Living Life With Gratitude ~ No. 2

Living Life With Gratitude ~ Please read the intro…
No. 1 ~ Enough Sunshine To Inspire Your Smile!

No. 2 ~ Enough Rain To Colour Your Life With Rainbows!
From the We Wish You Enough 2012 list!

The wonderful blessing to being sick, as I’ve been the last ten days… is how great I feel today. *Smile* Although my tummy is still a little tender and sore after clashing with a particularly ferocious tummy bug, and I’m just a little achy and sore still… I am definitely claiming victory today as I feel happy, and relaxed and I’m finding the funny side of life to inspire my laughter. *Grin*

Yesterday when I sat down at my computer… I knew I was feeling better, and although I continued to try and work and do chores last week when I was feeling so awful… I felt less inclined to follow this my normal course of action – doing as much as I can, come ill health or bad weather, on this particular Thursday. *Smile*

Even while I am sick, staying in bed past 8:30am in the morning is impossible for me to do… and the most comfortable place in the house is my now very old desk chair. ;)

My husband traded his multi-meter for this chair in 1992… and it was old then. It has a solid metal frame with solid wood armrests and finishes. The cats used the back as a scratching post for a while, I’m sure in revenge after some or other thing I had done, or not done… so it’s a little tattered and the padding and material are a bit worn and showing age… however this chair has moulded and shaped itself to fit me, and so it should, as we started my ‘computer’ career together, just after I started DTP, (Desk Top Publishing) ~ Oh, yes nearly 20 years ago. *Grin* I keep thinking I should send my chair to be re-upholstered, but what if they mess it up? So it stays a little tattered… and a little torn, covered by a very expensive blanket. *Grin*

Choosing to get comfortable in my chair on my day of recovery was obviously… an obvious choice. *Smile*

Since I was still feeling a bit weak… and a little lethargic, I didn’t do any work, I answered no email and I forgot about chores. So I wrote a little… challenged Jess to write a little, which she did beautifully producing her “Ready” poem.
[ Read More ]… and then I read.

Emails, blogs, online features… things I seldom do as I don’t have the time… and I laughed. Somehow, for a really good reason I went from reading one funny article, to finding another. Then I read a really funny email… and laughed while chatting to my hubby on the phone. It was a special day coloured with fun and laughter.

A gift I will always treasure.

For some people, this may seem natural… as they probably laugh often and really enjoy life. However for me, it’s truly a gift… as I’m at the bottom of the rung in our family when it comes to a sense of humour. Dave (my hubby), Wes (our eldest son soon to be 23) and Jess, (our 16 year old daughter) all have an incredible, amazing sense of humour, and really enjoy a positive, optimistic attitude. Jordy, (our 20 year old son), is more serious, however has an iniquitous satirical outlook on life, and I sometimes feel he is laughing, not so much with us, as at us. *Grin*

So, I am often looking on wondering what the joke is, and how I got left out… trying to figure out what’s so funny. When I ask… they all burst out laughing… and their laughter rings louder and harder when I get even just a little huffy. :)

After nearly 25 years of this, I have had to shed some of my seriousness and discover and cultivate a sense of humour… no easy task, however, it is getting better with age. *Grin*

Two of the articles I really enjoyed are too funny not to share, so I hope they inspire your laughter today.

First… just because I read it first… was, “Dating After 50: Revealing Secrets. Or not..” on Life in the Boomer Lane, I found it so funny I had to give an opinion, which of course you will read as well. ;)

Second… was “Herding Cats Is Harder Than… Well, You Know…” on The Byronic Man… both of which incited my laughter. I laughed so much yesterday, I had to go back and check this morning.. read again and make sure they were still funny, just to ensure it wasn’t a fluke… and they are still as funny today as they were yesterday.

By now you are probably wondering what any or all of this has to do with my title… Living Life With Gratitude ~ No 2. Enough Rain To Colour Your Life With Rainbows! LOL

Well… last week during the most serious part of my malady, I considered taking some time off from the internet ~ website work, blogging, email etc. and focusing more on writing and doing other things that don’t involve a computer and the internet. I wondered whether anyone actually reads what I write… as recently, some people have made comment at the lack of comments and feedback I have on my Wow Blog, especially.

Having only asked myself the question in personal consideration… I was surprised when I received an email within moments, of the thought. The words expressed in the email, taking my breath away.

Hello Mands,
It’s been a while since your last e-mail. I hope you are well, and just taking a wee break.

Just to let you know that I’m missing your positive inspiration and words of wisdom, and trust that you will be back shortly.

Thank you for your generosity of heart that you so readily share with me and others, it makes a world of a difference to us all, and it truly injects my day with positivity, you absolutely make being ‘WOMAN’ sound so easy, even when we are faced with trials, knowing that as a woman I value and appreciate who and what I am, and I am Oh So Worthy of that title, only needing my own validation, and nobody else’s. I thoroughly enjoy all your articles, and it gives me immense pleasure reading it.

