Enough and more…

52 Weeks of Gratitude
week 9

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I have enough of everything I need and more.
But once again, I have been beset with the wants.
I want this and I want that.
Whatever I have is not what I want or I want more.
It’s old, or I’m tired of it. I want something new and different.
Doesn’t have to be all that different.  I just want to buy something new.

When this happens I really have to sit myself down and have a serious talk.
Who says I should have everything I want?
If I had it all would I be happier?
I doubt I’d be happier or even as happy as I am.
Having everything could be having too much.
I really don’t need all I have.
I’m very glad I have it, but I don’t need it all.

I am grateful that I have enough of everything I need.
I am blessed to have more than enough.

This week’s prompt for 52 Weeks of Gratitude was
How did you do and feel?
referring back to lasts weeks prompt,
Express Gratitude to 3 People.

I have chosen to write this post instead because
my wanting more and more for myself, the greediness of it,
and the ingratitude for what I do have has been heavy on my heart.
Selfishness is bad.  Thankfulness is good.

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Conversation at the Barn…

Today I am joining Linda Kay at Senior Adventures,
Wednesday Wit and Wisdom
All you have to do is find a picture and write a story or poem using it as inspiration.

Conversation at the Barn

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“Hey guys, come over here.  Look at these animals.  Aren’t they cute?”
“Silly looking if you ask me.”
“Maybe, a little.  But look at the white-haired guy over there,”
“Yeah, he’s quite handsome and looks intelligent too.”
“I like the red-head.  Those bangs are sexy.”
“What are they doing?”
“They’re cute, see they’re watching us.”
“I think they are laughing at us.”
“Why would they be laughing at us? They’re the funny looking ones!”
“What kind of animals are they anyway?”
“Haven’t you seen these critters before?”
“Nope, don’t think so. I’d remember if I did, they’re strange-looking.”
“Well, they are Homo sapiens.  They call themselves People.”

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Get acquainted…In Other Words

In Other Words

“I do know my own mind. The trouble is my mind changes and then
I have to get acquainted with it all over again.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Use the quote or the author as inspiration for a post;
a story…fiction or non-fiction, a poem or memory,
a commentary, opinion or just a picture.
Write something new about 250.-500 words.
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Be creative and have fun!

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Courage to be…In Other Words

 

In Other Words
this week’s prompt is:

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
ee cummings

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Before I accepted the me that I am I was not happy.  Not a happy little girl, not a happy teenager, not a happy young woman.  I wasn’t miserable just not happy.  I was uncomfortable with other people because I was uncomfortable being me.

There were different ways I dealt with my discomfort.  For awhile I was a chameleon.  I just blended in wherever I was being like everyone around me so I wouldn’t stand out or be noticed.

Then I was an actress which is different than being a chameleon. I was a character in the play of my life just saying scripted words to fit the occasion or event.  That was harder than being a chameleon…acting is tough.  Keeping track of the parts you are playing can be exhausting.  During my acting days I was a bit of a rebel, a quiet rebel to be sure, but a rebel all the same. Playing the characters I wanted without thought to consequences.

With whatever persona I used I was an outsider.  I am still an outsider and I am okay with this.  I think most introverts are solitary people.  I have learned to be content with being different. Listening to my own music within.  No longer playing parts or trying to fit in.  Growing up has its pains and becoming who you really are is not for wimps.  It takes courage.

Pet the cat to see the words of others.

Pet the cat to see the words of others.

On Wednesday, the 25th, there will be this quote to write about:

I do know my own mind. The trouble is my mind changes and then
I have to get acquainted with it all over again.
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Three people who made a difference…

I am joining Esther and Jacob at Local Adventurer in their
52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge
this week’s prompt is
Express Gratitude to 3 People

I am grateful for three people who made a difference in my life
by caring enough to listen and hear me and help me find answers.

My third grade teacher for sharing her love of books and reading which led to my love of books and reading.  Every afternoon she would turn off the classroom lights and we would put our heads down on our desks and she would read to us for around 15 minutes.  She read the most wonderful stories.  I wanted the stories to go on and on, but we only had that 15 minutes.  When I told her I wanted to hear more she said not to worry because I was learning to read and I would read lots of stories myself whenever I wanted. I am so thankful to Mrs.C for giving time to a little girl was looking for an answer.

Dr. S.  For 30 years, I had gone to doctors trying find an answer to what was happening to my body.  They would do the same tests over and over and shake their heads and tell me I was a hyper person with high anxieties and if I would learn to calm down and relax the problems would go away.  Then I met Dr.S.  He listened to me and asked questions that I had never been asked before.  Then he said I didn’t seem to be a hyper person and he could understand my anxiety because of what I was experiencing physically. There were three relatively simple tests that would give him the info he needed to determine a course of action. The tests were done showing surgery was needed.  He did the surgery and in a couple of months, though not completely gone, the problems are controllable. The most amazing thing was that Dr. S apologized for all the doctors that didn’t listen or take me seriously.  I am thankful for Dr. S for giving me his time and attention and care.

My friend E.  For her patience and prayers and encouragement and love.  She spent time with me, listened to and answered questions, and walked with me as I was finding my way after being lost for so long. She taught me what being a friend is by being a friend.  She taught by example what a life of faith looks like.  I will always be thankful for E’s being a part of my life.

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