Today I am thankful for delays. I know that may sound weird, but there have been so many close calls in my life, times when if I had not been delayed then I could have been in harms way. How many times have you been running late for work, only to pass an accident on the way that happened just moments before?
I am thankful for other delays as well. There have been times when I didn’t get to go somewhere on a trip only to have the weather turn bad. There have been times when I thought I had landed the perfect job, only to find at the last minute that they chose someone else. There have been times when I have been stuck in the same place wanting to move forward and finding that I just couldn’t seem to get a handle on things until later on when suddenly it seemed everything just fell into place.
I don’t have any answers for why we are delayed at times. It can be frustrating and disappointing, but I believe everything happens for a reason. When we are delayed then there is a reason that we may or may not ever be made aware of. Now days I have learned to pay more attention if one thing after another goes wrong I have learned to question, if there are odd events and delays along the way I will sometimes opt out of going to the event. If there are that many red flags then there must be a reason.
Sometimes I thank God for the delays, because the delays caused me to miss the storm. Life is a learning experience, be thankful for all the lessons and insight it has to offer.
Cherry Coley (c)
Oh to see a rose, to smell the fragrance, touch the soft petals, look at the rich color. What a beautiful reminder of what our senses are for.
Today I am thankful for the senses. What a gift to have each of them. I am thankful for the sight I do have, although it wouldn’t be near as good without my contacts or glasses. I am thankful for the options we have to improve our sight as well.
I am thankful for the ability to see, hear, taste, touch, and speak. In the last few years my mom had a terrible time with her eyes and ears. Her eyes would close involuntarily which made it challenging for her to read, cook, walk and too dangerous for her to drive. She also had Meniere’s disease which affects balance and hearing. She had many side effects and illnesses caused by large doses of the chemotherapy she had years previously.
In listening to her try to deal with these frustrations, I came to appreciate when there were good days much more as well as be grateful for my own senses and the ability to help.
Nothing in life should be taken for granted, though it is human nature to do just that. We take for granted things that we have always had or that have always been there, only noticing how much they meant to us if something happens and they are damaged or lost.
Take a moment to appreciate the gift of your senses, even if you don’t have all of them, be thankful for what you have and put them to good use while taking good care of them.
Cherry Coley (c)
Today I am thankful for sleep. Sleep is something we all need and crave more of at times. There’s nothing that can take the place of a soft pillow and a warm blanket after a long day.
I love the luxury of a pillow top mattress and that there are so many types of mattresses to choose from. We really are spoiled with all the choices of pillows, comforters, and sheets available. We take our rest and sleep very seriously.
I am thankful to be able to rest and recharge, to close my eyes and drift away to another place where possibilities are endless and flying is possible without an airplane. I am thankful to have a place to sleep safely at night.
Sleep is truly a gift so our bodies have a chance to rest, recuperate and make a fresh start. We do the majority of our growing and healing in our sleep.
I have often envied the cat and his ability to sleep most the day and night. Then again, even though I enjoy sleeping I wouldn’t want to spend all my time dreaming, there’s a lot of living still to do.
Cherry Coley ©
This year it was a time for the retail stores to promote their latest wears and sales, to tempt shoppers to choose between time with family and rushing to the stores. How sad that it has come to this. What about the workers in the stores who really wanted to stay home with their families, but were told they had to come in?
I don’t like how commercial Thanksgiving was this year. It is disappointing and disturbing. Not only that, but it shows how commercial Christmas has become. In surveys taken there were 48% of the people who now wish they could just skip Christmas. Why? Because it’s become a time of greed, seeing what you can ask for and get for Christmas, trying to out do each other on presents, and racing out to get the latest toys.
I love the holidays. I love the traditions we had growing up and have fought to keep them alive. Our family doesn’t have all the latest technology, or the highest priced items. We don’t go into debt for 6 months to pay for Christmas presents that are over the top, or spend until all the savings are gone.
So today, I am thankful I grew up at a time when Thanksgiving was about getting together with family and enjoying the time spent listening to each other. I am thankful I grew up believing in the magic of Christmas as well as the true meaning and remembering the first birthday of Jesus. I am thankful for Christmas eve church services with Christmas carols, and a quiet thankful spirit.
I remember many soft and quiet winter nights watching the lights on the Christmas tree, with Bing Crosby playing in the background.
Today I am thankful for family traditions, may they live on in spite of commercialism. It is my hope that we will slow down and take the time to remember, Christmas is not about the gifts, Thanksgiving is not about the food, both holidays are about one things only and without that thing, they become hollow – empty. Thanksgiving and Christmas are about love, honest and true, caring and kind, love.
