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Phoenix Arise

This is dedicated to two of my friends who are going through tough times and also for all those who need encouragement. For JC and JF: Please remember: Your heart is big and your spirit is even bigger.

When the chips are down and you’re feeling low

When the tide turns and you’re being towed

When the world is against you and your spirit burns

When you hit rock bottom and there’s nowhere to turn

Look deep within you to draw from your soul

Seek strength and solace and make it your goal

To rise above the hurt, pain and tears

And face the world despite your fears

This is the step and the leap you will take

To heal your broken spirit and the heart break

Remember, the rainbow in its glorious hues

Only after rain and storm, appears on cue

To renew your spirit and grace the skies

While you, like the mythical Phoenix, will rise

 

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Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. ~Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh (by A.A. Milne)

Disclaimer: My thanks go to the artist of the above image.

I would love to hear your comment. Please feel free to do so.

 

Review of the last 10 gratitude posts

I had no idea what I had started when I airily made a promise to do 100 ‘gratitude’ posts. I hasten to say that I fully intend to keep my promise but I will stretch them out and do ten at a time, with a break of a week in-between. I’m still sticking to my undertaking and I will complete 100 gratitude posts and that ‘your honour’ will hopefully be accepted in any court of law.

On reflection, I have thoroughly enjoyed recording the day’s gratitude and each day held a totally unexpected surprise to be thankful for. The beauty of the daily ‘gratitude post’ is that you never know what the day will hold until it is over and you review the day to pinpoint the part that you give thanks for.

Doing an exercise such as this, has put me in the mindset of keeping my finger on the pulse of looking for and being aware of the blessings that most of us take for granted.

I can therefore say, I will no doubt continue to look for the proverbial ‘silver lining in the cloud’ or the rainbow after the rain,’ thereby, continuing to be grateful on my week’s break.

I have several projects in mind and will work on those projects on my break and will hopefully have other subjects other than the gratitude reports to post.

Thank you to all those who have been reading my daily posts and I hope you will drop by and read some of my other writings in the weeks in between the ‘gratitude posts.’

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Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader – not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon. ~ E. L. Doctorow

Disclaimer: Both quote images have been gleaned from the internet and my thanks go to the respective authors/creators.

Day 10 – A day of downs and ups

I couldn’t have scripted how the day would turn out if I tried. I woke up to the news that two members of the family were in hospital and a third could potentially have major health issues. Families from both sides rallied around to help and two other family members were keeping us posted on the respective situations.

Apart from medical tests and medication, it was a waiting game. Both of the members in hospital were in a lot of pain and the third member had an appointment with the GP. It was a worrying time.

Keenly aware that my blogposts are themed on ‘gratitude,’ I had to dig deep to find something to be grateful for. A decision to shelve the issue while we awaited more news, was, in my opinion, a better course of action and at times like these, it is also best to keep busy.

By late evening, both members were medicated but more tests were required. I dreaded hearing about the third member’s results but the GP instead, suggested seeing a Specialist.

I found lots to do to keep me occupied and busy but it wasn’t until I opened a pile of mail that I realised how much I needed to relax. There among the pile of letters was a normal-sized, bulky envelope and a large package, and surprise of all surprises, they were both addressed to me.

I opened the smaller envelope and discovered a second envelope with a beautiful pair of earrings wrapped in soft covering, from my sister-in-law and brother. My sister in law said she thought the earrings would look nice on me, when she spotted the earrings. Just seeing the gift lifted my spirit and I certainly needed my spirit lifted.

I then opened the large parcel and found a gift-wrapped, oblong package. I also began to wonder why the gifts were sent when it wasn’t even my birthday.

Nestled in the wrapping was an exquisitely carved wooden box made up of different pieces of wood and on opening the box, I found a fine-looking, wooden pen.

These gifts were no doubt posted a few days earlier, whereby, one in particular was posted from far north Queensland but both gifts arrived at a most opportune time.

To recap, the day started out dreadfully but by nightfall and the arrival of the unexpected gifts, the concerns and worries were cushioned to a certain extent.

I still marvel that there were angels thinking about me a few days earlier, without being aware that their thoughtfulness would bring extra-comfort.

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Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them and they bless the giver. ~Barbara De Angelis

This post is a few days late and I’m sure you can understand why. I will write a review of the last ten days of my gratitude posts tomorrow.

