Friday, November 2, 2018

Practicing Gratitude

There's double the reason for practicing gratitude today. It's time Friday Fave Five and it's the month of November, the month of Thanksgiving.

Haven't we all had those times when we feel like we've been dished out more of the hard stuff than other people, and wonder why? No matter what your situation, it's all in how you look at it. There's a story about Mr. Rogers that's become well-known. His mother used to advise him, in scary or tragic times, look for the helpers. I tell my kids that if you look for good things, you'll find them. And the same is true if you focus on the bad things, you'll find those, too.

I love this challenge on Fridays, to look for the blessings.

~~ Last weekend, I spent a delightful couple of hours with my Auntie Ann. We went to lunch, then scoped out the new Hobby Lobby, followed by a visit to our favorite place -- Barnes and Noble:)  We came home armed with new magazines, and I bought Christmas cards. 

~~ That same afternoon, I spent a luxurious hour with a cup of tea and the latest issue of one of my favorite magazines. I read it from cover to cover, all in one sitting. A simple thing? maybe, but it felt self-indulgent and restful.

~~ We celebrated our friend's birthday at The Old Spaghetti Factory. One of the best things in life, being with friends you have loved for years, laughing and sharing good food. I anticipated the time together all day.

~~ Finished a wonderful book -- Barbara Wright's Plain Language. Against the dramatic setting of the Colorado eastern plains during the 1930s Dust Bowl era, a newly wed couple who are middle-aged and both having lived independent lives, try to save their ranch. They learn a lot about each other and themselves. 

~~ Brooklynn and Bentley were over on Halloween, and they always give us something to laugh about. Dan was handing out candy to the trick-r-treaters and the kids were helping. Brooklynn (3) carefully gave each costumed visitor two pieces of candy, as Dan instructed. Bentley (2) holding on to his own treat bag, picked out two pieces of candy, giving one to the trick-r-treater, and putting the other in his own bag. He was quickly dismissed from the job.

Hope your week had some special moments, too.


Melinda said...

Great post!
I will admit that right now I am having some trouble focusing on the good. We have sooooo much going on at school that it has invade my cherry disposition and clouded up my thought process. Trying very very hard to change that.
Love the candy story!

The book sounds good too.

Take care.

M : )

Barbara H. said...

Your time with your aunt sounds like so much fun! I don't get many magazines, but it does feel so luxurious to set aside time with one. I have not heard of the Old Spaghetti Factory, but it sounds like a great place - especially with friends! Funny story about the candy!

Mereknits said...

You have such a beautiful attitude Karen, I love that about you. Happy weekend!

Faith said...

The only magazines i buy now are hiking ones/Adirondack Mountain Club ones or cooking mags. I've never heard of Breathe but because that is my constant hashtag on Instagram ( I'm under he name mtlovr) and because Sabbath rest ( time to breathe with God) is so important to me, i will have to look for it!! Sounds like a lovely day when th your aunt.

How fun to have your grandchildren visit on Halloween.

Enjoy the weekend!

Wendy said...

Grandchildren put a whole new focus on things. I'm all for finding a quiet few minutes and picking up a magazine and a cup of tea.

Melanie said...

I am trying to focus on the good things in every day, though I admit, I struggle with this - especially in the fall and winter. They are very depressing months for me. I have lost so many loved ones in the fall, including my son, my father, and my mother-in-law. Add in a dose of Seasonal Affective Disorder and well, let's just say I much prefer spring and summer. Not that I don't find blessings in day-to-day living or that I'm not grateful. Just that it's hard. I really enjoyed reading about the pleasures you have found in your days lately. I'm very much like you, where I love going to B&N and browsing through the magazines and then perhaps indulging in one of the pricier ones, such as Breathe. I love that magazine, too!

Dianna said...

I'm so glad that you had time with your Auntie Ann, Karen. I'm sure she enjoyed it as much as you did.

I clicked on the link of your favorite it and am going to check into getting a subscription. Thank you for sharing that.

And that Bentley! How very cute. I guess at the age of two one has to look out for one's self. :)

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you, my friend. xx

Susanne said...

Hahaha Bentley made me laugh out loud. Gotta give the child props for trying. Love Old Spaghetti Factory! Love your paragraph on looking for the good but also looking for the bad. Have a great week.

Willow said...

That books sounds like one I'd enjoy. I'll look for it at my library.
Oh Bentley--such a two year old thing to do!
I love your comment (it is a quote?) about looking for good things or looking for bad things, you'll find them.
Wasn't Mr. Rogers' mother a wise woman?