Cherry Coley (c)
Today I am thankful for accountability. Accountability plays a big part in our lives. It’s a wonderful thing to have people who are accountable for their own choices and actions in life. Those are the people who are not the one’s causing drama, pointing fingers, blaming others, and whining constantly because things aren’t the way they planned.
Being an accountable person means taking responsibility for your choices, decisions, actions, thoughts, and words among other things. We need more people who hold themselves accountable and live up to a higher standard.
I am thankful to finally realize what being accountable means and to be able to study and grow as a person. Life is so much more than having a positive attitude, or spouting a bunch of inspirational quotes. Becoming accountable is taking responsibility for yourself and your life and it’s a journey that changes and grows over time.
Life is much for enjoyable and fulfilling when you are in charge of your own decisions and own up to your own mistakes.
Cherry Coley ©
Today I am thankful for choices. I love the fact that we have so many choices each day, starting with our attitude. We can choose to be happy, choose how we approach the day ahead and choose the direction our day will go.
Even if you have a day when everything seems to fall apart, you keep making mistakes, or other people get on your nerves, you still have the ability to choose how you will respond.
Choices are among the most important things we have available to us. Our choices will lead to decisions that over time will show others who we are and what we stand for.
Today celebrate your ability to make choices. There is always hope when there are choices to be made and there are always choices to be made. Today choose to have a cheery attitude, choose to share your time with others, choose to make a difference, choose.
Cherry Coley ©
Today I am thankful for the seasons. How appropriate that we would have Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. When I think of the seasons I think of the trees and a story my dad used to tell me.
There is a Native American story of a chief that had 4 sons. His sons were very impatient and reckless. He wanted to show them the meaning of life, that patience is important and to not judge things too quickly.
So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up. If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and fulfillment of your fall.
I am thankful for the seasons in life and the wonderful examples God gave us to look at. Pay attention, be patient and don’t judge too quickly, but most of all enjoy each season as it comes.
Cherry Coley (c)
Today I am thankful for glitter and sparkly decorations. I just love glittery things. You can add a little glitter on something and it just becomes fun.
I used to love buying the glittery t-shirts, when you put them on the glitter would somehow wind up on your skin and hair making you look like a faery got ahold of you at some point.
We still like glitter on our Christmas tree and ornaments. We add white glitter to make figurines and ornaments look like there is snow. There are even greeting cards with glitter added in to give them that little extra something to grab your attention and make you smile.
Little girls love glitter on hair bows, purses, and shoes. There are whole collections of glittery sticker designs.
Humans have had a love of glitter since ancient Egypt where they used the ground up iridescent shells of beetles as part of their cosmetics. Even before that there is evidence select minerals were used in prehistoric times for cosmetics. Glitter as we know it was born in America after WWII by a cattle farmer named Ruschmann who found a market for scrap material ground into glitter made of plastics.
I love glitter because there’s just something about it that makes you think of magic and it makes me smile. I love glitter because it’s pretty! Today be thankful for glitter.
Cherry Coley ©
I am thankful for organization. Okay, so I could definitely use more organization in my life, but I am very thankful for it anyway!
I am thankful that there are people with the knack to organize and that they take the time to share their tips and discoveries with the public. People with the organizational mindset are the reason we have some wonderful organization devices and options available now.
I love that our refrigerators are organized into sections for lunchmeat, fresh veggies, and fruit and there is a place to put drinks as well, someone with a mind for organization thought of that.
When things are properly organized they are better taken care of, easy to access and use, and time is saved because you know immediately where the item you seek is.
I’m thankful for things like page numbers in books because otherwise it would be harder to find where you are if your bookmark falls out. It would also be hard to tell how many pages there were unless you sat and counted them.
I am thankful for “to do” lists because they keep me moving forward and at the end of a hard day when I feel like I haven’t accomplished all that much, I can look at my “to do” list and see that I have made some progress after all – an person with a mind for organization probably came up with that idea too.
I have found out many useful tips from my friends with organizational type blogs. The other day I learned to fold sheets in a very nice and professional way, even the bottom sheet which used to wind up looking rather lumpy and odd looking in the linen cabinet.
I learned from my mom how a garden should be laid out – though I am not in a place to garden at present, someday soon I hope to be.
Organization touches our lives every day in so many ways it would be impossible to name them all. Take a moment to be thankful that we don’t live in a world of complete chaos because we have people with organized minds.
Cherry Coley ©
I love walking into a candy store and smelling the sweet flavors in the air, and the way different candy stores smell. The smell of a salt water taffy shop is sugary elation, but it cannot come close to walking into a chocolatiers like Godiva. The smell of chocolate is sensual and sweetly intoxicating.
There are many fond memories associated with candy, from shopping for it and trying it in the candy shops to making it in the kitchen at home. Candy is not just sweet to the taste, but a treat to make memories. I am thankful to have sweet memories and plan to make many more.
Cherry Coley ©