Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Expressing Myself

Hello my friends, I do hope you all have had a great day. We had rain this morning and it was really cold, but this afternoon the sun came out. It is suppose to be really sunny and warm for the next few days. Ahhh we have made peace with Mother Nature and all is balanced between us.

When I woke this morning, I was so sore from hitting golf balls yesterday. (It still was worth it) I sat in my bath to try and get rid of the chill, thank you God for my towel warmer as I used 2 large heated bath towels before I stopped shivering. As much as I wanted to crawl back into bed, I put my sweats on and went to Curves. WOW I couldn't believe how those machines got the kinks out and I was sweating when I finished. I felt so much better.

When I got home I was full of energy so I stripped my bed, did laundry, vacuumed upstairs, dusted, cleaned bathrooms and even tidied my basement. I baked a chicken and made rice and steamed vegetables for supper. When I finally sat down with a cup of green tea I was really pleased with everything I had accomplished, I think the word contented would be more suitable for how I felt.

When I was at Curves today one of the girls asked me if I was always so happy, I said most of the time. She then said doesn't anything upset you, oh yes I said there are many things that upset me and if I can do something about it, turn it around then I do, if it's not possible for me to do anything about it then I look for something good in the situation and accept it. I realized I usually can see the good or an opportunity of change when I see a challenge. (I didn't tell her this part) She went on to ask me, is there anything you don't like and without hesitating I said, "clowns". We all started laughing, of all things she didn't expect me to say clowns. I have never liked clowns, to me they are eerie, not funny. I have been this way since I was a child. She said so what do you find good about clowns and I responded not much but I see joy on some children's faces when they give a balloon to a child, which is true. I didn't tell her I also saw the fear in some children's eyes when a clown made his way towards him. I thought of our conversation tonight. I don't know why some people find joy and other's find sorrow, as we all have known sorrow and sadness. I absolutely do not judge anyone as I know those who are touched by sorrow are feeling great sadness and it's real. I do know that whatever I am, I am so blessed to cling to the joyful side of life. Now I am not a Pollyanna, though I have been called that, I do know that I can honestly see the good and feel the joy and happiness in everything in my life. I am able to let go of negativity, and I move forward quite easy through situations I have no control over. I so thank God for letting me be me, an old lady who is very happy in her own skin. Life is good people and one may have to dig deep to find the goodness when we are deep in life's many challenges but from the bottom of my heart, the good is there....one only has too look.

Thank you for letting me share my day with you all, it means so very much to me. Blogging has been a wonderful experience for me, I have met the most wonderful people and love all of you. In some way blogging connects us all. We share families, recipe's, photo's, weather, and these are just a few of our favorite things.

Oh life is so good, am off to read my favorite blogs and comments. Good Night my friends and God Bless


jinksy said...

Reckon the world would be far nicer if everyone had a touch of the Pollyannas! Good on ya! x

Wanda said...

Good morning Miss Sunshine! :)
As I sit here with my morning coffee, we are having a horrific thunderstorm...it's rather peaceful though...Granddaughter Amanda once wrote a poem titled "The Beauty of a Storm"...I have it framed and sitting in my window.

Herhusband's test was good...and is having an MRI Thursday for his yearly exam...Am thinking positive!

Your blog could be required reading for some of the patients you volunteer to help Bernie...it really could inspire someone who needs a little boost in the feel good department of life...I consider myself an optimist, but I can find even more sunshine here to start my day!

Keep smiling and take care Bernie!

Rebecca said...

I agree with you about clowns! I have the same reaction.

Your contentment and choice to be happy should be the "rule" for everyone who is a child of God. He can be trusted; He has endless resources; He answers prayer.....

And people around you notice - giving you endless opportunities to introduce them to Jesus :)

Diana said...

Hi Bernie, Don't you find that a lot of what you feel about life has come with age? I know that the older I get the more contented I am which in turn makes me happier. Or were you always that way? I too never cared for clowns.They are just a little over the top for me!

Blessings each day said...

Years and years ago, I gave myself a challenge to find some good in everything and to try to concentrate on just that. It has helped immeassureably for me as life has sent its' storms my way so many times.

It's a matter of making that decision every morning (like you do whether it's conscious or subconscious...I almost wrote unconscious, but that would apply to me) to say that it IS going to be a good day and then you kind of, sort of, make it happen!!

Thank you for your treasured sharing and for the goodness you spread, my friend.

blessings and hugs,


Eileen said...

Oh, Bernie, I've been called 'Pollyanna' too (and it wasn't meant as a compliment! But I took it as the biggest compliment!). I'll be blogging about that next week. It's kind of a long story, but it's something I've been dwelling on for years and years.

