Monday Musings — 20Nov23

Wow this crept up on me quick. I’ve had a cold this week, and got some meds for it on Friday, that seem to be killing it off. Trying to avoid pneumonia and a visit to the hospital.

It’s Thanksgiving week. Which, again, this year is going to be less stressful for me since all I need to do is make Anadama rolls. I use my Nana’s recipe, which I’ve had for years. Here it is:

Well used. I made a pdf to give to family members, but there’s no reason to not post it here. It’s fairly simple, but does take a while.

So what are you thankful for this week? This month? This year? It’s time to assess your life, and see what you love about it, and what you don’t. I’m thankful for the people trying to keep me out of the hospital. From my wife, to my cardiac team, to my PCP. Been in too many time this year. The heart and lungs have been the big problems, and fluid retention, caused by them, mostly. I’m thankful that I can be home and safe with help just a phone call away. I’m thankful for Nora. I’m thankful that Oliver is still a goober, even though he seems tired most of the time. I’m thankful for the staff at Cancer Care, who treat me like family, because I’ve been going there so damn long. I’m thankful to still be here.

1. Keep a Gratitude Journal. Establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life gives you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness.

2. Remember the Bad. To be grateful in your current state, it is helpful to remember the hard times that you once experienced. When you remember how difficult life used to be and how far you have come, you set up an explicit contrast in your mind, and this contrast is fertile ground for gratefulness.

3. Ask Yourself Three Questions. Utilize the meditation technique known as Naikan, which involves reflecting on three questions: “What have I received from __?”, “What have I given to __?”, and “What troubles and difficulty have I caused?”

That’s it for this week. Remember what you have. Maybe it isn’t much, but it’s yours. Hold on to it.

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4 thoughts on “Monday Musings — 20Nov23”

  1. I am thankful for YOU my dear brother.
    So well written.
    Happy Thanksgiving. Love you bunches.

    1. I am thankful for my family. It hasn’t been a easy year. But that is ok. We are getting thru it with God help love y’all

  2. That is some of the BEST bread around too.????. I am grateful for all the above because it gives this family more memories ❤️. I am grateful for all the blessings that God has given me again this year. I’m grateful for the crazy family I have. Have a great Thanksgiving and take care of yourself

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