Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy and Thankful

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.” - Jim Valvano


I already have so much joy in my life (it has not always been so). I have so much love and laughter, so many friends and loved ones. I am very thankful. God has poured out His love and so many blessings since we have made this decision. I've been wondering why I deserve these things, and I think He is saying "Why not?"

I will rest, heal,relax, read, get well, laugh, sip tea, read a book in my easy chair. (Who doesn't need one of those... an "easy" chair)... I will commit random acts of "art" and kindness, and not always be in a hurry. I plan to spend more time at these water falls up the hill too. They are so close, yet I never go. I'll go listen to the monks chant and sing mass at vespers, I will pray and think and have a richer life.

I will spend time with my husband and grandson, and anyone who comes to visit. I will have my morning coffee and a magazine on the patio, read books, color, make pretty messes, and take my time cleaning them up. I'll help plan my youngest son's wedding (imagine)! to a girl we adore. I'll take naps, listen to crazy music, play with friends, spend lots of time with my aged friends because I'll have time. I hardly ever drink, but I think I'll have a gin and tonic (with a wedge of lime, if you please) on the deck during a sunset (that sounds so sophisticated, huh)? I will actually listen to the birds, watch my flowers bloom, take a ride or two in the car with the windows open and the radio turned up all the way. What more could a "girl" want?

As my Grandma would say "Ah, thanks be to God."

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9 comments:

  1. Ah, thanks be to God.....for you. I love you my friend and you have no idea how many lives you touch each and every day. I will pray for restful, healing, peaceful days ahead.

    XXXOOO
    Deb

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  2. I'm so glad that you will be able to enjoy life hopefully with less stress there will be less,pain/frustration... You deserve this and I am so thankful you are going for it!
    JOY!

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  3. Oh Sheila! How wonderful. I think that I may come back to this post every time I am having a bad day! I wish that I lived closer. I can see a friendship that would surely blossom. AND....I could teach you to sew! The only thing that I don't like to do is cry. I've had enough of that for a lifetime. But laugh and think.....definitely! Have a wonderful day and keep posting! You are a great inspiration!
    Denise

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  4. Sheila ... you have it right. Not that we earn or deserve the wonderful things and people in our lives. But they are precious gifts for us to enjoy. So take time to enjoy and cherish friends, flowers, waterfalls .... ALL of life.

    And, my dear, know that many people love and cherish you! I can tell from the comments that you touch MANY lives.

    Hugs - Betty :)
    ps - Cindy (Tarte) and I play (er, WORK) together at Deepwood ... lol!

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  5. You are all so awesome! Thank you so much. I hope we get to spend time and play more too.

    Love you All!

    Sheila

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  6. Raising my coffee cup this morning to YOU....
    TO THE GOOD LIFE!
    Sending you all of my best wishes...all of my heart felt wishes for healing and joy!

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  7. I felt the stress ebbing away just reading your post. Good for you!

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  8. Deb, thank you for 40 years of friendship, may we have at least 50 more.

    Love you too.

    Sheila

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