There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. – Ralph H Blum

I’m sitting back this Sunday evening and basking in the quiet joy of gratitude. I’m grateful for everything that makes my life what it is at this very moment. There are days when I feel a little frustrated with myself or with some situation, but those days are becoming less.

Earlier this year, I decided to take a divorce from drama and I found that it’s helping me be more grounded and grateful.

I’ve also deliberately cut myself off from certain individuals who while certainly not being bad people, tend to be sources of negative energy in my life.

This week I’ve enjoyed my blogging – writing, commenting and connecting. My thanks to all those who read, comment and share my posts. I’m always grateful.

We spent the weekend doing some necessary shopping and also using up some credit notes that I had been gifted. Thankfully, the weather was dry and we were able to do this without any hassle. I don’t like shopping – so it’s always a chore for me – and the fact that I pushed myself to do this, makes me grateful.

One of the things we bought was a travel set of Othello (like Reversi) – a game I played when I was young. We’ve been planning to play some simple board games every night after dinner. It makes a good change from us going back to our computers until bedtime.

I finally managed to do some creative journaling after two months and wondered why I had stopped at all. So much quiet joy to be found in playing around with paints and pens. I’m planning to sign up for an online course too, just to learn some techniques – the beginner’s mind in action here! 🙂

My YouTube watching this week included a serial about the FLDS cult. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you might know that cults fascinate me. Watching young men and women attempting to break from the mental shackles imposed on them, made me more mindful and grateful for my freedom and education.

While we seem to be surrounded by bad news at times, I love the many positive stories I’ve read this week. The two that come to mind are the story of the Egyptian millionaire, Naguib Sawiris, who is contemplating buying an island in Greece to accommodate Syrian refugees and Malyk Bonnet, the teen who saved a woman from kidnapping.

I’m also grateful to a be a part of various positive blogging outreaches including the #1000 Speak initiative.

 

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Linking to the hosts of Ten Things of Thankful : Considerings, Amycake and the DudeA Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine.

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Last month, I revived #AnythingGoesOnSunday – an invitation for you to add yours link for your Sunday posts to the linky below. No theme, no prompt – anything goes! However, I’d appreciate if you left a comment and visited at least two of the blogs linked before yours! The linky is will be open for the whole month.
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