Good Morning and welcome to Thankful Thursday - in my little corner of the world the day dawned beautifully - very cold, no wind and a very pretty dusty blue sky with wispy pink clouds. We are due for rain at the end of this day but right now it is as lovely winter day.
I am thankful every day but Thankful Thursday always makes me stop and appreciate all that I am and all that I have in my life. I am thankful for love and laughter, family and friends and the technology that allows me to be in touch with so many of you in your homes all around the world.
We have become quite a "Global Village" with text messages and message programs which makes us neighbours over time and distance.
I have new neighbours moving into the house next door to mine and this morning I knocked on their door and introduced myself and it was lovely to meet them - they are painting and doing work on the house before moving in but it is sure going to be nice having kindly neighbours. So I have the best of both worlds - cyber neighbours and real life neighbours.
Friendships are established and grow over the Internet and sometimes those furthest away from us know us much better than those close at hand.
So on this necklace of life I am thankful for you all as you are all important to me and I wear friendship's necklace with pride.
Life is going on despite the fact that we are in Election mode and there are skeletons coming out of cupboards, rocks being thrown and friendships broken because of electioneering. It is so important that we learn to agree to disagree and accept that others have the self same right as we do to their opinions. Even though we may not like that opinion - it is their right to have it.
It was Voltaire who wrote:
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
and they are very wise words because with rights come responsibilities and I am responsible for my actions and attitudes to people.
However you are spending this Thankful Thursday I hope that there is joy in your day, a song in your heart and a spring in your step and you can find it in your heart to be accepting of the rights of others.
To my northern hemisphere friends enjoy the last days of summer and the return to normal life with return to work and children back at School - the seasons soon roll on and for you the days will be shorter and much cooler as you head into winter.
Spring is stirring here in Australia and the days are lengthening and the daffodils are blooming, blossoms are on the trees and summer is bound to follow spring. I don't relish the long hot sizzling scorching days of summer, but it is rather like I can't have a rainbow if I don't have the rain. We need summer to pass and take us into my favourite time of all - Autumn.
"Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness" - John Keats
(from his lovely poem To Autumn written in 1820)
I love Autumn when Mother Nature dresses in gold and red and dances on the wind leaving piles of leaves for me to kick through. I like waking to a cool morning and feeling the change in the air - the changing shadows and a world ready to rest. The harvest is gathered in and winter will follow.
I shall enjoy following the Autumn days from the Northern Hemisphere and seeing the glorious photographs of this special season.
However, we should be present to the moment and enjoy life exactly where we are - no wishing it away - just enjoy it all. I hope you can find joy in the little things around you today and that you take time to smell the roses.
Thank you for visiting the Musings of My Heart - a heart today filled with lovely thoughts about the seasons of the year.
Love and hugs,