You sound like you had another wonderful day, and it's always nice to come here and read about your life!
Thanks for sharing your day and your attitude!
All the best, Eileen
P.S. I don't like clowns at all either! I never did!

The Retired One said...

I so agree, Bernie.
Why wallow in the sadness and negativity?
Once you start looking at the "lessons" or messages of the sad/hard situation, you can then move to action instead of being stuck in the bad feelings.
I am a pretty optimistic person, too..always try to look at the glass as half full rather than half empty.
It has helped me in some tough situations in life!

Granny on the Web said...

Dear Bernie, your post today put me in mind of this verse by Robert Louis Stevenson

'Give us grace and strength to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends and soften to us our enemies. Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune, and down to the gates of death loyal and loving to one another.'

God bless you for your cheery nature,
Love Granny

Bernie said...

Good Morning jinksy, I think most people have a little Pollyanna inside, it's a choice.
Have a wonderful day,...:-)Hugs

Bernie said...

Good Morning Wanda, so happy herhusband's test was good. Love it! You are one of the most optomistic blogger's I know, you have met challenges as we all have and you have seen the good otherwise you wouldn't be able to take and describe thse beautiful pictures as you do. Have a wonderful day my friend......:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Good morning Rebecca, Thank you for your kind words, I think we all have this opportunity if we choose too, a blessing we are all born with. Life is just better when we walk with God. Have a wonderful day my friend.....Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Diana, I had to chuckle when I read your "over the top" comment. I do think with age comes contement, patience and we seem to be able to see our blessings easier. I do think I have always been this way especially after I peeled away the layers of what I was suppose to be until I got to who I was....Have a wonderful day my friend...:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hello Marcy, you are a right ray of sunshine, honest, happy and such a joy to know. You allow your "positives" to shine through. Have a great day Marcy.....Hugs

Bernie said...

Hello Eileen, okay now we Pollyanna's have to stick together. It is a compliment Eileen and should always be seen this way. I don't know why one runs from that word. (I'm guilty of it too) People are drawn to you because of who you are, which is a wonderful child of God. Thank you my new blogger friend.....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Oh Joan, I think we all have weatherd storms in our lives and you my friend have come through wonderfully and it shows in all of your beautiful photo's.
Have a wonderful day....:-) Hugs

Bernie said...

Hi Granny, so enjoyed reading that poem, I am glad I was able to remind you of it, it is beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a wonderful day Granny...Hugs

Sniffles and Smiles said...

You spread love and joy wherever you go!!!! What a wonderful ambassador you are!!!!! Thanks for this bit of pure sparkle today!!!! You are loved! ~Janine XO

Bernie said...

Hi Janine, your comment was wonderful to read. I only wish!!
Thank you my friend and have a wonderful day.....Hugs...:-)

Teresa said...

I think it is a little more complicated than making a simple choice...at least for some of us. I just wish it were that simple.

Bernie said...

Oh Terry, I was only talking about me. I do find it easy to make choices, everything I do is a result of a choice I have made. I know some people see things differently than I do and I respect that. I do wish it were easier for you Terri as well. I hope you have a great Wednesday my friend.....:-) Hugs

Stillness Speaks said...

Oh Bernie, how I wish I could hug you this moment! And how I also wish I learn to let go of the negativity and learn to accept and let go of things I can't change!! I know once you've mastered this, life becomes SO much easier! I wish this wisdom comes to me sooner than I was hoping, and I am so happy that you have molded yourself to see the good in everything.

Everyday when I read your blog, I am reminded of how to appreciate the good in everything. I've a lot to learn from you Bernie, and thanks a tone for being you and being such a blessing to me :) God bless!

Bernie said...

Stillness, thank you for your kind words, if what I say helps you that makes me vey happy. Don't worry about getting to the point I am at sooner rather than later, it takes good and bad times to get there, I learned lessons from everything and am still learning. I am older and my life's experiences has taught me so much, in fact I have learned more from the bad/sad times than I have when all was well with the world. Be patient my young friend, you already are wise beyond your years. Have a wonderful Wednesday....Luv you:-) Hugs

Stillness Speaks said...

You're right about the sad and bad times teaching you more than the good times ever can. Been there done that too. Infact its those dark moments which have shaped the person that I am today. Loads of love to you Bernie. Take care :)

Bernie said...

Stillness, so sad but true, we learn more from our darkest moments which do help to shape us in becoming the people we are today. Wish we could learn lessons in an easier way but it is what is and we only have control over our reactions. Love you sweetie ..Hugs