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Showing posts with label count our blessings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label count our blessings. Show all posts

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Counting Your Blessings at Harvest Time


Even though many of us do not have gardens or farms, we still celebrate the time of harvest by decorating with pumpkins, or gourds, straw bales and scarecrows.  We feel a connection from our childhood that marks this time, the time before and including Thanksgiving, and the upcoming Christmas and holiday season.

Fall harvest is a time for enjoying the fruits of our labors, and celebrating family and friends.  Often this harvest time gave farming folks some free time, as the colder weather approached some of the chores would disappear.

I remember this time as a child, with my family on our farm.  We had wonderful apples and cider, fresh grapes, and pies--oh, my!  My Mom could bake any kind of pie, and we had apple, and pumpkin this time of year.  Thanksgiving was always a bountiful celebration at my Grandparents.  Everyone brought a dish, and the food was always wonderful. 

Just as wonderful was playtime with my cousins.  There was hide and seek in the barn, and tree climbing. 

I am thankful this season for our loving family and for our friends.  May all of you be blessed with your families and  with friendship, also.   

Peace to all!

Joan

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Nullifying the Negative


In with the good air out with the bad. Or should it be in with the positive, out with the negative!
The airwaves seem to be shrouded with the negative. Apparently gloom and doom await us! Perhaps it does.

Really, I'm not a Pollyanna. I have my moods and obsess on what is not good, not perfect, not what I want, or what is out of my control. At some point I try to get over it. Eventually, the "issue" becomes less important.

So much of how we view and live our lives is a choice. We can choose to be miserable or we can choose to be happy--or at least not miserable!

There will always be someone who crosses our path that has lived through, or is getting through a tragedy. Listening to this person's story helps us realize how small our problems are.

In order to look at the positive side, we need to count our blessings. This must be done often!
It is so easy to chow down at mealtime and not stop to be thankful for the sustenance on our plates. Even when it is something we don't want to eat.

It is the little acts of gratitude that tell our families and friends that we love them. Let's take a few seconds of our precious time to do this.

So, to all of you out there, thank you for being there!

Spread the love,

Joan