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I meant to tell you that there would be a break in blog posts as I was going on holidays but I was caught up with final preparations and forgot to do a post.

So, here I am on the other side of the world and just wanted to let you know that I am still blogging, albeit on a different site.  You can follow along with my UK adventures on Somewhere, Anywhere.

We have just spent two nights with friends in south Wales and you can read about it on the travel blog.  This was particularly special because we are friends as a direct result of this blog and a close connection formed as a result of our common interests.

People write blogs for all sorts of reasons – as a diary, to make money, to promote their business and so on.  I started my blog as a way of recording my thoughts and particular interests and hopefully to connect with like-minded individuals and share ideas.

Meeting someone on the other side of the world, whom I regard as a good friend and who I have been lucky enough to meet in person on two occasions has been a real joy. I am truly grateful for her friendship.

You never know what is on the other side of that door………….

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Beyond Trump

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I stumbled upon this video and want to share it with you.  Thanksgiving is an American tradition but most of us are aware of some of the traditions that go along with it.  There is much more to it than turkey – it is about giving thanks, being grateful for what we have.  Perhaps we could all do with a little more gratitude in our lives and we would be less seduced by the rhetoric being peddled in the examples shown in the video.

 

After watching this several times and many of the associated negative comments, the thing that struck me is that the 3 politicians featured are from first world countries where the population was predominately Caucasian.

People who don’t believe the statistics quoted are only looking at the world from their own perspective and not accepting or embracing the fact that there may actually be a bit more equality in the world in terms of life expectancy, democracies and education.  We have a long way to go but this gives me heart.

What are you grateful for?  Can gratitude engender resilience?

Forever Grateful

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Today I was stopped in my tracks when I was reading online about the health challenges of one family.  I do not know them personally but it made me think about all of the people I am aware of who face enormous health challenges every single day.  I am reminded of how blessed we and our extended family are to enjoy good health and be able to participate in pretty well whatever activity we choose.

A lovely quote from one of my favourite authors.

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And finally, something to consider.

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Blessed

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Once you post a new entry on your blog it is out there for the world to read.  I sometimes wonder who reads what I write and what they actually think of it.  I am not alone in finding that those who comment represent a minute proportion of those who read.  However, the identity and thoughts of most of my readers will continue to be a mystery.

Since I have been blogging, I tend to find a lot more blogs that I read.  Some are like old friends that I diligently seek out every time there is a new post, others less regularly and many that just capture my interest with one post.  Many have an underlying theme of struggling.  This may be financial, health or relationships.  For some, the struggle appears to define them but others it seems to be an ever-present shadow lurking in the background.

The more I read, the more grateful I am for what I have.  We are both employed, have a roof over our heads and plenty of food.  Severe chronic or terminal illness is not part of our world.  I maintain good relationships with family and friends.

In other words, we have the freedom to make choices about how we live rather than it being driven by the need to deal with issues that constantly threaten our physical or mental well-being.  For that I am forever grateful.

Itis easy to take much of what you have for granted.  Blogging and connecting with others’ blogs adds to my awareness.

What are you grateful for in your life?