Feeling Thankful

Yesterday our family took a walk in the woods.  It was so nice and relaxing.  I can’t imagine not being able to enjoy the outdoors. It calms the soul.

My daughter and I went to a movie several months ago called “Midnight Sun.”  I do recommend it, just make sure to have your tissues in hand.

Its about a girl with a rare disease, called  xeroderma pigmentosum , or simply known as the XP disorder. Yes, it is a real thing, a rare blood disorder. Sadly it is a fatal genetic disorder. I had heard long ago about this disorder, I remember watching a  documentary about it. The children that have it become children of the night.  This girl used to take her guitar and go out at night sitting under the stars and playing her music.

The movie makes you think about how much we take for granted!  Think of all the things you do outside.  What if you couldn’t do them?  A simple walk in the woods or through a garden,  can be so harmful to the ones suffering from this disorder.  Just a brief walk down the block can have fatal consequences.

I think of how easy it is for us sometimes to get so caught up in all the things that we do inside that we forget there even is an outdoors to enjoy.  When we walked outside after watching that movie, and as we dried our tears,  the sun felt so much more intense. The deep blue color of the sky seemed more vivid and the fluffy white clouds looked a little more fluffy.

Breathe in the wonder of nature when outside. We really are surrounded by a wonderful world, don’t take it for granted. Appreciate it and remember there are so many things we take for granted in this world that others would be so very grateful for!  I admit I complained some about how very humid it is today, we are having a scorcher of a week-end, but …  there are people out there who would absolutely  love to feel the heat of the sun shine on them and to see its beauty.




24 thoughts on “Feeling Thankful

  1. Great message here re appreciating what we have, instead of complaining about what we don’t have. We only have one life, and there are no guarantees about tomorrow. Somebody is going start tomorrow as a routine day and, due to a traffic accident, will live the rest of their lives quite differently. Some people will not live to see tomorrow.
    Every minute of our life is so valuable because it can never be retrieved. The time I spend composing these Comments can never be revisited … and our lives all have an expiry point in the future. Does anybody really want to waste what time they may have left simply moaning about what isn’t? Doesn’t it make so much more sense to celebrate what life is? Great Post JR. 🙂

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    • Thanks Colin, glad the post spoke to you.
      You are so right, why waste time grumbling when there is so many better things to do. We can so easily get caught in the trap of feeling like life will keep going and we will keep waking up every day but as you said, there is no guarantee! That doesn’t mean to worry and be fearful about what may happen, it means exactly what you said, “Celebrate what life is!”
      Thanks for your thoughts! 🙂

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  2. A gentle, though often needed, reminder. To move past the yesterday that cannot be changed, worry less about the tomorrow that may or not come, and instead to focus on the today that is present. Maya Angelou sums it up nicely : “I want to thank you Lord for life and all that’s in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour and the minute.” Thank-you!

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  3. a great reminder indeed. sometimes I just stand outside on my deck or front yard and just Breathe it all in – so thankful. Other times I get so busy with life, I forget. Thanks for a beautiful reminder. Sounds like a movie I’d like too. I don’t know why – but I love tear jerkers.

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    • You are very welcome and yes I like sitting on the porch swing and just breathing it in.
      Yes, I think you would like it! I agree with you about tear jerkers! I know I will need tissues but I want to see them anyway!

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  4. such beautiful photos of an even lovelier place in real life i am sure. rare conditions like that rob people of an ordinary life, and we never appreciate the ordinary things till its take away from us. a lovely post to remind us to be thankful for the big and small blessings.

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