to find that the world does hold joy when one looks. 

I saw a piece this past Sunday about the plight especially of the children in Syria where not only are soldiers being bombed, but the hospitals who are caring for the injured, and many are children, badly injured, dying. But they also showed doctors and nurses who stay, despite the risk to their own lives. 

I see journalists carrying on to find truth, what we in our country count on, and I wish I could tell them all "thank you".

I see my grandchildren, eager to live their lives in play, whether moving into college searching and passionate about photography, or navigating new social changes of 3rd grade, or discovering that letters can turn into words, they are learning that growing older can be 'life-changing" and just plain fun, too. The girls spent much of the day with me today, last day before returning to school. It was play, play, play! I contributed snacks, project materials, and some Christmas books.

 I talk to my family, proud to know they are aware of those things important to our country.

And I am lucky that I have the time to be out in nature, visiting all over my neighborhood, even in my own garden. We've been unusually warm recently. I saw a ladybug today and took one picture of the rose hips, colored beauties, bird food! 

Searching for good things helps, knowing that I can make my days better helps. Reading and writing, that too creates joy.
rose hips in one part of my garden 


            

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I love this phrase, "to find that the world does hold joy when one looks." Yes! I have found a great deal of comfort in a gratitude chain I do with several women, each day trying to name what I am grateful for. It has been a very hard year - it feels much longer than a year. But, life is still beautiful!

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    1. You are welcome! How lovely to hear of that gratitude chain, Maureen. Like my words, it does help to name the good things.

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  2. Love the rose hips and the beautiful blue sky. Like you, I'm struggling with our world, but knowing the goodness of others gives me hope. Glad that you spent the day with the girls and engaged in lots of play. Looking forward to hearing where Carter will land for college. Enjoy your warmer weather. It's rain, rain, and more rain for us.

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    1. It was 81 yesterday, record-breaking! Now cold today, but sunny. I wish you could send some of that rain our way. You want it gone, we want it here! Yes it was fun with the girls, their final "fling" before school. Out of state tuition may keep Carter in Texas, but it's early days! Thanks, Ramona!

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  3. Well written reminder, Linda. Yes, we must keep looking for all good things...your blog is a good thing. =)

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    1. Thanks, Bridget, I am always looking. . .

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  4. Some big truth here, my friend! It's hard to remember to search for good when there is so much ugliness in the world right now.

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    1. It is a challenge, but I will keep on, Carol. Thanks, nice to see you even for a little bit!

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  5. Thank you for sharing the good things you found.

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