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Day 13 & 14: The Vet/The Rainbow

Monday 3rd April: We almost lost our family pet around six months ago. Our Staffy dreads going to the Vet as I’m sure it conjures up nightmarish recall of the needles she has to endure and that day was no exception.

I knew how grave her condition was when I had to carry her up the steps into the waiting room and she was too weak to protest. The readings for her liver were off the scale and she was jaundiced.

Fortunately, an initial needle of antibiotic followed by antibiotic tablets and a-wait-and-see worrisome period of ten days, did the trick and she recovered.

Two weeks ago, she became quite ill again. She managed to crawl up the stairs and only gave a token resistance into entering the ‘house of horrors.’ Fortunately, our vet is gentle and caring and our pet is in his good hands. The vet was concerned that her liver was compromised again and gave her another antibiotic needle and another round of tablets. This time however, she perked up after only a day.

Her annual check-up and heart-worm injection had been postponed to Monday, two weeks after the second treatment. The vet checked her out thoroughly and gave her the tick for strong teeth, clear eyes and ears, solid heartbeat and overall health. I stood before him and a wave of gratitude and relief washed over me.

It was only after that ordeal that I thought about my ‘gratitude’ post and gave myself a virtual ‘high-five,’ as it clearly became my big ‘thank you’ point for Monday.

Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ~Joshua E. Marine

 

Tuesday 4th April: Soccer training was on, despite a brief shower and the overcast condition. A soggy, squelchy walk onto the field did not help matters but the little ‘wanna-be soccer star’ joined in the training session with enthusiasm.

The dark clouds gathered ominously overhead and the air grew even chillier. I raced to my car and grabbed the large umbrella and walked back across the field. Quite a few of the adults did not bother getting their umbrellas.

I looked up and spotted the beginnings of a rainbow and couldn’t help feeling cheered by it. I just managed to get a quick shot of it when I remembered I had to return a relative’s phone call.

I was on the phone when the rest of the rainbow streaked across the sky. I couldn’t get a photo of it while on the phone and hoped it would remain until the conversation was over. The colour spectrum was quite vivid against the dark clouds and I watched it in a mesmerised state.

The rainbow disappeared however, when more dark clouds rolled in and I quickly ended my phone call. Almost on cue, the rain pelted down and I hastily put my umbrella up.

The coaches continued the training session and the little players bravely played in the drenching rain. I couldn’t help marvelling at the scene and likewise, ignored my soaked leather boots and thoroughly wet jeans.

After ten more minutes of further play, the coaches cancelled the training. The hour was almost up anyway. My little charge and I walked across the field, huddled while laughing under the umbrella, as we squelched through it.

When I checked my phone that night, I saw my shot of the little crest of rainbow and couldn’t help smiling at the beauty of it. Needless to say, that rainbow has my gratitude for appearing in an almost cheerful manner in a darkly laden sky.

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Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things. ~Kurt Vonnegut

Oh la la: All the above photos are my own so I don’t need to use the ‘disclaimer’ in this post.

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Day’s 11 & 12 – Kindness & Sunshine

One of my mottoes is to always remember the kindness of others and I have often spoken about it to my family.

Saturday: I had to post a large envelope with a statutory declaration in it, and decided to drop into our local post office. The postmistress often has a quick chat and is a lovely lady. Saturday morning was no exception!

She mentioned seeing me dropping off a young relative to school in the mornings and said that her son had been his buddy and mentor when he first started kindergarten. It was wonderful learning that we had this connection.

She asked me if I dropped him every day. I then told her that I did as his mother was quite ill and couldn’t do it and had not been able to do it for over a year. On learning about the illness, she offered to make a meal or two for their family. I was so touched and grateful at this unexpected offer.

Imagine this folks, I only know this lady when I visit the post office and here she was, offering to make a meal for my relatives. This generous gesture just made my day and moved me so much. I will always remember her kindness.

 

Sunday: It was a busy day but just on midday, I received an unexpected phone call from a family member who lived an hour and a half away from us. She is an absolute delight and rang to say she wanted to drop in with her baby son and toddler. It can usually be months before we see each other so this was a wonderful surprise.

This family member is a ray of sunshine, is bubbly and has an infectious laugh. Needless to say, the two hour visit went much too quickly.

We have to give thanks for the people who bring much joy into our lives.

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How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. ~ George Elliston

Disclaimer: My thanks go to the various photographers for the above image and photos.

Have you received or done a kindness recently? Please share your experience in the comments.

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 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 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.

 

Day 5 – Coffee anyone?

Today’s gratitude post is an easy one. I had to go to our local shopping centre to do a number of errands, after stopping off at a workshop. On completing all my tasks, I stood in a checkout queue and pondered if I should head home immediately or stop for a takeaway coffee. Just then, my phone buzzed and I was delighted to see it was a girl friend. She asked me if I was free and would consider coming in for a coffee. I laughed and told her it was a wonderful coincidence as I was already in the area and would love to join her.

I had had an emotional morning so this impromptu and unexpected get-together gave me a lift. We enjoyed a chat, some cake and coffee.

What a beautiful way to honour International Women’s Day! Here’s to friendship and coffee!

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There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger and live just a little bit better. ~Unknown

Disclaimer: Thank you to the photographer and the barista who created the above image.

Hmmm …coffee! Have you any coffee moments to share? I would love to hear them.

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