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The Curse Has Ended—Thankful Thursday

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I am an Atlanta Braves fan. I love Braves baseball, and I don’t mind that they finished near the bottom this year. “There’s always next year!”

Now I am also a Chicago Cubs fan. You see, I know one of their relief pitchers, Carl Edwards, Jr. He was the pitcher on the Dixie Youth baseball team that CJ pitched for when those boys were in the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. He was special then; he’s special now!

Chicago Cubs' Carl Edwards celebrates after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3.

This is NOT my picture, though I wish it were! That joy you see in his face? That’s the joy I saw when I watched him pitch as a youngster. I just finished reading an article about CJ. He wants to use some of his major league salary to buy tickets for the Dixie Youth baseball teams to come to a professional game and to stand with him on the field during pre-game. He wants to build a Dixie Youth complex here in Prosperity for the little boys in the community. This young man is something special. Let’s go, Cubs!

Besides celebrating the Cubs’ World Series win, I have so much for which to be thankful:

  • John continues to recuperate and heal from those nasty kidney stones last week.
  • Aaron has a wonderful fiancée who is so family-oriented; she is, in part, responsible for restoring Aaron to his family.
  • My family gathered Tuesday night for an impromptu fish fry/Beaufort stew supper. Two of Mama’s neighbors came as well. Ms. Eleanor and Mr. Jack are like family. Mr. Jack’s wife passed away just a couple of weeks ago from Alheimer’s disease; Ms. Eleanor’s husband has been gone three years or so. You might think it was a sad affair Tuesday, but it was joy filled and so much fun!
  • My niece, my brother’s child, Georgia, may be a “beauty queen,” but Georgia has a generous heart. Last night, she hosted a Sonic night to raise money to find a cure for JM on behalf of a little girl whom she met during the summer. Elle has this auto-immune disease, for which there is no cure. Her white blood cells are attacking her body. Georgie, dressed in typical teen-age style last night—blue jeans, t-shirt, and her Miss Elite Teen sash—greeted customers with her beautiful smile.

This practice of making “gratitude lists” gets easier over time because the more I think about the gifts I have been given daily, the more I see them.

Thursday Thanksgiving

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After a month of worry and sorry, it is time for me to pick myself up and change my attitude. St. Paul writes frequently that no matter what the circumstances, we should give thanks. So, I am making my thanks public—on Facebook. Each day I am posting one thing for which I am thankful. Since today is September 3, I am posting my Day 3 thanks here in this space.

Day 3–#RiseinGratitude Yesterday didn’t happen has planned. I should be used to that since the last three weeks have gone nothing like I had planned, but God has a way of intervening sometimes. Yesterday, I felt like being creative. Creative for me often means pulling out my camera and going for a long walk to see what there is to see, to receive (as Christine Valters Paintner says in her writing about contemplative photography) images. In doing so, I see how great my/our God is. What a masterful Creator He is! I did not walk, but I opened some images I had taken two weeks ago and played with editing and artistic choices. Not only did I satisfy that emptiness that lack of making art created, but I also reveled in the beauty that God places in the world. We may have lost Eden in the Fall, but God constantly reminds us of what Paradise is. Just look at this beautiful morning glory! Do you see the hearts? God loves us so much that He reminds of His paradise!#BEDIP

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June 1—The Experiment Continues

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Actually, it’s not even a new experiment. Gratitude lists and journals have been around for a long time. Ann Voskamp wrote about her experiment to collect a list of 1,000 gifts, and she continues.

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Last month, I began an experiment of my own. I wrote a list of things for which I was thankful and grateful. Each day of month of May, I wrote down that number of gifts. By May 31, it was hard not to repeat that items, but you know, I think it’s okay to repeat myself, especially if that repeated item is something for which I am truly thankful, such as my music and my recent piano lessons. I have rediscovered my joy in playing piano, now that I actually have a piano to play!

So, this month, I am modifying my experiment in two ways, and again, I have to confess that I am not being extremely original. I read the other day about The Five Minute Journal, a printed journal with several prompts for the day:

  • Three things for which I am grateful;
  • What would make today great?
  • Daily “I am” affirmation statement?
  • Three amazing things that happened today
  • What would have made today even better?

According to the originators of the The Five Minute Journal, there is power in beginning and ending the day on a positive note. The three things in the gratitude list set the tone for positive things. The daily affirmation also helps us think positively about ourselves. (I am notorious for putting myself down, so this affirmation thing is really kicking my backside and changing the way I think.) At the end of the day, there is a bit of self-reflection on the positive things that happened, and reflection on how we could have met the goals of the day and how we can make the next day better.

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All of this goes into my journal where I write my morning pages (a la Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way).  It’s one of my three daily pages right now.

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There is an old saying that we see what we look for. So, this month, I am going to try to see the gifts in front of me, those things that God has given me—and to the world, and to accept those gifts with a thankful heart.

Will you join me? I bet we can come up with at least 1,000, but perhaps even 10,000!

Thursday Thanksgiving

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It has been so long since I’ve written a gratitude list. This used to be a regular part of my blog. But then “life” happened, and I made some changes, and.  . . . 

Excuses, excuses.

So, today, I’m starting over. On Thursdays, I will post a list of things for which I am thankful. Ann Voskamp calls them “gifts” in her book One Thousand Gifts. In her book, she lists some of the ways that keeping a gratitude list helps: being thankful actually can make us healthier. It relieves depression, and certainly, not being depressed leads to better health. Being thankful and grateful makes us more pleasant to be around, for sure, and it leads to better performance all around.

So, here is my list for this week:

  • cherry blossoms. Several years ago, my darling husband decided that the blooming cherry tree in the back yard was taking up too much space, so he cut it. It was definitely a “George Washington” moment around the Fulmer household. I was heartbroken and devastated beyond belief. I looked forward to that cherry tree coming into bloom every spring. I knew that when that tree was in bloom, it would be warming up soon. DH (darling husband) told me that it would come back, that it would sprout from the stump. And it did, and finally, there were cherry blossoms on the tree this year!

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  • camellias. I’ve told the story so often about Grandma’s camellias and how she brought some seedlings with her when she left her home in Georgia after she married my granddaddy. This year, we had some deep freezes in February, the kind of freeze that goes to into the low tens and teens. One morning, it was 12 degrees here by the ponds! That kind of freeze! The camellia was budding, and I knew for sure that the buds had frozen, and I would have no bloom this year. God amazes me time after time. The camellia is in full bloom!
  • piano lessons. Okay, I know how to play the piano. I took lessons from the time I was eight or nine until I finished college. I could, at one time—the end of my junior year in high school, play Chopin’s “Military” Polonaise! I can’t now, but still. . . .  This year, I decided I wanted to take lessons again. I am studying with Wanda Neese, instructor of piano at Newberry College. I have rediscovered my love for the piano and for music in general.
  • blue skies. Not only have we had cold weather, we have had rain. I think one weather reporter said that in February, there were only six consecutive days of sun. March didn’t start out any better. We’ve had rain and clouds for seemingly days on end. But today, the skies were blue, the clouds were white, and the wind was just a gentle breeze.

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