Hello, glad and grateful readers—it’s time for the Glad Game! If you’re new here, it’s based on Pollyanna’s “game” of finding the silver linings in less than happy circumstances. Our world, currently beset by dreadful pandemic, is challenged to stay positive…posting gratitude lists help keep me focused, even if some items become redundant🙂
I’m amazed by, and proud of, all the bloggers who are doing a fabulous job sharing “good stuff”. Be it humor, photos, heartwarming vignettes—we’ve rallied to be supportive of one another, and recognize everyday heroes who are out in full force. Whether it’s the indomitably resilient human spirit, faith in the Sovereign God, or a nice combination of both—many of us are not just surviving, but thriving in a plethora of creative ways. So, pat yourself on the back!
a) April’s almost over…am I glad, grateful? Not overly, I love National Poetry Month—but I hope to dial things down a bit in May🙂
b) That said, I’m thankful for my God-given passion to write…a gift that keeps giving.
c) I’m equally grateful for my love of cooking/baking. It’s creative and therapeutic. When I’m stirring a pot of soup, smothered okra, or sauce for lasagna—mind and hands are busy, allowing wrinkles in my thoughts to smooth out. The senses are alive: fragrant spices; varicolored beans, red tomato paste; tasting flavors; pasta texture. And, satisfaction when meal is ready…ahh, heavenly!
d) Continuing on food topic, I found a recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars—tough times demand dessert! They sound easy, delish (oats are healthy🙂)…I’ll report back, as to success🙂
e) As many are discovering, there are distinctive benefits to the abrupt changes in “normal life”. Sure, some things are annoy, stressful—for me, some stresses have been temporarily delayed. Living in subsidized housing, I generally endure one or more annual “inspections”; this year we may skate by due to closed offices, distancing mandates. I’m so thankful I might do Snoopy’s Happy Dance!
f) In the last couple years I’ve felt the press of, and need for assistance with, ageing issues. I’m gifted in “denial”, so the process of reaching out has been slow and bumpy. Good days, I don’t want help. Days when I’m kinda falling apart, making calls to collect information, and indecision, can be overwhelming…exacerbated by limited services and choices for those of low-income status. So, I’m grateful to be in discussions now (by phone) with a friendly young woman who is facilitating info-gathering to find an advocate, and plan that will serve me satisfactorily.
This requires courage to trust others, surrender a measure of coveted self-reliance. Isn’t it funny/strange how you can be racing ahead, progressing in one area…yet remain stuck and scared in another?
g) I’m thankful again for ALL God’s blessings—especially, that He hand-picked a woman who became my sister (standing in for biological ones lost to estrangement). She’s a blogger I met in 2011, our long-distance relationship is via emails…yet our bond is titanium-strong due to personalities which mesh, similar humor, and like-mindedness in our Christian faith. We both have life-challenges—but over nearly a decade, we’ve developed good communication and mutual emotional support.
Sometimes geographical distance is tough…we’d like to be next door, hug and see each other face-to-face. Nothing in life is perfect—but “close enough” (silver lining) can mean the difference between a full, rewarding life, and floundering despair. I treasure Deb’s commitment to me, our friendship, and I thank her often.
That’s this week’s grateful-list…and I can’t close without thanking my readers again. Covid-19 has made many of us more than mere blog “followers”…I’ve received a cherished position as “Auntie L” in several families around the globe. I’m near to hearts, but not so close I get on their nerves (hopefully)—and that’s a very good thing!
God bless you all. Much love, Rhen/”Z”/Auntie L♥
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