Thankfulness for The Problems

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Thankfulness is good all the time and I so love we have a holiday for it. Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday (Gotta confess I LOVE Christmas best!). However, it is so nice to have people's awareness of what they are thankful for be the theme of the week...Fun to receive greetings and blessings that give me pause to think.

This morning, in thinking about all of this, I discovered what I am most grateful for right now is for the things that don't look like good news. I know that it is said life is perfect and we are learning from every situation. Certainly, it seems, I often learn more when things are NOT like I want them to be. And, I read something the other day in Mike Dooley's book, Infinite Possibilities:The Art of Living Your Dreams that made me stop and think. He said the universe wants us to have fun and learn and we'd be bored if everything we wanted just manifested immediately. Hmmmmm.... I don't know, I think I could handle that. LOL ...

But I also know..... that a little more patience and recognition that the lessons that come with the waiting for my dreams to manifest are much of what my life lessons are about. The analogy of the importance being in the journey, not the destination seems to apply here for me.

So, while I am blessed with much: my family, my health, my work and the amazing people I get to play with...this week, I am taking some time to appreciate the perfection of the things I am struggling with: A close relationship marred by betrayal, the realization we probably will never move out to our 40 acres and build a home to retire in, the need for all new plumbing in this 47 year old home and a husband who wants to be the contractor but moves much more slowly than I'd like! Although my magic wand of intention is powerful...and cognitively, I understand the lessons in these problems are a gift, I am sure, my challenge is how to handle them with grace and even, perhaps, detachment. This life is so interesting!

Do you have some problems you can be thankful for this week? I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Luetta Newnam


As always you find a way to look at things through different glasses.

Thank you for sharing your thankful thoughts. I was just trying to convince someone how much better i feel having less and striving to survive with less. My challenging life experience has brought me inspiration, confidence, and courage.

I find I focus more on forgiving, listenig, hearing, learning, and loving. My ideas and dreams are constantly evolving into the reality that fits me best.

Thank you for being a part of my journey.

Nov 24, 2009 08:15 AM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!


Isn't it wonderful that we have a venue where we can share and learn from one another!  That the optimism expressed by one person can change the life of another!  I am so grateful to be able to communicate and learn everyday from all the Cow Pies flying around in the Universe and appreciate the opportunity to share this with all.  

Your post will be a feature in our group! 

Thanks again for sharing your Thanksgiving thoughts with us.   

Nov 24, 2009 08:18 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Luetta Thanks for your eloquence. You are someone who I have seen use your challenges and never complain or be a victim! You are inspirational! Thanks for being a friend.

Carra Thanks for your comments and I agree completely! AND I appreciate you letting me play in YOUR Universe! I was reading on Facebook about the preparations for your Thanksgiving-sounded yummy! Have lots of joy!

Nov 24, 2009 08:33 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Joeann, So many challenges to be thankful for! How else does one learn and grow? Right now I, too, am thankful for something that does not look like good news.

Continue to be blessed with good family, good health, good friends, good coaching. I continue to be thankful for you!

Nov 24, 2009 09:37 AM
Joeann Fossland
Advantage Solutions Group - Tucson, AZ
Master Certified Coach to Motivated Agents

Margaret  Thank you so much for your sweet comments!!Lots of love back at you!

Rick! Thanks Love your comments

Nov 27, 2009 03:25 AM