Ten Blessings Of The Week.

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Sometimes it can be a challenge to remember the blessings in the week, however it is a beautiful challenge to just spend some time reflecting on the week, to recall at least 10 things to feel blessed for. It can become a positive check of how you spent your time and how you were feeling. The days and weeks can pass us by with out us even really thinking about how we spent our time, and all the beautiful moments life has to offer. I think  this is just a beautiful exercise to encourage a positive outlook to life.  Ten blessing was an exercise which was in the book “ Be Happy” by Robert Holden. You can check that book out if you would like to know more.
Here are my Ten Blessings of the Week:

 

1.Feeling blessed to have a city day with my boys, and go to the movies, then go to a public place like Federation Square enjoy our lunch and  watching kids movies on the big out door screen.

 

2.Feeling blessed to have a really warm home to live in with great heating because it is cold outside.

 

3.Feeling blessed to enjoy another city day, and go to the Wallace and Gromit exhibition, and create our own little mini movie. Attend my first film festival which was for  young film makers and wow they made some excellent short films. The future is bright!

 

4.Feeling blessed and happy to notice one of my camellia’s budding in my garden.

 

5.Feeling blessed to be able to attend my Toastmasters Club Officer training, meeting great people, learning how to improve my skills and abilities, and feeling inspired to be a better person.

 

6.Feeling Blessed to have lots of family time with my boys on school holidays, even though they are teenagers and have their own interests, we still find things to do together and have fun doing it.

 

7.Feeling Blessed for books and reading time, hard cover books and also audio books. This week I have been enjoying both, and it is good to notice my oldest son is really into books.

 

8.Feeling Blessed to relax in a comfortable home, enjoy a love home cooked meal and a glass of wine with family.

 

9.Feeling Blessed for two clothes horses, because everything is being dried indoors during the winter months, and also grateful for a few fine days to wash and dry sheets and towels. Fresh sheets and towels always feel so good.

10.Feeling blessed to so easily enjoy the experience of walking around the picturesque Australian Gardens, which is close to my home and free of cost.

 

What are your Ten Blessings of the Week?

FRAN DISHON

 

 

Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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There is a cold chilly stillness outside, the clouds are still, and I can not feel a single breeze. I sense the morning is telling me to be still and write, that it is not to late to put this blog post out there. So I listen!

 

Life is so cold here in Melbourne, and I can not remember the last time Winter felt this cold. It is the type of Winter that requires layers of clothes, even hats, scarfs and coats. In saying that Winter is not that cold, that you can not go for a walk in nature, or get on with daily life. It just cold enough to require rugging up and putting the heating on.

 

The past week was a wonderful week and I felt much brighter than the past few weeks. This previous weeks Blessings Of The Week are as follows:

 

 

  1. I am so blessed for, sunshine, some fellow dog lovers to walk with and beautiful flowers of rosemary from my adventure walk this week, it was a gorgeous day for a walk and it really lifted my spirits.
  2. I am so blessed for my basket weaving with wild grasses workshop, my basket may not look that amazing but I just love it and really enjoyed the process of making it, and the company of the lovely ladies at the workshop.
  3. I am so blessed to have access to some free online learning about writing for young readers, I am learning so much, and created a second story so I feel like I am really achieving something from it.
  4. I am so blessed for Friday movie night with the boys, I just love this tradition.
  5. I am so blessed for the simple pleasure of my purple blanket to wrap around myself.
  6. I am so blessed for Hubby cooking a roast dinner on Saturday night.
  7. I am so blessed for a family day out to Cloudhill Nursery and Gardens. Beautiful magical gardens even in Winter, although I would love to go back in summer time.
  8. I am so blessed to be able to attend Yoga classes, really got to stretch my body out and relax. I always feel energised and relaxed after a Yoga class.
  9. I am so blessed that I could attend the dentist and have my broken tooth fixed, it is a costly and uncomfortable procedure, however at the end of the day I still get to keep my tooth. I am really happy about that.
  10. Finally, I am so blessed for the simple pleasure of some alone time to re-energize and relax.

