Three Thanks A Week

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Archive for December 2009

Dec 29 Instructions

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If Life came with instructions, would anyone actually read them?  I guess a few would pour over them intently, and then spend their days reminding the rest of us that we’re “doing it wrong“.    This year has felt like perhaps I should have read the instructions, or at least asked an instruction reader a time or two:  “Does this sound right to you?“.

I feel a little like 2009 has overstayed its welcome and I’d shoo it out the back door but it’s swollen and stuck shut from all the rain.  Does anyone have instructions on how to open a swollen door?

Today, I’m thankful that ..

  1. despite the storms that have rocked this year, somehow we are still hanging on – singing a sailor’s song.
  2. Life doesn’t come with instructions.  I would be tempted to look up all the things I’ve done wrong.
  3. the ones that love me don’t read the instructions either.

For what are you thankful?

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December 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm

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Dec 21 Flame

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These moments we share are gifts of immeasurable beauty.

Be thankful for every second that ticks while you are reading this post.  I am.

1…  2… 3 ….

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December 21, 2009 at 6:49 pm

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Dec 14 Birthdays

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Another life year has passed and this blog is a year old.

I don’t think much about birthdays.  Maybe it’s because I’m a December baby and this close to Christmas the last thing people want to worry about is a birthday. It’s more likely because I resist obligatory routines, but whatever the reason I’ve never been a “birthday person”.  I think I will try to change that moving forward because birthdays do provide a good place to say “thank you” to those people in your life that make all the difference.

Today, I’m thankful …

  1. for birthday wishes from people around the world
  2. for the people that come here and share their thanks
  3. for this morning’s milky white blanket of fog

For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

December 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

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Dec 7 Two Roads Diverged

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I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

from The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

I didn’t post yesterday.   I sat down to write but there was this thing circling around in my head refusing any sort of meaningful articulation, and then I saw this image this morning and it resolved.

Ask yourself honestly what you thought of these two men when you first looked at this picture.  Did your mind race to dichotomy?  Did your mind tell your stories about them – who or what they were, in stark black and white?

But this isn’t really a black and white image, is it?  Isn’t it merely shades of gray layered one upon the other, much like the decisions we make every day?  Do this, not that.  Go here, not there.  Wear this, not that.  It’s maddening really.  Equally maddening is how we cast people, like fish from a net, into two buckets – keep, throw away.

Look again, you may see shades of gray.

Today I am just thankful that …

  1. I have the luxury of making decisions.
  2. you notice the little things.
  3. I forced myself to post, albeit “late”.   This little blog has become a special place for me.

For what are you thankful?

Written by Grace

December 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

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