Wednesday, March 21

My Joy Is Not Stolen, Nor My Serenity, By the Behavior of Others

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes
 a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” — Henry Miller 
   Good evening,

How are you?  I was distracted responding to a letter. I got it minutes before midnight from a friend I've known since I was twelve. So, here I am, a few minutes after midnight.

My Gratitudes for Tuesday. 
1. I rode my bike for 12 miles today. It's getting easier to do.
2. I explored the west part of the island while scooting around on my bike. The homes were pretty and the tree-lined streets refreshed my eyes and spirit.
3. I experienced someone's nastiness----his unpleasant personality. I'm glad
it didn't bother me. I'm thankful I responded without being equally nasty. I appreciate that I'm able to ask myself "how important is it?" when someone has a bad day and tries taking it out on me.
4. I'm grateful knowing that no one can remove my serenity without my giving them permission to do so.
5. I'm happy for humor. It's always great to have a belly laugh when experiencing stress. (No, I didn't laugh when the guy in number 3 had his emotional meltdown---I laughed afterwards.)
6. I enjoy what both Becky and Muse had to say in their comments yesterday, Tuesday.
7. I'm still happy that my car isn't working. If you don't know what I mean, check out Monday's post.
8. I'm getting healthier as a result of riding my bike frequently. Even now---yawn---I'm getting tired, at this hour. This is usually not the case.
9. I spoke with all three sons today, making today a special day.
10. I'm thankful for my middle son's honesty as he's facing challenges regarding his future.
11. I look forward to getting together with my oldest son, soon. Lately he's been working 17 hour days.
12. I wrote some of my buddies from high school. Yep, high school. We are seeing about getting together.
13. I'm happy I don't worry much, when most people would, in similar circumstances. It's a relief  knowing God, leaving my problems with him, doing what I can and trusting God's for the outcome of my actions. He does far better than I could ever do with my feeble abilities.

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Quotes from the Posts

"I'm mindful that our thoughts affect the words we use, our words influence our actions, our actions shape our character and our character determines our destiny."

From "My Character Determines My Destiny." To read it, please click here.

"Progress not perfection, is better than no progress at all, especially when we're trying to rid ourselves from unwelcome dragons that dwell within the closets of our soul."

From, "Still Learning" which, within four days, became the most popular post
written. To read it, please click here.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its trouble, but it does empty today of its strength"
From the post: "Life Is Not a Correspondence Program." Click here to read it.

"Even though we cannot control our circumstances, we can control how we choose to respond to them."

From, "Handling Stress and Dealing With an Emotional Bully."Click here to read this post.

"Nope, being busy isn't exciting. Boring is good. Because boring is not boring; boring is being healthy, living a balanced life that has serenity"

From: "Do You Know What It Means If You Are Too Busy?" For more, please click here.