Be thankful Friday…

Errr… “YEAH’ – i KNOW it’s Tuesday!

But KIM asked me to join her contest and i said i would but i have been sucking at maintaining my ‘regular’ schedule lately and i have gotten a little behind (first time in YEARS – i don’t DO ‘diets’ lol) πŸ™‚

So a week and a bit late and without the button link… back to Kim’s (please – drop by and say i said “Hi” from me anyway) πŸ™‚ post…

What i have to be thankful for (this week and most days of LIFE in Australia):

A Mother, who, although getting on a little in years and has fewer operating parts than when she gave me Birth is still as loving and giving and only a little bit ‘crankier’ than ever – love you Mum. πŸ™‚

A body that although getting on a little bit in years has provided me with almost half a century of ‘faithful’ service, in the main, in ‘faultless’ condition despite some less than perfect self-maintenance at times. ( i could have done without the gall stone and the kidney stones but – not that i am complaining here – i have got off lightly so far – compared to billlions. πŸ™‚ )

Two Eyes that frequently open wide with the wonder of it all – Life on earth (and beyond);that have seen much and have allowed me to see things i never could have drreamed possible – and all without glasses! And that have at times wept, many times from pain, but equally many from overwhelming love and Joy.

Two ears that have heard so much that has brought great pleasure, wisdom, some sadness and much Love – music is truly a wondrous thing as can be the human voice and the ideas it is capable of expressing – particularly when the words spoken come from the heart.

Two arms and hands that have performed almost faultlessly (typo’s excepted) – even if mostly my will and not (yet) His. This may change over the remaining years of life. The wonder of Touch is something often overlooked and yet is an invaluable part of my learning – and loving… and Giving.

Two legs and feet that have been as efficient as my hands and arms and yet have probably had to do ‘more’ work for less ‘reward’. Cycling has been a major part of my life since moving to Australia for most of my 40 years here., improving and maintainig health ( for a long time) as well as allowing me to see much i would otherwise have missed in my city – and my country and life in general. I am truly thankful to the ‘flesh and bone’ of which i have been given such a great ‘gift’.

A Brain that ‘puts it all together’ down here for me to have some chance of figuring it all out and reaching ‘up there’ – one day – with luck and effort and making the ‘right’ Choice.

A heart that, if truly worthy, may just be my Saving Grace; one that has managed to be so blessed – particularly NOW – at this time in my life, possibly moreso than at any other time; one that is still able to be surprised and amazed and has not yet become so hardened that it forgot where it came from nor how it got here or is ungrateful for ANY/ALL of ‘it’.

My Friends, past and present, each of whom have invariably given me more than i felt i managed to return to them – maybe i should try harder? To any reading this… you are loved more than you even know. And i am VERY thankful to have made your friendship – if only for a ‘moment’ in time.

My Aunt, who i feel was a large part responsible for making me the person i am today – with a very inquisitive and ‘searching’ mind – i owe her a deep gratitude.

For any of a thousand things/events/people that transpired in some way in my life this week alone that made an ‘ordinary’ day into an extraordinary second, minute or hour.

And for ALL of the Blessings He Bestows me – whether i ‘recognise’ and praise them at the time – or not. πŸ™‚

Amen.

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55 thoughts on “Be thankful Friday…

  1. What a beautiful post! Thanks for getting to this, as I know summer can put all kinds of time contraints on us all. I’m sure I just mis-spelled that…but that’s okay. I was so happy to read this today on Tuesday…better late than never my friend. And better to follow up in your own time, than to promise to do something and never give it a second thought. I appreciate you so much!!!

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  2. I’m with Tam….I just want to give you a bil ‘ol hug too. I’d even throw in a kiss. πŸ˜‰ hehehe

    Seriously though, I really ♥ ya Love!

    This post was amazing! You are amazing!

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  3. Love, if it does take you some time to put together a post it is well worth the wait for all of your readers..

    You have a real gift for words.

    I am thankful for living in a time when I can meet so many great friends like you over the Internet.

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  4. Well, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind both!

    Bwan? Tam?? i know you are not in any way competitive… but i like where Bwan was heading on this one πŸ˜‰

    And yes… i am a pushover for Hugs and Kisses πŸ™‚
    generally preferring them from ‘da ladies’ – Sorry Ed -will you settle for a warm handshake??

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  5. Sorry Sis – Debs.Am busy paying attention to other areas of my life for a time – Nothing ‘heavy’ but is keeping me happy

    means i don’t spend too much time blogging as i allowed myself before. 😦

    I do intend keeping Monday nights ‘free’ for blog/chat here if you can make it then?

    and if you can’t… Hope these will ‘do’ for ‘validations Sis…

    ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥
    ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥
    ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥ πŸ™‚ ♥

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  6. aawwww…thank you so much…they ‘do’ nicely.

    I’m glad to know the other areas of your life are keeping you happy. What a balanced man you must be. It’s good to know.

    Now…where do I get some of that…?

    ♥ you too, Love. πŸ˜€

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  7. i have a post idea for you. how about an update on the no more fat ass people blah, blah, blah… challenge???

    i luuuuuuuuuuu’uv you πŸ˜€

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  8. Bwan? The avatar… i think it’s the eyebrow! πŸ˜‰ and play nice now – there’s more than enough love to go around – no rumbling – unless it’s in jello and i get a ringside seat! 😯 πŸ˜‰

    Tam?? i think i heard Bwan call you ‘past it’??? ..and something about ‘no contest, take her down and breast feed O at the same time’??? Maybe i mis-heard her?:-D

    Where did i put my giant box of pocorn?? πŸ˜‰

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  9. I have to applaud you for your restraint on blog time Love, but really dear, time for a new one!! πŸ˜‰ I can’t live on Monday nights alone!! I need something in the week to read! πŸ˜†

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  10. wha chelle!??? no?!!! that cannot happen again. i will meet you here Monday night! wait. you prob want Love πŸ˜•

    ahhhh, dont we all πŸ˜‰

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  11. Hi Love! Long time no visit…I’ve not been on much either. But your post was so warm and fuzzy:) Made me remember how thankful I am for all of my bloggy pals, including you! Just wanted to send some love over to Love today;)

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  12. KELLEEEEEEEY! πŸ™‚

    love LOVES me some GOOD loving πŸ™‚

    Am very glad you dropped ny and let me know!

    When i get my sorry butt into somthing aproaching Organisation i am going to make sure i visit more often – visit everyone to share the love πŸ™‚

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  13. Sis??? we missed you??? maybe because we are all fithy rotten stop-ups and did not make it here for chat until about 9pm your time??

    If your mom gives you permission to stay up that late next Monday you willl have a VERY warm welcome for sure πŸ™‚

    ALL welcome – Monday – late-ish! Hit the ‘Chat’ tab up top! πŸ™‚

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  14. Tam won the first round ( she’s sneaky and loaded with ‘experience’) but you got the better of her in rounds two and three B ( Tam’s a great teacher huh? πŸ˜‰ )

    there is probably something a teeny bit ‘unhealthy’ in all this…. but it’s my dream… can’t wait to see how it turns out??

    Zzzzzzz… πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

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