I cannot wait for what you have in store for us next, and I know that you are busy, with family and such, and yes, I do appreciate and thank you for taking time out to engage with all of us www.WORLD WIDE WOMEN (oops, not forgetting the WORTHY) out there. Awaiting and looking forward to more of the tasty treats you dish up.

Stay well.

Warm hugs.

Jacqui.

I can honestly say, I have greedily read these words over and over and over again… and each time I feel a little glow light up my heart… there have definitely been a few drops of ‘rain ~ tears’ as Jacqui’s email has touched my heart and coloured my life with inspiration, creativity and joy.

Of course, just after I had a visitor leave comments on the Wow Blog amidst the prolific amount of spam… and then, whilst most of the spam comments I receive are usually disgusting, make no sense at all, and are often just gobligook… I even received some amazing spam comments, *Grin* like this one… “I want to express some appreciation to you for rescuing me from such a scenario. As a result of scouting through the world wide web and finding suggestions which are not productive, I thought my life was gone. Living without the strategies to the problems you’ve resolved by way of your good review is a crucial case, and the kind that might have adversely affected my entire career if I had not come across your site. Your own mastery and kindness in playing with all the things was helpful. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I hadn’t come across such a subject like this. I can also at this point relish my future. Thanks very much for this high quality and sensible help. I won’t think twice to suggest your web page to anybody who should get tips about this topic.”

LOL@ me and, YES it most definitely is spam… great spam, however spam none the less!

So thank-you to “”sonsothunder” from [ http://sonsothunder.wordpress.com/ ] for visiting… and “Tokeloshe” who has the most fabulous scrapbooking I have ever seen… [ http://tokelosheblog.wordpress.com/ ] your comments are truly appreciated. *Grin*

Thank-you to anyone who has ever visited and left a comment… I’m always surprised when I login to my blogs and I find a comment… and even after a few years, I still haven’t lost the wonder at such an inspiring reward… it means so much.

A few years ago I wrote to a friend in the USA thanking him for sharing some information about SADs (Seasonal Affective Disorder)… and his response which I re-read earlier this week… inspired me to write and share today.

“I understand about SAD – amazing what sunlight, or lack thereof can do with moods… I guess we all need light – in more ways than one… I think we give light to each other too – when we send positive thoughts, prayers… kindness… as important as sunlight, at the end of the day… which is why I always appreciate your emails Mands.”

Thanks Duane from [ http://discoverandrecover.wordpress.com/ ] (This blog has some of the best non-medicine I have ever found for healing :) )

And that’s just it…

When the sun shines light on the tiniest drops of rain… that light fills the sky with a rainbow of colours, reminding us of a promise made and kept… honouring all who pay attention with thanks and gratitude.

Every song heard, that uplifts a heart…
honours the singer with the listening.

Every word written, that inspires a positive response…
creates a bond of sharing.

Every dance step, tapped out to the beat of music…
motivates an integrated rhythm.

Every moment we stop to enjoy an artist’s work…
we encourage greater things.

Whether it’s a wedding cake, or flower display. A sleeker car, or a giant statue… a modern building, or a safer aeroplane. A best-selling novel, or a dramatic movie. The biggest tapestry or wall hanging… or the tiniest, smallest artform. (Created by Willard Wigan, in the eye of a needle [ http://www.willard-wigan.com/gallery.aspx ] ).

Each compliment given, has the potential to touch a heart and inspire change… bringing the colour of love and laughter to a person’s life, just as the sun’s light dances on a rain drop so small it creates a symbol, so bright it’s seen by all those near and far.

Once more the sky is overcast with impending rain, like most of the spring and summer this year in Waterfall, KwaZulu Natal… my life, and my heart are full of people who bring the light of inspiration, love and laughter… and the wonderful hues and colours of tears and happiness, challenge and courage, darkness and light… sadness, loss and joy.

The diversity, complexity and opposite of each, something I appreciate more and more, as the one allows gratitude for the other!

I am truly grateful to all those that bring the light of inspiration and colour to my life… and I wish you enough rain to colour your life with rainbows!

~ Mands

Celebrate the day, by remembering you are a Woman Of Worth!

 

4 Comments

  1. Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    You do have a lot to be grateful for. We are grateful for you inspiration and encouragment. I think I will go eat some M&M’s candy now as the sun is not out :)

  2. Posted February 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Linda, you are very sweet and I do have so much to be grateful for. The sun has long set, and would you believe I was just eating M&M’s with peanuts, a favourite of mine… not always easy to find. Thank-you for your lovely compliments and hope you have a really great Friday, and lovely week-end… Hugs and Smiles, Mands

  3. Posted February 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Blessings, happy to hear you are feeling better. Also, happy you discovered your laughter was genuine response to a few humorous post, and not just a fluke…
    Which, I must say, you have a true “Valentine” as any man who trades his “Fluke Meter” for his wife to sit comfortably is a good man.
    Bless You all
    paul

  4. Posted February 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Paul, I truly do have one of the most amazing men as a husband… who actually makes 350 days a year feel like Valentine’s Day! *Smile* Thanks so much for visiting, reading and commenting, I really appreciate the support.
    Love and blessings to you and yours
    Mands