Another week has gone by and it’s been just as crazy as ever. Trump is back in the media spotlight, another mass shooting has taken place, and there’s a new E L James book selling millions of copies.
It’s a crazy, mad world and yet I’ve managed to find ten things to be thankful for, in and amongst the insanity.
TEN THINGS OF THANKFUL
Monday: outdoor entertainment.
For the chance to sit and relax outside, all while having a loud speaker down the street provide the music to relax with.
It’s nice when there’s a crew working on a roof a few houses down. They set up loud speakers and some music to work to.
All I had to do was sit outside, in my chair, and enjoy the atmosphere.
For a chance for reflection.
It was five years to the day that my oma passed away.
I wrote a tribute blog post to her to mark the occasion.
It was a chance for me to remember all the things I’ve missed about her since she’s been gone.
Tuesday: The Diary of Anne Frank..
For the chance to see this wonderful live performance.
I saw this play, at Stratford Theatre (Avon) in Stratford, Ontario.
I have read the diary, seen the film, but this was a totally new and unique experience.
I learned a few things I did not know, smiled at the humour infused into parts, and felt emotions from a group of people who were well chosen to play these roles.
I had a deep appreciation for the work that must go into putting on a show like that and I felt something. I think that’s what great theatre is supposed to do.
For the chance to celebrate!
My parents have been married thirty-six years and that blows my mind sometimes.
I am lucky to have them and the lessons they’ve taught me, just through the people that they are.
They are a team, they are lucky to have each other, and they know it.
Wednesday: Canada’s health care system.
For the ability to go to the doctor and not have to worry about the cost.
I know nothing’s perfect, including my country’s medical care, but I have needed enough of it to appreciate the fact that I can access it and receive just the same level as anyone else.
I know not all places are that way. I am receiving excellent care. If I were living somewhere else, I might not feel like I can go to see a doctor or a nurse, even for a check-up.
I love me some good sarcasm and John Stewart and The Daily Show will be missed.
“Pile of butler skeletons.”
Oh John. I will miss your wonderful brand of truth, spoken through a filter of the best sarcasm, that only you know how to deliver.
Thursday: it has happened again.
For the fact that again I live where I do.
It’s not yet Canada Day and I mean nothing toward the United States or anywhere else.
There is violence in all places in society. I just know I am glad I don’t feel the need to carry a gun. I don’t want to live in a culture where being armed is seen as a necessity.
I hope for less of this, in all places, as time goes on.
For truly unique dining experiences, still to be had in my own home town.
I ate at a new spot, recently to open up in my city.
Sometimes I get bored of the same old thing when it comes to restaurants and food.
“Oh no! Not you again!” This is written on a “welcome mat”, on the way in.
Infusions just opened up and it offers a trickling fountain on the way in, a play area to distract children from even wanting to eat at all, and a candy bar as a dessert option.
Who doesn’t love a candy bar, I ask you?
Friday: there are perfect moments in life sometimes.
For beautiful June weather.
I realized I have a lovely place to sit and listen to music, reed, or spend time with people.
I need to make use of my deck more often. I can get so much out of a few chilled hours on my back deck, in my yard, listening to the birds chirping.
I don’t do that enough and I am missing out when I don’t.
For a sweet and simple connection.
There was no other hand I would rather hold on a Friday night than that of the best guy in my life.
I am lucky to have nephews and I love the car ride I spent with one of them, as he held onto my hand, as he fell asleep in his car seat, on the drive home.
Wow! I think I could have kept going, but I will just leave it there, for now.
John Stewart didn’t only speak about the hilarious events to make the news this week. If you get a moment you should check out what he said about the Charleston shooting. He spoke about how some things aren’t grey areas, but black and white all the way.
I do not mean to end on a sad note this week, but it is something to think about.
Is the world black and white or many different shades of grey?