 

Whilst this cold weather makes it easy for me to be a homebody and curl up in my chair with my blanket wrapped around me and catch up on some television series, at the moment I am watching Glitch and it is really weird. I get sucked in and just want to know what happens next.   I feel am also watching too much television.

 

Time to  wrap myself up in a blanket, curl up in my arm chair by the window, sip on a cup of coffee, take out my journal and write in the stillness of the morning.

 

What were your Ten Blessing of the Week or Day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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Ten Blessings Of The Week!

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It has been a cold morning, followed by a sunny day, great for opening the windows up and letting the music drift out into the back yard. It has been a delight to be able to sit outside enjoying lunch and a cup of tea.  Whilst I was delighted to finally start picking some tomatoes from our garden.  I have also spent much of the day trying to decide which speech to do at my Toastmaster’s meeting on Thursday.  It is meant to be a folk tale or fairy tale story directed at a particular audience. My husband suggested the three little pigs because that is relevant today it helps  us to know how to build a house. It will also tell my audience that I am a real dim wit. I might just go with Cinderella at least it has two catty sisters, fashion, shoes,  a handsome prince, and a responsible Godmother who sets a midnight curfew. Now that sounds relevant to me. It might also tell the audience I am a real dim wit. I guess I will just do it and let my audience be the judge of how good it is or how bad it is.

My ten blessings from the previous week our as follows:

  1. I am so blessed for all the wonderful sunny days I had for adventure walks around the lake and around the neighbourhood. It was a joy just to walk the neighbourhood streets enjoying the variety of houses and gardens.
  2. I am so blessed to have been able to attend a spanish cooking demonstration class, do some taste testing and learn new tips to improve my own cooking. It also inspires me to get into the kitchen and cook.
  3. I am so blessed to have been able to sit outside in the sunshine enjoying the cool breeze, reading a book, having the sound of sweat music drifting through the windows in the background.
  4. I am so blessed for Friday night movie nights with the boys. I am also blessed to have the opportunity and encouragement to watch movies that I would not normally chose to watch.
  5. I am so blessed to have had enough free time at work to complete all my online learning at work, I really feel like I am now moving forward.
  6. I am so blessed to wake up in the mornings  enthusiastically looking  forward to the day and enjoying life.
  7. I am so blessed for Mighty Mouse’s visit to the Doctors for his  free flu vaccination. It will be a great help to avoid any flu’s and sever respiratory conditions this year. Mighty Mouse was very brave. Aiming for him to stay healthy and well everyday of the year.
  8. I am so blessed that some clients told me how much they appreciate me doing my job, this just lifts my spirits and makes me want to continue to work hard to do great work.
  9. I am so blessed to have been able to watch Moving to Happiness, on Creative Live, such a wonderful and informative course. I learnt so much and really enjoyed it.
  10. I am blessed to have an observations monitor machine to use just for my four clients. This is wonderful because I no longer have to waste time searching for it. It just makes my job so much easier and less frustrating.

It has been another amazingly delightful week, with a big focus on happiness, just getting out in nature and going for my adventure walks gives me a boost of happiness. Boosting my level of happiness gets me through the moments of hard work and tiredness.

Quote of the day:” Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~Aristotle

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

Ten Blessings of the Week!

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I have just finished working a long weekend, sometimes it is so hard to be motivated when every one else seems to be playing. During the evenings on my way back to my car I got a glimpse of the Moomba fireworks, another reminder that it was a long weekend and people were out playing. Instead I was too tired to play due to working, so I simply went home and put my feet up and watched TV. I know that is lazy, but sometimes I just need to be lazy. When it comes to my social life and weekend work, it sounds a little like this, “sorry I can’t attend, I’m working.” Thankfully I don’t work every weekend so I still get to attend some events and play with my family and friends.

