Sharing gratitude to be alive. Multiple musings from simple to complex w/ people, family, music, poetry, pet love, scenic nature, spirituality, health, motivation, & more. Also, find the book at ahouseinsideofme.com and in print, on Kindle, and iBook titled A House Inside of Me: Poetry by Marian Elsie Blake (2013) by Mary Blake Huer
It seems that all too often we take ordinary city services for granted. Recently, my city Engineering Division performed “slurry sealing” on our city streets. It was fun to watch the drivers, walkers, bikers, dogs, baby buggies, and, of course car drivers work around the slurry trucks to try to slurry our city! In the end, everyone worked together to beautify our community. Note: other communities may call this “sealing streets”.
After this experience, I have a new appreciation for traffic control barricades, and City Project Managers who kindly managed everyone to complete this improvement project! Be grateful and give gratitude for city services. They have a tough job of “people control” to lay the rubber down, seal cracks, and improve the pavements on which we drive daily.
On this Good Friday I have been invited to my first Passover meal with friends. As this is Easter weekend I am reminded of so much pain and suffering and so I want to offer gratitude for the life we all celebrate together. Many people are not as fortunate this year.
Please give thanks and never take your blessings for granted. Have a blessed and wonderful holy weekend.
It seems like people are unsettled these days with so many life issues facing all of us: prices are increasing, tensions are escalating with the War, the pandemic is still lurking around us, political differences of opinion are constantly played out on the news, and other stresses generally surround us. Within these various situations, when I observe moments of “thoughtfulness” between strangers as well as friends and family, I appreciate seeing such gestures between fellow human beings.
Today, I would like to encourage each of us to smile at someone you don’t know, to say “hello” and “thank you” more often, to open doors for someone whose arms are full of groceries or their children, to send a kind text to at least three people, to buy a cup of coffee for a friend, to invite an elderly person near you to chat for a bit, to allow a stranger who asks to pet your dog, and to ask a family member or friend if they need your help.
I believe if we are each a little more thoughtful towards other persons and their potential needs, it will create a bit of peace and calm around us, if even for a moment. Do you agree?
This is a wonderful day. The sun is shining in Southern CA, my son is visiting me from the Midwest, my friends call me regularly and invite me to dinner or some fun event, and I watched Judge Jackson give a speech after her Supreme Court confirmation.
This morning I felt especially thankful for my life, my family, my little buddy and doggie who is always by my side, and my friends. As I reflect on this day, I remind myself to express thankfulness for all that I have.
I think too often we are quick to complain when we are unhappy or disappointed in life, but I believe we need to remember to be quick to be thankful each day for all that we have and experience. As I try to walk the path to gratitude I want to express thankfulness as often as possible. How ’bout you?