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…

Today’s Forecast…Partly Happy…

Yesterday was a beautiful day…sunny…high in the sixties…not bad for mid-February…especially when last week it was snowing and freezing…

Yes…weather in the South is fickle…and…there were a few patches of snow in the shady spots to remind me of that…of course…Bertha…says…it reminds her of my life…of my emotions in particular…

She says…that they seem to change as often as the weather…happy…sad…angry…glad…no one emotion hanging around for too long at the time…

However…she surprises me by saying that’s the way it should be…she says we weren’t meant to feel the exact same way all the time…that…growth takes place in the changing of the emotions…and…that each one has its purpose…just as snow and sunshine have theirs…

Jane