Day 28 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Comfort – There is always something to be grateful for.

Today I had a hard time waking up. That is not the norm for me. I am an early bird by nature. It has been a long hard week. With last weekend’s losses my emotions have been in a sad state of affairs. I know I am moving forward, I have too. But I also know one does not recover from great loss in a prescribed amount of time. So while my head says move on, move forward, it should be getting easier for you, my body says you need a break. Right now my body will not sleep without aid. 

I turned up the music in my car loud so it would keep me awake. I don’t know how to choose the music I want listen to on this iPod. If only I could make my own specific song list just like a mixed tape. Ah, a mixed tape. If only there were still such a thing. Yesterday I listened to the sad music played at the site of the synagogue. It soothed me in its deep soulful rhythms. I was grateful for  another way people were paying tribute to those lost lives. Maybe tonight I should go home and listen to both blues music and Hebrew tunes. Not a bad idea. Sadly I do not know what music to listen to help with the loss of my Sunday self care.                  

Today I had a mellow activity for my students. They needed calm after the holiday and I needed calm for me. Of course that means I have hours of correcting to do. I finished some during my day but just a part of what I need to get done. I didn’t have a lunch break today. I am grateful I was able to bring a meal for a “meal train” recipient  and it needed to be there before the end of the day. Giving to others is something that brings me joy.   

received news today of losses from two different people I care about. I can do nothing for them but to send my blessings. I grieve for their losses. So many difficult things in such a short period of time. Focusing on gratitude is a difficult chore today. But just as any chore can be seen as a negative, accomplishing even a small part of it is good. So I look around and I am grateful for what I see. I am grateful, so I pray that the people grieving today have an easier day tomorrow. I want an easier day for all.

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Comforting words

“May God console you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem (Ha’makom yenahem etkhem betokh she’ar avelei Tziyonvi’Yerushalayim).

 

 

3 thoughts on “Day 28 – LSS Attitude of Gratitude – Blog/Comfort – There is always something to be grateful for.

  1. Hey there Lauren… I am a strong believer in thinking that Religion and the beliefs of others should be what divides us… sadly rose coloured glasses live very much on in this vision.

    There is a song that I am very fond of that sums up my thoughts on how as a world we should be towards each other.

    I know it has an Australian theme but I believe it is a song that sums us all up.. no matter where we come from.

    “I Am Australian – The Seekers”
    view the video clip here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL_JvhfQjms

    I came from the dream-time
    From the dusty red-soil plains
    I am the ancient heart
    The keeper of the flame
    I stood upon the rocky shores
    I watched the tall ships come
    For forty thousand years I’ve been
    The first Australian

    I came upon the prison ship
    Bowed down by iron chains
    I bought the land, endured the lash
    And waited for the rains
    I’m a settler, I’m a farmer’s wife
    On a dry and barren run
    A convict, then a free man
    I became Australian

    I’m the daughter of a digger
    Who sought the mother lode
    The girl became a woman
    On the long and dusty road
    I’m a child of the Depression
    I saw the good times come
    I’m a bushie, I’m a battler
    I am Australian

    We are one, but we are many
    And from all the lands on earth we come
    We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice
    “I am, you are, we are Australian”

    I’m a teller of stories
    I’m a singer of songs
    I am Albert Namatjira
    And I paint the ghostly gums
    I’m Clancy on his horse
    I’m Ned Kelly on the run
    I’m the one who waltzed Matilda
    I am Australian

    I’m the hot wind from the desert
    I’m the black soil of the plains
    I’m the mountains and the valleys
    I’m the drought and flooding rains
    I am the rock, I am the sky
    The rivers when they run
    The spirit of this great land
    I am Australian

    We are one, but we are many
    And from all the lands on earth we come
    We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice
    “I am, you are, we are Australian”

    We are one, but we are many
    And from all the lands on earth we come
    We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice
    “I am, you are, we are Australian”

    “I am, you are, we are Australian”

    Hold onto your faith and the beliefs that your Religion brings you. Wear your “kippah” with pride… & know that no matter your journey you are indeed surrounded by people that see you for who you are… you as a package deal.. Religion & all.

    Regards
    Tan

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