MY NON ENTRY (I am hosting the contest!) ACTIVERAIN DEFINING GRATITUDE AND GOALS CONTEST
FALL SEASON---Defining Gratitude (Sally's Story for the November Contest)
I have a 3 year old grandson, and one more grandson due the first week in December. It took ten years for my daughter to have a child and frankly, we all didn’t think she would bear any children at all.
Miracles happen, and I truly believe that if I let go of the things I have no control of, then mysterious things ….most likely positive ones…will happen in its wake. In other words, I do live by the following:
I do NOT have control over anyone or anything else in this world,
Living by those words, I concentrate on my thoughts…each and every day. (Especially if those thoughts are negative I process it. i.e. WHY I am thinking that way??) If I am ‘thinking’ that others ‘should do this or that’ then my thoughts are the need to control over others. (KEY WORD HERE IS “SHOULD”)
Every human being is different…therefore, everyone has different thoughts. I will act on those thoughts and ultimately the end result is either a negative or positive one. I HAVE CONTROL OVER ME (ONLY) AND CHOOSE to live by being aware of those thoughts.
Going back to my POSITIVE = GRATITUDE AND THEN,
GRATITUDE + A PLAN = GOAL.
The day I found out I would be a Gramma is the day that my daughter called me crying (of course I couldn’t understand her at first and she had to repeat herself twice) to let mom know….she is pregnant!
After 10 years of letting go and accepting that I may not be a Gramma I find out I WOULD INDEED BE A GRAMMA. Brayden came on September 20, 2011 and not only that, Baby Levi will be in here in a few short weeks!
Prior to that miraculous day, I had ‘adopted’ Kelan, Bob Stewart’s son, as my Grandson and have been celebrating his birthday and Christmas since 2007. Bob always sends me a video with Kelan opening his presents and I have watched him grow from baby Kelan until present. A fine young lad indeed! Just so you all know, the celebrations haven’t stopped …and won’t stop. Even if I am a Gramma of 2 of my own grandsons…I am still celebrating as if I have 3.
You see, I am soo grateful for Bob and his family allowing me into their family and to be “Gramma Sally in Hawaii”. That empty void …that space in my heart that was waiting to be filled as a Gramma, is a gift that keeps on giving, by Bob and his family and even the love of his life Erin. I continue to honor what I have and the miracles that fill my life since. Yes, MIRACLES do happen starting with kindness…and gratitude.
We all can create a plan from a simple act of kindness, (something that we are immensely grateful for) and then a plan turns into a goal. The miracles that follow, the successes that follows (the rewards experienced within or even in the form of grandchildren) can turn ones whole life around.
Gratitude in our Fall Season;
There is no rhyme or reason.
Gratitude is what one feels
And clearly cannot conceal…
For it begins…
From deep within.