This weeks Ten Blessings of the Week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed that I was able to paint my son’s room and that my Dad came over and helped me. It felt great to achieve a freshly painted room, and I learnt a lot about painting and how to look after my paint. I am so proud of our work.
  2. I am so blessed to have been able to attend a library talk about Coffee and learn lots about coffee, I am also proud of myself for going home and practicing what I learnt. It is so wonderful that the local library staff organise such great information and learning events.
  3. I am so blessed to have a beautiful Autumn’s day to go for a lovely adventure walk. Just spending an hour walking around seeing such beautiful things in the ordinary.
  4. I am so blessed that my bunch of yellow flowers shone brightly from my kitchen table all week, just brightening up my days.
  5. I am so blessed to be patient enough to sit with my son Mighty Mouse and do a jigsaw puzzle, he tried to tell me the pieces were missing but I found them all and we made a lovely cat picture. Such a wonderful experience working together.
  6. I am so blessed that my son Mr. Serious returned home safety from his school camping trip, I really missed him the days he went away.
  7. I am so blessed that we got to have most of our evening meals together during the week. It is so bonding to share a meal together as a family
  8. I am so blessed to just feel full of joy and happiness, and a simple feeling that life is good, and that I have lots of wonderful people to share it with.
  9. I am so blessed for all the audio books and meditations that I can borrow from my local library via my computer. Technology has provided me with some great advances and I really enjoy the opportunities and entertainment it provides to me.
  10. I am so blessed that even though I had to work, I was working with wonderful people, and had a lovely bunch of clients to work for. It was wonderful that we could have moments where we could smile and laugh, my work often shows me how strong and amazing people are. There are a lot of super amazing ordinary people out in the world! I think I am very blessed to know that.

Today I simply rest, and potter about the house tidying up and doing some very important jobs like the washing and ironing, plus also the food shopping. Menu planing for the week so it is easy to deal with the”what will we have for dinner tonight?” question. It so hard to keep coming up with idea’s every night. Whilst it is so easy to simply stick with the same boring meals week after week. So if I plan a little, flick through some recipe books for inspiration, I hope to mix things up a little and hopefully discover some new favourites.

Quote of the week:” Things don’t have to be extraordinary to be beautiful. Even the ordinary can be beautiful.”~Wicker Park

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Ten Blessings of the Week!

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The previous week has been a wonderful busy and enjoyable week, which just went way to quickly. So on Sunday I penned my Ten Blessings in my journal and this is what they were:

  1. I feel so blessed for my good health, working as a nurse is a constant reminder how important good health is, because if you lose it, it is dramatic and it affects all the other parts of your life.
  2. I feel so blessed to have the time and the environment to go out into for long adventure walks with my fluffy dog Little Miss Popularity. It is wonderful being able to walk through park land and around lakes, being able to watch swans , pelicans and ducks. It is a delight to be able to spot and watch so many different types of birds.
  3. I am so blessed to be able to celebrate my Husband’s Birthday with a family party, full of lots of lovely food, birthday cake and present. I also felt blessed that I was able to find him a present and the shop assistant was so helpful especially when I returned it to change the size. It was just so easy and effortless.
  4. I am so blessed to go to another wonderful library talk, this time it was on The Chinese New Year and Horoscope it was so interesting and I really enjoyed my fortune cookie.
  5. I am so blessed to have a wonderful book, “The Very Very Bad Book” to read to my son, we laugh so much, and it is such an enjoyable thing to share.
  6. I am so blessed that I could just lie out on the Trampoline on a warm summer evening, under the breeze of the trees just looking up into the night sky, enjoying some star-gazing.
  7. I am so blessed to just feel full of joy and happiness, and a simple feeling that life is good, and that I have lots of wonderful people to share it with.
  8. I am so blessed to have wonderful eyesight, because I really enjoy reading lots of books, and writing.
  9. I am so blessed to have a peaceful house to live in, I love the quietness of home, I love the silence of home when everyone has gone out for the day and it is just me. So now that my Husband is back at work and the boys are back at school there has been an abundance of beautiful silence.
  10. I am so blessed for having a fan on those really hot nights. Having a fan was just enough to make it cool enough to sleep, and I really love my sleep without it I am just a big grump.

Writing down my blessings for the week, reminds me of the wonderful abundant life I am living. It also helps me feel positive and joyous, and more capable of coping with the challenging parts of life. Being grateful each day, helps me to feel happy each day. I really believe that happiness is worth striving for everyday, and it comes from the inside of us and it radiates.

Quote of the Day: “Happiness depends on ourselves.” ~ Aristotle

Wishing you all a wonderful Day!

Fran Dishon

Fran Dishon

Ten Blessings Of The Week!

ten blessingOh how the week went by so quick! I had a wonderful time.  It was full of activity and experiences, sunshine and a lot of rain. Yet there were moments of feeling down and stuck in a rut. It is time for changes but I don’t know what the changes should be. Still each day I think about the wonderful moments in my day and focus on all the good stuff, and simply acknowledge the yuky stuff. It simply all part of life and moving forward!

This weeks Ten Blessings were as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to have been able to go to a book talk, especially about one that talks about food, coffee, cafes and restaurants and some of the individuals who own them. It was so interesting and I think has inspired me to try new interesting places.
  2. I am so blessed to have a day to open up my windows let the fresh air in, hang out the washing to be wind dried, and enjoy a cup of tea sitting outside soaking up the sunshine.
  3. I am so blessed to be able to go on a long adventure walk in rain and sunshine, to enjoy morning tea in a sweat cafe overlooking a park and playground, to smell the roses (Red, Pink, and White Roses ) on my way home.
  4. I am so blessed to go for a long adventure walk with Little Miss Popularity around the lake, we saw lots of pelicans, they are such big beautiful creatures. I enjoy the peacefulness of my walk. I enjoyed looking at all the birds, and watching the light rays sparkle on the water. I enjoyed saying hello to the other walkers. I enjoyed the soft breeze on my body. I enjoyed just looking up at the sky. I enjoyed all of it.
  5. I am so  blessed to have a wonderful learning experience by attending a study day, at work. It was a lovely opportunity to learn at catchup with work mates.
  6. I am so blessed to have been able to attend an art talk about conserving art, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I then looked at the exhibition and went for a short walk through some of the sculpture garden. One sculpture played music it was just divine.
  7. I am so blessed to be able to have a long chat on the phone with a friend. It is always good to be able to talk to a friend.
  8. I am so blessed to have Friday spending time with Mum, talking and catching up, go out for a delicious lunch outside in the sunshine under the wisteria covered shaded area. It was so beautifully fragrant, just letting enough sunshine through to sit pleasantly under.
  9. I am so blessed for movie night with my boys, I think I mention this every  week however it is my favourite night of the week.
  10. I am so blessed to be able to have banana’s and strawberries to eat, they are just so yummy.

This week I am going to slow down and look more closely at what really gives me joy and pleasure. I will ask myself how can I find joy in this?

This weeks quote: Don’t power walk. Saunter slowly in the sun, eating chocolate, and carry a blanket so you can take a nap.” S.A.R.K 

What were your blessing for the week or day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

Ten Blessings For The Week

ten blessingThe past week has gone by so quickly, and it has been full of wonderful moments and lots of joy. It has been a week of wind, rain and then beautiful sunshine. So here are my Ten Blessings for the previous week.

1. I am so blessed that the rain has watered my beautiful garden, especially my vegetable patch. I love the garden looking so green and bright. I love the way rain drops sparkle when the sun comes out briefly. I felt comforted by the rain at night as I snuggled under my blankets and drifted off to sleep.

2. I am so blessed for the sunshine last Friday, that made my day bright and warm, I was able to get out in my garden and plant my tomato plants. I was able to potter in the garden. It felt so good and nurturing being out in nature.

3. I am so blessed for the people who work at Australian Hearing , who take such good care of myself and my son Mighty Mouse, doing his hearing test, checking his equipment and booking appointments. They are always so welcoming and helpful.

4. I am so blessed for online learning, so easy to learn at home on the computer at a time that suits me, it reminds me how helpful computers and the internet can be in making my life easier and some things like convenient access to   education and learning packages .

5. I am so blessed for access to Freegal Music  through my local library I was able to down load another three beautiful relaxing meditations.

6. I am so blessed for the wonderful samples of shampoo, foundation and dishwashing tablets that came in the mail I love trying out new products. Also for the wonderful children’s book that I one, it will make a very good Christmas Present for Mighty Mouse.

7. I am so blessed for the opportunity to go to work a couple of days and earn some income, it also makes me feel blessed that Hubby is getting some work after a short break off work. After having our income reduced for a while, I have become more appreciative of the money we earn and more aware of where we are spending it, that is not so wasteful.

8. I am so blessed that we could take our dog Little Miss Popularity to the vet and could afford to have her treated and get her medicine. She is a very important part of our family and I don’t like seeing her being sick, so it feels good knowing we can do something to make her feel better.

9. I am so blessed that Mighty Mouse could go to an amazing super hero holiday programme day, and Mr. Serious had a friend over from school. I love seeing the boys enjoy life and socialize.

10. Finally I am so blessed that I could go to the local art exhibition Kevin Hill’s ‘Top Ten Australian Artists’,   for my Artist’s Date, the art was of a superb quality with amazing colourful unique paintings from ten different Artist’s .

IMG_0586 Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you!  for all the wonderful blessings from the previous week.

I have recently been doing the Ten Blessings exercise daily. It is reminds me to be grateful for all the wonder and abundance that I do have in my life and also to say thank-you and be appreciative.

Another exercise I have been doing is thinking of the one thing about my day that I feel most grateful for and saying thank-you before I go to sleep each night.

What were your Ten Blessings of the Week?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

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It is  Spring! This is a beautiful Tulip growing in my garden.

It is Spring! This is a beautiful Tulip growing in my garden.

It is finally glorious Spring, and what lovely sunny weather we have been having. The sun has been out and shinning rays of joy into my body. Everyone around me is commenting on how lovely the weather is, it is such a simple joy. Today I went to a workshop on composting. I started my composting bin a couple of months ago, however it has not been going as well as I hoped. Today I got some more good advice and hopefully my compost bins contents starts composting. I was also having some issues with growing broccoli, for some reason this year my winter crop failed. I now know the reason is that my soil is probably lacking in nutrients. Another reason to get my composting happening a bit quicker. I also think it is good to be able to put our waste to good use instead of just sending it to landfill. I went to a lovely community house in Doveton which had been retro fitted to be a more sustainable building. It was interesting hearing about some of the changes that were made like the double glazing of existing windows. It so useful to find out practical ways of living more sustainabley.

 

 

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Another week has gone by so fast, although I have been challenged it has still been full of some wonderful blessings.

This weeks Ten Blessings are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed to be able to go for lovely walks around the lake with my fluffy dog  Little Miss Popularity.
  2. I am so blessed to receive a hand full of samples of Lipton tea samples. Now i am enjoying sipping my tea. They have some interesting tastes, very nice.
  3. I am so blessed for the opportunity to go to a Toastmasters contest night. It was a very high standard of speeches and a very enjoyable night.
  4. I am so blessed to attend my final class of positive thinking, which was really tested out that evening and is still being tested out. I am doing my best to think positive thoughts.
  5. I am so blessed to enjoy our Friday Movie night with Hubby and boys. It is something we all look forward too, relaxing and enjoying being together on Friday nights.
  6. I am so blessed for the wonderful books I was able to borrow from the public library. I love how I walk in there and the perfect books catch my eye, it is like they jump out and say take me.
  7. I am so blessed that my Mum cares so much for me that she brought an extra meal for us to enjoy. Whilst she offered to help me anytime I need it. My parents are always willing to help. I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents.
  8. I am so blessed that the sun has been out shinning and I have been feeling so happy because of it. It really is the best mood boost.
  9. I am so blessed to have a wonderful lunch with family for Father’s Day. It was great that it was a beautiful warm Spring summers day, and we could have lunch out side.
  10. I am so blessed that I have my loving family and my health, that really is the most important thing. It is also good that I have my sanity, and positive thoughts.

I look foreword to the days unfolding and all the future blessing that I will experience.

So what were your blessing this past week or day?

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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ten blessingIt has been another wonderful week unfortunately it ended with me being sick with a head cold so I have spent the weekend with a sore head, runny nose and sore throat and it still has not gone away. So I was going to my doctor’s appointment this morning and my car would not start. Thankfully the RACV man came out and got it going for me again. We celebrated my son’s birthday, so it sort of became the birthday weekend for him with a party Friday night and Sunday night. Lots of wonderful happened to make it a wonderful week.

My Ten Blessings for the week are as follows:

  1. I am so blessed that I can wake up each morning breath fresh air, drink fresh water and eat an abundance of food. Also being surrounded by my loving family.
  2. I am so blessed to have hot showers, a cosy home, and heating on these cold days.
  3. I am so blessed to be able to snuggle in my bed and listen to the soothing sound of rain.
  4. I am so blessed  to be able to look out my window and look at beautiful red and white camellias. These flowers brighten up my winters days
  5. I am so blessed  to attend a positive thinking course, which focuses  on meditation and mindfulness.
  6. I am so blessed to attend a talk at the local library about healthy lifestyle, which had some great tips on goal setting, and being persistent.
  7. I am so blessed as always to attend my local Toastmaster meeting and listen to some amazing speeches, I also got to be Table Topics Master. So grateful that I could think of six questions in 15 minutes.
  8. I am so blessed to enjoy red wine, biscuits and cheese.
  9. I am so blessed to celebrate my son Mr. Serious birthday with family, we had a lovely meal out at Taco Bills followed by yummy cake and fun at home afterwards.
  10. I am so blessed to rest, have an abundance of tissues and curl up in my arm-chair wrapped in crochet rugs listening to my favourite podcasts and reading my favourite blogs. It is so good to be able to listen to my body when it screams stop( with runny nose, sore throat and throbbing headache.)

So lots of things in my life to feel blessed for, and I notice that by focusing on my blessings and the things I am grateful for life feels so much more positive.  Whilst I found a quote I really liked which is as follows:

“You can add up your blessings or add up your troubles. Either way, you’ll find you have an abundance.” ~Richelle E Goodrich

So I choose to add up my blessings. 

What was your ten blessings for the week or day?

 

Now to the NaBloPoMo August Challenge todays question is as follows:

Do you enjoy summer? Do you like it when it’s hot outside? Well I am laughing because I am feel so cold, and it is windy, cloudy and cold outside. It is a typical winters day. I do miss summer, I miss the sunshine and those beautiful warm days. However summer can sometimes be too hot. I appreciate winter, it that time of year to be a real homebody, to curl up on a couch and read books and watch movies. It is a slow time of year, which encourages rest and restoration. Whilst summer is a time I tend to be more social and active. I tend to spend more time outdoors, go out more evenings, catch up with family and friends more often. So I do enjoy summer however I am in the midst of enjoying winter.

Beautiful Winters Day!

Beautiful Winters Day!

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

 

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It has been a quiet week, a week of sickness and cancelling activities. I did recover in time to get back to work, which was a good thing. Life has been going along OK so I am grateful for that. A quiet weekend full of sleeping in late, reading and listening to podcasts. Also of getting to work and enjoying chocolate.  

These are my ten blessings as follows. 

  1. I am so blessed to have my car service so it can continue to go and be reliable for me. Also to have it service in-between school hours so convenient.
  2. I am so blessed to be able to go to my son’s church service at school with both boys; the service was spiritual and uplifting.
  3. I am so blessed to be able to get my hair done and feel good about myself. Beautiful self-care.
  4. I am so blessed that when I was sick during the week that I had the luxury to stop, relax and rest. Also that I stopped and listen to what my body really needed.
  5. I am so blessed that I have been able to do my journaling every day this week.
  6. I am so blessed that I didn’t have to wait long at the outpatients department and my son got a good report.
  7. I am so blessed that I had time at work to complete my online learning, and also got to eat chocolates
  8. I am so blessed that the council provides a wonderful social group for my son to attend in a supported way. That I have the patience to fill out the paper work, have the assessment done and organizing for him.
  9. I am so blessed for glimpses of sunshine in the depths of a cold winter’s week. That alone just warms my mode up a little, and puts a smile on my face.

10. I am so blessed for my morning meditation practice even if I am still in bed under the covers.

What was your ten blessings for the week or day?

 
Wishing you all a wonderful day and week ahead.

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