Appreciating What I Have…

Today is the coldest morning we’ve had so far this season…the house wasJane Carroll sixty-one degrees when woke up…and…I whined…I’m not ready for cold weather…it hasn’t been fall long enough…tell winter to go away…

Well…you get the picture…and it isn’t a pretty one…

Bertha…only let me whine long enough to walk to the thermostat and turn on the heat…before she chided me…complaining about anything…even the weather…which I have absolutely no control over…only makes me unhappy…

She reminds me of the Serenity Prayer…change what I can…accept what I can’t…then she takes it a step further…telling me to appreciate…the things that I do like…like this warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal and cherries…the heat that warmed my entire house in a matter of minutes…my favorite sweater…which I get to wear for the first time in months…

And…of course she’s right…I do appreciate all of those things…but…now that I’m…savoring…them…it’s even better…and…I’m not whining anymore…

Jane

If you’re looking for a good book to settle in with on a cool evening… Becoming Bertha…comes to mind…

Longevity…

Life is too…long…to be unhappy…that’s what…Bertha…is telling me this morning…and…it’s not that I’m…unhappy…no…not at all…she’s just reminding me…

That life is too long to work in a job I hate…so…I should find something that I love about mine…every day…so that I will never hate it…

That life is too long to be in a relationship with someone I don’t love…so…I should focus on the things that I love about him…every day…so that I will always love him…

That life is too long to spend my days worrying…so…I should look for the positive in every situation…every day…so that I won’t be worrying…

That life is too long to live with regrets…so…I should live my life the way I want it to be lived…spend time with the people that I want to be with…so that I won’t have regrets…

I’m not sure exactly where this came from this morning…but…I know where it’s going…to…contemplation…and…appreciation…of all the wonderful things in my long life…

Jane