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  • Mrs Chakotay 11:51 pm on March 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clocks, , disappointment, , , gratefulness, gratitude, happiness, , , LongDarkNightOfTheSoul, longing, patience, positivity, , waiting, wilderness   

    Hope Deferred 

    We’ve been in the housing association accommodation now for just over a year, and I think that, on reflection, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that – even allowing for some of the awful things that happened in the past – this past year has been the worst year of my life.

    I used to really believe that gratitude and positive thinking could make a difference but now I am pretty sure that nothing can make up for not having your basic needs met.

    I am not going to bore you with the details, I have already gone on and on ad nauseum.

    Good times always seem to be around the corner, but somehow (it seems to me) hope, if it’s false hope, is the real killer.

    “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
    Proverbs 13:12

    Purim Sameach or Happy Easter to you, whichever you prefer.

    Don’t forget to move the clocks forward tonight if you’re in the UK.

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  • Mrs Chakotay 2:18 pm on January 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , gratefulness, , , thankfulness,   

    No More Grumbling! 

    rejoice

    As I have told you, times are challenging at the moment for us, and I have been feeling very discouraged.

    But this week’s Torah portion, Beshalach, features the topic of grumbling quite prominently, and so I am encouraged to put a guard over my mouth and my virtual pen, to only ‘speak life’; in other words, not to grumble and moan but to look for the good in everything, to give thanks in everything and to be grateful for the goodness and mercy that is all around me.

    So today I thought I would share some of the things for which I am most grateful.

    • My husband, my children, my family
    • We have a roof over our head, we are not out on the street, destitute.
    • Running, hot water and a shower!
    • Plenty of food, and a grocery delivery service!
    • My husband has a job where he is happy, and he gets up faithfully early every morning and goes to work, and comes home, and never complains!
    • Sunshine and rain in due season
    • The books that I have not in storage.

    I’m sure there is much more if I would spend some time thinking about it.

    Are you making gratefulness and thankfulness a habit, even when it is hard? Even on my darkest days, I can usually find at least 5 things to be thankful for, even if it is just my bed at the end of the day, running water, food to eat, a bit of sunshine and a good conversation.

    What are you grateful for today?

     
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