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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thankful Thursday 8/20/2015

I always try to sound positive when I write these entries because these entries are supposed to be positive. However, life is not all rainbows, butterflies, and positivity. There will be bad days and bad weeks. There might even be bad months or years. That is a normal part of life.

Yet, despite those bad days, weeks, months, and years, one should still be thankful and grateful for what they do have. I was chatting with a friend last night and something the friend said struck me:

I was VERY lucky to get home without being stranded. It will be a lot of money to get it fixed. But it could have been WAY WORSE. So, I think of it as a gift in a way because of that. So, yes, it was a good day.

Although there is a catastrophic event going on in their life, they still choose to see the positive things in life - things could always be worse. I admire that thinking because I always tend to see the catastrophic things, never the good things that are happening. Things could be way worse than what they actually are. I'm thankful for the things I do have.

I'm also thankful for the library and the members of the Senior Center, as well as all of my friends. Someone brought us roses last Friday - he wanted to thank the library for letting him speak about his book and giving him an audience. It was touching and beautiful.


12 comments:

  1. It felt like fall today...woo hoo!
    Pretty flowers.

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    1. Send that weather our way! It was hot, humid, but now it's raining. I hope the rain brings cooler weather!

      Thank you. It was a nice surprise to the library. :)

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  2. Hi, dear Jessica Marie! Over the years I have learned to model the behavior of successful people. I think and act as they do. Success is measured in different ways. One is the ability to take external stimuli - circumstances over which you have no control - and reframe them, give them a positive interpretation and become empowered. Even a catastrophic event can be reframed in this way. You may choose to remind yourself that you learned from it, that you summoned the resources to survive it and that it made you stronger.

    Happiness is overrated. That is another key principle that I learned along the way. Make it okay to experience an upset or to feel sad. Struggle with it, cover it up with drugs and alcohol, and it will linger. Acknowledge it, experience it out, and in time it will diminish and eventually vanish.

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    1. That's true, Shady! I went through something life altering, or it was life altering to say the least. For a year after it, I was very angry and I get that way from time to time. I've been learning to reframe my thinking. Of course, some days are more successful than others... but I am still learning.

      You're very right,I think we all learn from bad events. It is what helps us grow... if things were always good, we probably wouldn't learn and grow from them.I think the bad also helps us appreciate the good and sometimes through the bad, we can see who our true friends are.

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  3. There is something oddly comforting in knowing that no matter how bad things get, they can almost always be worse.

    The flowers are very pretty. I'm glad your friend is safe.

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    1. That is so true! I know there are days I have to remind myself of that - things could be MUCH worse than they are now.

      Me too. I'm thankful that a few of my friends are safe. Yes, those flowers were a nice surprise to us all. They were from a preacher - I think he just published a book and the library put his book in the collection. He also had a book chat. He was thankful for us.

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    2. Libraries are inherently wonderful. I'm thankful for you, too.

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    3. Thank you. I love working there, although I'm very part time.

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  4. The flowers are beautiful. It's nice to encounter appreciative people.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It is. ^_^ Those type of people make up for the awful ones.

      Love,
      Jessica

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  5. Sometimes it's hard not to be overwhelmed by sadness/negativity. :(

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