A round up of things that I'm feeling thankful for ... Concentrating on good and joyful things is helpful as I learn to navigate my way through life without mum. We started clearing through her things this weekend. Which was sad, sobering, weird and a whole host of other emotions I can't even begin to describe. One step forward and two steps back.
Of course, something’s go without saying. Just because I haven't mentioned Rev T or the Tubblet doesn't mean I'm not thankful for them! And we're all particularly thankful this week as the Tubblet got one of the two secondary schools she wanted.
The great out doors
Some of my friends are country mice and love going for long walks, listening to bird song etc. I'm a town mouse. I panic if there is more grass than concrete and no car sounds. But fresh air makes me feel brighter and healthier. (Just wish it made me feel warmer!) The picture above is of some lavender fields in Surrey. Sadly, this blog doesn't come with smello-vision so you'll just have to imagine the wonderful lavender smell.
Those words ...
When we went to see Elbow, they were recording the concert. Guy Garvey reminded us, and himself, not to use those words. But sometimes, those words are the only ones that will do. Used like seasoning, those words spice up the conversation and make the point like no others can.
Have I mentioned that we went to see Elbow recently?! Hearing a song you love played live - really well - makes the hairs at the back of your neck stand up. Especially when you're singing along with a few hundred of your new best friends.
I'm not good at silence, but I'm trying to learn how to appreciate it. Dallas Willard, quoting a young Christian who was growing in the discipline of silence for the first time, wrote: “The more I practice this discipline, the more I appreciate the strength of silence. The less I become sceptical and judgmental, the more I learn to accept the things I didn’t like about others, and the more I learn to accept them as uniquely created in the image of God. The less I talk, the fuller are words spoken at an appropriate time. The more I value others, the more I serve them in small ways, and the more I enjoy and celebrate my life".
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