I would love to hear your comments.

Day 9 – Even more cupcakes?

I returned home to find a tray full of beautifully iced and decorated cupcakes sitting on the kitchen benchtop.

Needless to say, I alternated from immediate delight, to intrigue, to dismay, to curiosity and finally, to salivating.

My initial delight turned to wondering who made the cakes and for what purpose. Then dismay set in when I wondered if it was meant for someone else. This was followed by sheer curiosity as to what it all meant but at the same time, I couldn’t wait to try one of these delicious-looking cupcakes.

I searched the house to find out about these mysterious but tempting delights. Imagine my beaming face when I was told that they were meant for all of us. A friend had made them for her daughter’s birthday party and had set aside a tray full for us.

I can candidly admit that I would have been sorely disappointed if the cupcakes weren’t for us. I give thanks for our family friend for thinking of us and sending the tray of cakes over.

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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu

Have you ever received any unexpected gifts? I would love to hear about it.

 

Day 8 – Modern Technology

All hail the TripView app! I find myself giving thanks whenever I use the app and I badly needed to use it on Friday evening.

I was dropping a relative home and had to use the notorious Pennant Hills road to get there. Friday evening traffic on Pennant Hills road – enough said! A 15 minute trip turned out to be a 40 minute trip as we sat through four changes at one set of lights in particular. Cars kept filling up the major intersection we had to traverse and it became frustrating.

On reaching the house, another relative suggested I take the train rather than sit through however long it would take to get back and then drive to the city and no doubt be late for a social engagement I was attending.

I checked the trusty TripView app to find I would need two trains to get to the city but I would get there half an hour earlier than anticipated. Needless to say, I took the option.

Prior to the app, I would have been anxiously wondering if I should risk driving through the traffic and if it would get me there on time or whether I would still make it on time if I took the train instead.

Those who have been reading my ‘Gratitude’ posts will recall the Ányone for Coffee’ post in which my girlfriend asked me to have coffee with her. I recall said girlfriend wondering aloud on how we managed before we had mobile/cell phones to contact our friends instantly for an impromptu get-together such as that. Another technological advancement that we can be grateful for!

I give my utmost thanks to the creator of the TripView app!

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Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity. ~Jacques Ellul

Disclaimer: The above photos are from the internet. My sincere thanks go to the photographers.

We have been having computer problems so I haven’t had a chance to post for a few days.

Are modern gadgets a blessing or a curse? How do you feel about any in particular?

Day 7 – Cupcake heaven

 

A girlfriend and I had planned to meet up for coffee yesterday. I had told her I could only meet her around 3 pm and all she stipulated was that we meet at the local garden nursery.

She texted in the morning and asked if we could have coffee at her place instead, as she was reluctant to go out with the possibility of rain. I had been looking forward to browsing through the nursery myself but to sweeten the deal, she offered to make cupcakes.

My girlfriend is an excellent cook so I did not need much persuading. I was however blown away by her cakes, especially the butterfly cakes with crème fraiche. Yummm! Needless to say, they were delicious and to prove it, I took a photo.

My advice is to cultivate friends who can cook butterfly cupcakes.

All jokes aside, I give thanks for friends who want to have coffee with me and who are fully prepared to set aside time to cook for their cake-deprived pals.

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A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. ~Frank Crane

While it sounds as though I am always out drinking coffee with friends, I assure you, it is not as often as we would wish. Friends are precious and it is imperative that we care for and support each other and coffee time, is one way of keeping in touch and showing that we care.

How do you spend time with good friends? I would love to hear from you.

Day 6 – Tackling Tasks

This may sound bizarre but I had a great day tackling tasks that sit on the back burner and only get attention when we have the time.

I put a few of my favourite CDs on and enthusiastically got going. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a mountain of tasks but it gave me great satisfaction to tick some of them off the list. It was also delightful to see my handiwork after labouring for hours.

I also enjoyed the fact that I did not need to rush out for appointments or necessary groceries or gifts or so many other reasons. It was simply wonderful to have time to devote myself fully to the tasks at hand and WITHOUT interruption. That’s my gratitude for the day. Yay!

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When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~ Tecumseh

I’m still in a glow over the tasks I completed. Have you got a similar story to relate? I would love to hear it.

 

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