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Monday Musings and Motivations, Part Two — Gratitude

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Here it is, the second installment of my Monday Motivations.  This one has to do with gratitude.  I’ve haphazardly kept a gratitude journal over the years, but it tends to go by the wayside when things get busy.  The reason I decided to blog in the first place was to motivate myself to write — something, anything every day.  It’s worked, whether I post a blog or not, I’m writing.

Some of my blogs get more notice than others and I try to figure out why that is.  Then I remember that my little blog will go unnoticed at times because people are busy or maybe something I write just doesn’t strike a chord.  Hopefully, this one will.

Below are a few things I’m grateful for today:

On the boardwalk one morning….

My health — I take it for granted sometimes, but for the past few days I’ve strolled on the boardwalk.  I saw a older gentleman who was walking with a walker, barely, but he was doing it.  All by himself.  If he can, I can.  I’ve got no complaints whatsoever.

My family — My husband is the best human being I’ve ever met; he’s a fantastic cook and brings me coffee in bed every single day.  My Mom, Dad, sisters, nieces and nephews aren’t nearby but they’re healthy, amazing people and we’re a very close-knit group.  And, I have to mention my dogs, Baxter and Sophie.  Yes, I’m one of those people that treat their pets like people — I swear they can understand me when I talk to them.

My Grandmothers’ Quilts:  I have two of them, one from my Mom’s side and one from my Dad’s.  They’re soft, beautiful and were made the old-fashioned way.  A big group of ladies had a quilting party and sewed the squares by hand.  How great is that?  My grandmothers aren’t in the physical world anymore, but this part of them is.

Books:  The real ones with pages and weight.  I have several, paper and hard-back and they’re in every room of my home.

P.S. (A fellow/blogger/friend/follower just wrote a blog about World Book Night, something I’ve not heard of before.  Visit Scribbling in the Storage Room for more info.  What a great idea!)

Creative and Artistic Abilities:  I get these from my parents.  When I was growing up, my mother could look a picture in a magazine and make a dress or whatever from that, cutting the pattern from a newspaper if she had to.  My Dad could fix and/or build anything and he paints.  I can buy a piece of what looks like junk from a flea market/vintage store and transform it — much of my furnishings are renovations I’ve done.  I’m a pretty good artiste myself, several of my “originals” hang in my home.  I’d like to think I’m a pretty good writer too — I’ve enjoyed a career at it for some time now.

Nature, animals and babies:  All of them make me smile, laugh and believe in miracles.

My faith:  It wavers sometimes, but it’s always there and part of who I am.

My belief in humanity:  I believe most people are good and that the world is wondrous.

Music:  No explanation necessary.

You:  If you’ve read this far, thank you — all the comments I’ve received since I began this, the followers I have and what I’ve learned from reading your writings have inspired me.

Photo credits:  Happy Monday

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6 thoughts on “Monday Musings and Motivations, Part Two — Gratitude

  1. Brigitte,
    You are right that it’s good to step back and be thankful for things accomplished or what one has. In a world that is fame and fortune driven, people get way caught up in their own goals or aspirations. It’s better to be optimistic than pessimistic.
    As far as some entries getting more attention than others, I think it’s kind of luck. If you happen to write about a topic people are searching for, than you’ll get views outside of your network.
    Your blog is good and positive, so keep wrting for sure,
    Matt

    Posted by mallisonwhat | April 23, 2012, 5:46 pm
  2. A worthy posting for sure, Brigitte. I think there may be a seasonal thing at play here too. The weather is getting nicer, and I think folks are getting out more (and reading less). I’ve been geting outdoors more and haven’t been keeping up-to-date with my reading. Also, trying to balance my energies so I actually accomplish something significant every day. Seems a difficult task lately. Difficult to focus. Wondering what it is I’m trying to achieve and if it is the right path. Doubt. Doubt. And more doubt. Perhaps that is where the gratitiude comes in. Even if we are having trouble being everything we wish to be, we can take time to look at the day from a different perspective.

    Happy Monday. :)

    Posted by finally_write | April 24, 2012, 1:08 am
    • Hey Sue, Yes, it’s that time of year. I know exactly what you mean about doubt…been doing that some myself lately. I try to remind myself I wouldn’t be “here” if things didn’t work out the way they did so I must be on the right path. Trust yourself and it will out work out the way it’s supposed to. Nice to here from you and I hope you have an inspiring, doubt-free week! :).

      Posted by Brigitte | April 24, 2012, 12:44 pm
  3. Your blog is alive. Such wonderful creativity. :)

    Posted by floatingwiththebreeze | April 27, 2012, 12:36 am

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