Monday, January 20, 2014

Gratitude And Other Thoughts

I hope your January is going well. It’s been ridiculously cold and snowy here, but today the sun is shining. The temperature program on my computer says it’s 43 degrees. It’s supposed to get freezing cold again this week, but for today we’ll enjoy what we have.

That’s the point of gratitude – appreciating and being thankful for what we have. Even if things are bad (and we all have plenty of "bad"!) there are things for which to be grateful. Do you keep a gratitude journal? I had often thought of doing one, but just hadn’t started for some reason. At Christmas, though, I got the “nudge” that I needed – my sister gave me a lovely notebook specifically for that purpose. I’ve been pretty good with it, but some days I only have 1 or 2 things to write down instead of the typical 3! And I’ll admit I’ve skipped a couple of days. The idea of journaling, though, is to help us look at our lives and our situations with an open mind and to recognize all the little things that make life special. Even if it’s just a hot cup of tea on a cold day, it’s something to savor and enjoy.

Gratitude is not becoming a “Pollyana” – it’s simply living our lives with a positive attitude and bringing those little things that touch us to the forefront.
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“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”
(Sarah Ban Breathnach)

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
(Albert Einstein)
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Please feel free to comment below, and I will seriously consider all suggestions.
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Today is Martin Luther King Day, National Day of Service, *Camcorder Day, *Penguin Awareness Day, *Inauguration Day and *National Disc Jockey Day.

For the remainder of the week:

Tuesday: Inauguration Day, National Hugging Day and *Squirrel Appreciation Day. (Rocky, we still love you!)

Wednesday: *Celebration of Life Day

Thursday: *National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day and Women’s Healthy Weight Day (we won’t talk about that one!)

Friday: *Belly Laugh Day, *National Compliment Day and *National Peanut Butter Day

Saturday: * A Room of One’s Own Day, *National Irish Coffee Day, National Seed Swap Day, Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day and Opposite Day
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Here’s a great rub recipe for pork – try it on ribs or pork roast!

PORK RUB

3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix well and store airtight.
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Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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