Most years have their ups and downs, but 2016 seemed particularly trying for me. I am eternally hopeful that 2017 starts out peaceful and remains healthy, happy, and prosperous for me and my family, friends, and all of you. Prosperity, success, and wealth have different meanings for everyone, so find what has significance for you.
Here’s a little quote that embodies today’s prompt for me:
“Know your own HAPPINESS. Want for nothing but PATIENCE – or give it a more fascinating name. Call it ‘HOPE‘.”
~ Jane Austen from Sense and Sensibility
Have a safe and Happy New Year! Tomorrow begins a new day, a new adventure, a new you!
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of an EF-4 tornado that tore through several cities near me in North Texas, including the one I work for and used to call home. Yesterday I attended the remembrance ceremony intended for us to pause, reflect, and remember. Remember those who were lost. Remember those who survived and are rebuilding. Remember those who responded. And to dedicate a plaque to mark this devastating and defining event.
Ovation is defined as “anenthusiasticpublicreceptionofaperson,markedespeciallybyloudandprolongedapplause.” There was no ovation during or after the event. No applause for the chorale that sang or for the words from the city officials who spoke and called the names of those 9 souls who were lost. There was silent respect and reflection from the crowd, as well as perhaps a few tears. And at the end, when the plaque was unveiled, a subdued and polite applause to mark the end of the ceremony and the on-going journey to recovery. Continue reading “No Ovation, Just Remembrance”
I am a wife. A mother. A daughter. A sister. An employee. A boss. A volunteer. A board member. A friend. A neighbor. A fibro-warrior. I am also tired. And I managed to survive yet another year and yet another holiday season, though this year has been quite trying and tiring for me personally and professionally. Tired isn’t just a state of mind for me, it’s a fact of life. Living with fibromyalgia I never know from day to day how I will feel. The last few weeks my social media and blogging presence have been waning, as I have been taking a bit of a self-imposed break. I have been trying to rest physically, mentally, and spiritually.
This morning I started my day writing in my gratitude journal and drinking my coffee, sitting in a quiet and peaceful house. I realized I hadn’t taken the time to properly thank several people, as I have been #blessed recently to have won a variety of prizes from various bloggers and businesses. (Up until recently, I considered myself one of those people who never won anything!)
It started early in November when I won the grand prize gift basket at a ladies holiday event given by a local Chamber of Commerce, with a variety of prizes from local retailers and restaurants. I used some of the restaurant gift cards to bless others with meals. That prize was the result of a charitable donation I made to a local non-profit. You know what they say about the riches you receive when you give… Continue reading “Gratitude and Coffee”
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~Mark Twain
If you enjoy reading as much as I do, I hope you can find a little time this weekend to enjoy a good book, short story, or even a magazine. Here’s what I’m reading when I can find a few minutes to myself: