Negativity and doubt breed fear, and fear keeps us from peace. Political peace differs from inner peace, though, and we can have inner peace no matter what goes on around us. Inner peace creates strength, confidence, courage, and calmness. We can have peace within ourselves and within our homes, and the peace that we and our families feel at home will overshadow any discord and chaos of the world.
I was disappointed with the choices on the ballot, so I was bound to be disappointed with the outcome, no matter what happened. However, this week as I cast my vote, I felt peace knowing that regardless of who won, my home would be a refuge from the outside world.
1. I'm thankful for the country in which I live.
2. I'm thankful for the ability to vote.
3. I'm thankful for freedom of speech.
4. I'm thankful for a system of government that provides checks and balances.
5. I'm thankful for freedom of religion.
While protests were going on across the country, I had my grandchildren staying with me. I was reminded of their blissfully ignorant world, where what truly matters was at the forefront of their mind. They were happy to see Grandma and Grandpa, their aunt, and Drexel. They wanted to know when they would see Mommy and Daddy again. They were excited to play outside, to eat meals together, to read, to listen to music, to bathe, and to sleep. (Well, that last one might be a slight exaggeration.)
6. I'm thankful for the excitement of my granddaughters when I said we were going to go vote. "Go on a boat! Go on Jungle Cruise! See the elephants, and the hippos, and the lions, and the. . . ." I gave a quick enunciation lesson. V...v....v...VOTE.
7. I'm thankful they easily adapted to (in their minds) a change of plans. We arrived at the school, I handed in my ballot, and we all received stickers! "I like going to the vote," declared my oldest granddaughter.
On Thursday night, the grandchildren went home. On Friday, John, youngest daughter and I actually did go on that boat ride at the Happiest Place on Earth. (Sorry, girls!) John and I were signed up to run a 10 K at Disneyland on Saturday, and needed to go to packet pick-up on Friday anyway. Since John had the day off, we took time to play at Disneyland on Friday before picking up our running packets.
8. I'm thankful for Veteran's Day, not just because it was a day off for John, but because of the chance to recognize those who serve our country. I'm thankful for brave men and women who so unselfishly give of themselves.
|Photo: My grandpa in his Navy uniform holds his infant son, my uncle|
9. I'm thankful also for 11-11, because it is Drexel's birthday. Can you believe he is 4 years old? Amazing, isn't it?
|Photo: Drexel, as a young puppy, sleeping in the sunshine|
10. I'm thankful for John. We had fun running together, and we even PRed! Even if we hadn't, though, we still would have had a good time. Whether we are turning in our ballots together, or crossing a finish line together, we can have peace and joy regardless of outcome.
|Photo: John and I cross the finish line of the 10 K race|
How has your week gone? What peaceful moments have you had in your home?
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine