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TToT: “Threw the Tears Unseen” – Diamond Dust, #10Thankful

“We should continue all the time to look out for those who have less, to stand for those who can’t, to reach out across differences, to use our land intelligently, to open our borders and welcome those who seek harbour, and never, ever cease to be curious, ask questions and to explore and search.”

—Julie Payette, Canada’s 29th Governor-General

I may try to keep this short and sweet again, with all the nonsense and horrors happening lately. Sometimes, when I am feeling tense I write a lot and sometimes I don’t. This week, I don’t.

Tom Petty’s song is about perseverance. He says it all already. I am determined to be thankful, but I’d rather let Petty and Payette say what I am thinking. They do it so well.

I am feeling the weight of the world, but I won’t give in to that feeling for long. Promise.

Ten Things of Thankful

I am thankful the heat wave from last week finally broke and fall has taken its place.

Today is back up a bit, but tolerable. I am loving the fresher air I’ve been smelling, even if I was already complaining about being cold.

Yeah, I know I know, but that’s just how it goes. I am still grateful my favourite season has arrived.

I am thankful for a good idea for something special.

I am bad at birthday gifts and things most of the time. I owe my cousin for the idea for something meaningful for my mom’s upcoming 60th.

More to come on this next week.

I am thankful for my new darker hair colour.

Also, pic coming next week.

I am thankful for one opportunity that leads to the next and the next and so on.

This is true with my writing and in every area of life really.

It’s what makes life exciting and such an adventure, that you never really know what could be coming, on the horizon.

I am thankful I got through writing the rough draft.

I really really stressed myself out for this piece. I worried I’d taken on something I wasn’t actually ready for and I began to panic that I couldn’t do it.

I even started to think that the writing was the hardest part, but I don’t honestly think that:
This is
the hardest part.

I did it and now I wait to hear from those who will edit it. I can relax, for the moment, but this is the kind of challenge I know will make me stronger, and hopefully, a better writer.

I’m thankful Canada has a new Governor General.

“Reconciliation must succeed,” Julie Payette says as new Governor-General

She speaks six languages, plays the piano, and has been to space.

She is the kind of intelligent and capable person we need and I am grateful to live in Canada and to learn about her and have her as a voice for the country.

I am thankful nobody was killed thanks to a madman who attempted a terrorist attack, it is believed, out west in Edmonton, Alberta.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/terrorism-charges-edmonton-attacks-1.4316450

He has been arrested and has been charged. There are no official terrorism charges at this time, so I don’t really know. If he was trying to terrorize people with his car and with a knife, it worked, but not for long.

I do hope Edmonton, Alberta, and Canada won’t let this guy win and won’t turn on each other. We remain much stronger if we fight that human instinct and choose the human instinct to come together.

I am thankful guns aren’t everywhere here.

I won’t share a link just now, though I am sure it isn’t hard to know what story I was thinking of here, because I have seen enough of those already.

Oh, wait…I found one. Take a look.

Again, I am glad to live here and only want the best for my US friends and the country that we share our border with.

I am thankful for desolate places.

The second instalment of the BBC’s Planet Earth series is out on Netflix.

With all the chaos we humans create, it is nice to hear about and imagine such places, out there somewhere, still untouched.

I hope this continues, somehow.

I’m thankful for a song introduction.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jweT1wzqYGU

Free fall. Speaking of falling…free falling.

RIP Tom

“And for a long time yet, led by some wondrous power, I am fated to journey hand in hand with my strange heroes and to survey the surging immensity of life, to survey it through the laughter that all can see and through the tears unseen and unknown by anyone.”

—Nicolai Gogol, “Dead Souls” (1842)

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4 thoughts on “TToT: “Threw the Tears Unseen” – Diamond Dust, #10Thankful

  1. This was beautiful, Kerry, a very fitting TToT in view of current events. I love that your heart is always in the right place and you speak of compassion and unity. Believe me, there are many times I wish we lived in your country too, where saner heads seem to prevail.

    I wish there were easy answers to gun control, but there aren’t. It isn’t the whole solution, those intent on destruction will always find a way to circumvent the law, they always have. Madmen have always existed, but perhaps not on the scale or number that we see now. These are stressful times and people who are unstable react in horriffic ways. All the lives that were impacted by one deranged person is such a sobering thought. It brings home the point that we don’t know our tomorrow, and should do our best to live in today and love our friends and family while we can.

    I was so glad to read that you got your rough draft finished and submitted. I can imagine the feeling of waiting for the editors response. I have a feeling it is going to do very well because you have put your heart and soul into it! Also, as you point out, one thing leads to another and the doors we open create more!

    I agree with you about the wonderful cooler weather, and yes, I will also be one of the ones complaining when it soon gets “too cold” which by standards anywhere north of Texas is still quite warm. My sisters in the Midwest laugh at me and you surely would!! 🙂

    How fun it is to come up with the perfect gift for someone, and it’s nice when you have a friend who provides a great suggestion. I had to smile because I see that I am three years older than your Mom. That’s one of the things I love about blogging… we exchange thoughts, ideas, and caring with people across the spectrum, of all ages and from all walks of life. And yet we have so much in common!

    I was saddened too by Tom Petty’s passing. One more pop icon of my generation has passed over and it serves as a reminder that I am now in the group of “oldies”. But the gift of music they left us with is priceless and will carry on their name. I find myself wondering how each of us, common people, will be remembered.

    I will look forward to the photo of your new hair color, it’s always fun to change things up a bit. Have a good week ahead, share your smile with everyone. Light has the power to overcome the darkness! XO

    • Thanks Josie.

      I got edits back from that rough draft and had a lot to go through, hopefully to come the next step closer to making it as well put together as possible.

      I wouldn’t laugh, but so many do look on Canada as the Arctic, our entire country. I am used to freezing cold winters and chilly winds and I like the contrast of that and the extreme humidity of summer. I love that we get snow.

      Yes, different ages all blogging about the things they are grateful for in their individual lives is so fascinating. Different generations and at different stages in life. I learn a lot from those who have been around longer than I have.

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