Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankfulness


Thanksgiving has always held a very special place in my heart. It is the holiday in which I become the most introspective because it really makes a person stop and appreciate everything they have to be thankful for. 

It is one of the most interesting aspects of the human condition that we tend to highlight and dwell on the negative as opposed to the positive. We love to focus on our have-nots as opposed to our haves. We focus on what is wrong, rather than what is right. We focus on what we don't have, rather than what we do have.

No matter how bad we have it, there is always somebody out there who has it worse. Does that negate any problems that we are going through? Of course not. 

But it definitely puts them in perspective. 

Somebody out there would give anything to have the very problems that we have. In essence, we take for granted things that other people could only dream of having
Sometimes it's nice just to sit back and appreciate the things we are blessed with. If we were to sit down and write a list of all the things we have to be truly thankful for, it would very likely blow our minds. If we could switch our focus to these things, we would be looking at life through a totally new and beautiful lens. 

So no matter how many things may be going wrong in our lives, let us never lose sight of all the things going right. No matter how many things cause us anxiety, let us never lose sight of all the things that bring us joy. No matter how many things bring tears to our eyes, let us never forget the things that bring smiles to our faces
Let us always be thankful. 

Happy Thanksgiving week to my wonderful blogging family :)

What are your thoughts? Is it the natural human condition to focus on what we don't have as opposed to what we have? Do you practice thankfulness? 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let it Snow!!!



Anybody who has known me for any length of time knows that I am a snow person. I have a love of snow that is probably rivaled only by polar bears and Christmas elves (and I would even challenge the notion that either of those two love snow as much as me). 

A couple of weeks ago, on November 1st, we woke up with a dusting of snow on the ground. It's the earliest snow I can remember here in central Kentucky! Hopefully it's a sign of things to come.
Last year, Kentucky had their snowiest winter in over a decade. It was freaking awesome! I loved every second of it. Snow just brings out a childhood enthusiasm in me that is very hard to describe. 

I love spending time outside while the snow is falling, hearing the crunch of the snow under my feet as I walk on it, feeling the snowflakes fall upon my nose when I look up at it. To me, snow is one of the most beautiful things in the universe.


Do you enjoy snow? Do you get much snow where you live?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Let's Get Political


So, who wants to get political? I can see everyone running for the doors right now! Everyone avoids speaking of politics, religion, or anything else that tends to give rise to anger at normally jovial family dinners. 

I'm sure my political orientation is no secret to most people. I am a very liberal person. 

Wait! Don't automatically unfollow my blog, my dear conservative friends! After all, I have many conservative friends, and the vast majority of my family is conservative. I guess I'm just the oddball ;)

I am writing this because I don't understand why politics separate people so much. It seems as if two people could have everything in the world in common, but if they are of different political persuasions they automatically become mortal enemies. 

That's so insane to me. Several of my blogging friends are conservative, and I love their blogs every bit as much as my liberal friend's blogs. I think friendships should trump political differences. But the problem is, they too often do not. 

Why do we take it so personal when someone is of a different political persuasion than us? Why do we automatically feel the need to try to change someone's mind when their political orientation doesn't fall in line with ours? 

I think the problem arises due to the fact that we always believe we are right. I mean let's face it, when do we ever want to admit that we are wrong? That goes for liberals and conservatives both. So when someone is of a different political persuasion than us, we automatically think "I am right, they are wrong". 

But where does that type of thinking really get us? Why can't we just simply say "I have my beliefs, you have your beliefs, so let's just leave it at that, shake hands, and have a beer together". Or if beer is not your thing, maybe a martini (shaken, not stirred). 

Seems as if this approach would save a lot of friendships :) 

Why do you think we get so easily offended when it comes to our politics? Are you able to have close friendships with people whose political opinions differ from yours?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Saturday Morning Cartoons


One of my fondest memories from childhood is of getting up early on a Saturday morning, staying in my PJs, making myself a huge bowl (or three) of Lucky charms, and settling in front of the TV to watch Saturday morning cartoons.  I would watch them for what seemed to be hours on end. 

My three favorites were: Scooby Doo, The Littles, and the Muppet Babies. 

The Muppet Babies was my favorite because they got to go on all these cool adventures that took place only in their mind. No, they weren't hallucinating, they were just using their imaginations to take them far away from where they were.

I used to try my damnedest to do that, to use my powers of imagination to take me to far off places when I was a child, but alas it never worked.

Do they even have Saturday morning cartoons anymore? I haven't seen any in ages? But then again, early on a Saturday morning I'm usually not in front of the TV so perhaps I just never noticed. 


Did you enjoy watching cartoons when you were a child? What was your favorite cartoon?