Friday, April 22, 2016

8 Things I am Thankful For

The A to Z Challenge takes us on a journey through the month of April. We write Monday through Saturday and take Sunday off. Hence, 26 days and 26 letters of the alphabet. Come in and see what snippet I'm sharing with you today.

I often spend too much time bitching. Bitching about things I can't do anything about. Or just your normal bitching about life in general. Today I am going to tell you what I am thankful for! 




1) I am thankful to have been married to my best friend and soul-mate for all the years I had him with me here on earth. I look forward to the day I join with him again.

2) I am thankful for the two sons I have. Even though one strayed from the normal path in life, I still love him and am always thankful for him. And for that younger son there just aren't the words to tell you what he means to me!

3) I am thankful for the wonderful grandchildren I have been blessed with. Even when they annoy me beyond your imagination, I am thankful to have been able to play such a big part in their lives.

4) I am thankful for the roof over my head. It is all mine. The mortgage ended 2 years ago. And I am really thankful for that.

5) I am thankful to have enough monthly income to pay my bills and provide us with more than enough to eat. Like most people I would love to have more. But I can't complain. So, I shouldn't!

6) I am thankful for everyday that my car continues to run and get me where I need to go. She is old (2001) and has a lot of miles (>120,000) but she is good to me. Yes, even without an A/C!

7) I am thankful for my good health. I do not have problems with blood pressure or heart problems. I don't take any medications. I am obese, yet I am working on that. I am thankful I can walk still. And have very little aches and pains.

8)I am greatly thankful for my eyesight. I do need to wear reading glasses but being able to do what I love to do most: read, gives me much to be thankful for.

I am probably leaving something out but I am thankful for that too. Tell me what you are thankful for? Do you think we spend too much time bitching and not enough with being thankful?


38 comments:

  1. Very nice T list of thankfuls. Good not to have to pay a mortgage and not have a car payment either!

    We do have so much to be thankful for, we just need to stop and take the time to do so!

    betty

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    1. Yes, I think it is easier to bitch. And harder to be thankful. It should be the other way around!

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  2. Totally agree, Paula that we have to take time to think of the things to be thankful for and they really do add up - health being such a big one :) and as I read my comment back - spell check being another!!
    Have a great weekend - Pempi
    Stormy’s Sidekicks
    Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

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    1. Spell check is a wonderful thing to be thankful for!

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  3. Oh yes, we should focus on the thankful. This week I'm thankful that I didn't have to report for jury duty. I was on call. All week. So, I totally lucked out. And I'm thankful for the yahoos in 4th period today. They gave me my Y post, and that was the last post I had to write for A to Z. (I had Z mapped out a while ago.)

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    1. I have had jury duty 4 times in my life! I only served twice. It was, actually, very educational. But long!!

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  4. Lovely post Paula and yes we do need to be reminded sometimes just to take a step back and see what we have and be thankful rather than moan about the shortcomings.

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  5. Though I enjoy a good bitching session as much as the next guy or gal, I definitely think we would all be better off (including myself) if we spent more energy focusing on things we are thankful for. It doesn't change the things that aren't so great, but appreciation for the good stuff can definitely improve our perspective, which is so important.

    I am thankful for so very many things, but at the moment,I thankful for having met some new bloggers through the A-Z challenge--including you. :)

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    1. I am thankful for the friends I have on-line too Mom!

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  6. I too am thankful for so much, Paula, even though we've lost such an important part of our lives, there remains so much to see and do and experience. Nancy

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    1. Yes, we have lost so much! I miss your blog Nancy. Good to see you here!

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  7. That was a nice post, Paula. Yes those are good things to be thankful for.

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  8. Veeery nice reminder!
    Unfortunately, I've become quite an accomplished bitcher-er! :)

    "Ma" -- another blogger who Betty and I follow -- lists 3 things each day for which she is thankful and encourages her readers to develop that habit, as well.
    Sure, there are days I want to stand in the corner and stick out my bottom lip, but her good cheer usually brings me around. (http://goodmorningsmiles.blogspot.com/2016/04/for-saturday-april-23rd-2016.html)

    PS - The only thing I would add to what you already said is my memories. I've a real fear of dementia or Alzheimer's.

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    1. I will check Ma out. You have led me to some fine blogs, Myra! Yes, being thankful for our memories is also a good thing!

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  9. This is a nice list. Love, family, health, a roof over your head..Who can ask for more?

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  10. Great list Paula! You're so lucky to be mortgage-free! I can't wait till that day comes for me. I keep making an extra mortgage payment every year so I can knock this mortgage out quicker. I have 11 years to go... Seems like forever.

    I think we are so busy with our lives that we often fail to stop and take stock in what we have and what we should be grateful for. If we're only pausing to think about that which we are thankful on Thanksgiving, then we're really in trouble!

    I'm thankful for my parents who are staying with me right now and we are enjoying our time together. I'm thankful for my brother and sister-in-law and my good friends. I'm thankful for my amazing dogs who keep me laughing every day. And I'm thankful for laughter.

    Great post.
    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. It took us 25 years to reach that mortgage-free state. I am so thankful now that I live on my social security to have no mortgage to pay! Laughter!! Where would we be without it??

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  11. What a beautiful post! I am guilty of bitching too much too! Thank you for the reminder.

    Stopping by from Betty's blog.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Paula

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  12. Hi Paula - great post of thankfulness - so often we don't remember enough .. about how lucky we are - we all have hiccups in life ... but to relish the wonderful moments is such a treat - have a good week ahead ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Sometimes it is the hiccups that get more of our attention. We need to stop and remember there really is more good than bad!

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  13. For the last ten years I have been thankful every day that I am retired. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed teaching but when the time came I was happy to hand the reigns over to younger, more energetic people. Teaching my grandchildren is enough for me now. I like your list.

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    1. I would be thankful to be retired from teaching too. See my post for S about schools. I have so much admiration for teachers. I couldn't do it today!!

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  14. I found lots of similar 'thanks' in my list - my three sons, my grandson, no mortgage, great health, sufficient income, and glasses for the grocery store since I have bad mid-range vision. Nice post.

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    1. I am thankful for my reading glasses.

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  15. Clearly, you are blessed. And it seems largely so because of your thankful attitude.
    Thanks again for visiting Nickers and Ink Poetry and Humor - and happy A-Z.

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    1. I am not sure about the attitude part. I don't spend nearly enough time being thankful!!

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  16. That last one is pretty deep--if we have so many things to be thankful for, we may not be able to remember them all easily, that's a sign that we truly are blessed!

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    1. Most of the time I feel truly blessed!!

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  17. I think it is human nature to complain. I try to start each day off remembering all my blessings and reminding myself that I can choose to be happy and rejoice in the day or choose to go back to bed and bury my head in my sorrows. I choose to be happy.

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    1. I need to chose to be happy more too! I wish it were that easy!

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  18. I probably bitch too much too! Sometimes it is necessary! You have a great Thankful list! :)

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    1. I agree sometimes it is necessary to bitch!!

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