Hello Glad-Gamers! Happily we’ve made it to another weekend, the world still turning despite life’s vagaries. For the benefit of new visitors, the Glad Game originated in the classic children’s book, Pollyanna—about the girl who wisely learned early to look for the positive in any less-than situation (or person) and be “glad”.
I discovered, “better late than never”, that gratitude is key to maintaining soul’s contentment. So, here’s my list this week.
a) Spurred on by inspiring followers, I decided it was time to “get physical” with my partner, “O’Mercy” (treadmill, pictured above). It’s manual, can’t be too dangerous…and due to space constraints it’s parked in the living room, partially beneath the “blessed” dining table. I realized last night that, if needed, I can briefly rest my butt against the table edge. Gratitude🙂
b) And I’m thankful to have thought ahead and ordered a super fan (it even matches the black treadmill). This was divine inspiration, as my primary complaint regarding physical exercise is sweating—“ladies don’t sweat, they glow”, so the saying goes…but I sweat, and it’s icky. So I’ll crank up the fan as I walk my way to better health…if not a svelte new figure🙂
c) Grateful also for the Public Utility Dept’s free calendar. Pretty ones adorn the walls, this one’s plain/practical, where I’ll record each day’s time ‘communing’ with O’Mercy—minutes, maybe step count. Last night was Day 1…the clock said 9:20 pm, I figured I could go 10 minutes. Hah! I managed 5—better than zero. Perhaps I’ll do 5 min/day for a few days, till the old-bod recovers from shock🙂
According to saved calendar, I purchased O’Mercy in September 2014…uh-huh…it was Full Moon, and I was gung-ho for 10 days before the novelty wore off. I did 20-30 min/day, sweating like a farm animal—a fair cardio workout. That was 6 years ago, I think I’ll take a more reasonable approach this time.
d) FYI, there will be NO discussion of dieting at this juncture. The idea is not to kill myself all at once🙂 Last night I ate like there’d be no Tomorrow…who knows?
e) Although the “zoom” meeting on Wednesday failed, I’m thankful the facilitator had a back-up plan, i.e., 3-way conference phone call. I’ve owned 2 Lenovo laptops with microphone issues: they say they have internal microphones…perhaps it’s “operator failure” (nothing I attempted to tweak helped one iota). Easily frustrated and discouraged, I frowned the rest of the day.
However, the third party (not facilitator) also experienced difficulty (she had audio, no video), so I didn’t feel entirely like a tech-osaurus–and we did accomplish the meeting’s purpose. Stress/irritability aside, I’m glad and grateful. I may order an external microphone…in case life requires more zooming while we all await Corona’s end.
f) I’m a happy-thankful-camper to have checked off “laundry done”, and “grocery trip without incident”…and I remain pleased with furniture rearrangement, though I forget I’ve moved certain things. The plus side: more steps accumulated as I backtrack…if I walk while pondering!
g) Beyond grateful…I recalled where I’d squirreled away an adapter plug, for use with new fan and extension cord.
h) Greatly thankful for intermittent rain showers…a nearby homeowner lights frequent bonfires in his yard…smoke fills up my apartment. I’m grateful for sympathetic email replies from local Fire District person. Difficulty breathing is distressing.
i) I’m enjoying an Amazon Prime trial, for speedier free-shipping and Prime Video. This is a mixed blessing, as I’m a movie addict…which limits hours for such things as sleeping. I multi-task, but it’s still time-consuming to scroll through movie menu for something worth watching. So this may prove a “temporary thankful”.
j) As always, I’m more than grateful for God’s abundant considerations and provision—which include my blog family. I think of, pray for you each day/night…particularly when I’m cooking/baking, wishing you could come over and feast! Maybe someday in the “sweet by and by”. For now, remember I’m holding you in my heart—and appreciate your thoughts throughout the week.
May God bless you hugely with His protection, provision and Presence of Peace, as we continue moving through this troubled season which “came to pass, not to stay!”
Take courage, be of good cheer ~ Love, Auntie L💝
Text & photos: ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.