I try to live in an attitude of gratitude, creating the life I want, and enjoy. Sometimes I get a little off track, but that is the enjoyment of it, I just have to adjust my path and get back on track and get back in the flow.
I was reading some old school reports last night, I started school when I was 5 and remember my teacher, reading her thoughts about me made me smile and laugh. Then I was laughing my head off at all the comments over the years from different teachers. All thought I could do better, I was disorganized, in my writing, and in my work. Only my socializing and sports seemed to get me noticed. As I look back I am grateful for those teachers, and my parents, who were so willing to encourage me and consider that I could do better, who saw something in me, which at that age I maybe did not see in myself. Amazingly, I was made a prefect and head of house in both my schools, and head of school in my prep school. So they obviously saw something in me even at those early ages.
Last year was a major challenge for me, a lot of personal issues arose, not least of which was that I was told my prostate cancer was back and I would need radiation and hormone treatment. Last week I had my six month check up and was given the all clear. I will have six month checks for the next few years, but I see my self as a Victor, not a survivor, that reeks too much to me of being a victim. I am not victim, I am an overcomer. Our local brewery Victory, has tee shirts which say Revel in Victory! when my size is in stock I am getting myself one.
This year business wise, even with all the challenges, has been one of my most successful, and for that I am grateful as it has been a major distraction and time filler to the hours spent at home.
Where I live, I can walk out of my front door and walk into Valley Forge National Park. Even when we were shut down, including the park, the rangers allowed you to walk there on your own. It was not a matter of being entitled, but simply taking advantage of this wonderful park and open space to exercise and breathe fresh air and enjoy nature around me. I am so grateful i chose this apartment to rent when I moved out during my divorce last year.
Finally, I am so grateful for my new car, my Toyota Camry was a delight to drive, but the miles were creeping up and with the antiques business I opened on the side, I needed a vehichle that could hold some larger items. My Jeep Grand Cherokee is so comfortable and totally matches what I needed.
November is a time to be grateful and count your blessings. I have to say finally, this has been a blessed year. I have met a new woman who makes me very happy and has so many interests similar to mine and we have got to know each other during what is a very difficult time for many, but we have been able to get to know each other and talk at length. I am looking forward to 2021 and all that it holds, but for now, i am living in the moment and enjpying where I am right now.