As Thanksgiving approaches, we all start to think about what we are thankful for. Gratitude becomes the theme of the season and we, as parents, strive to teach our children what Thanksgiving really means and how important it is to be thankful for what we have.
Thanksgiving isn’t just about honoring our ancestors who first came to these shores of America and had a meal with the Native-Americans, which we all know now, there is much more to that story. I do teach my children the history of Thanksgiving and why we celebrate it but to me, it’s also about remembering how lucky we are to be living in a free country.
I am always telling my boys about gratitude all year round. It’s important to me to teach my boys that no matter how little we sometimes have, there are others out there who have it worse. I was taught this growing up and I strive to pass it down to my children. I believe that we should always be aware of our place on this planet and spend the time we have with this life giving back and staying humble.
I remind them that we have TV’s, and xbox, and computers. I remind them that they have things they love like Nintendo DS, iPods, and pretty much any toy they’ve ever wanted, their father and I have worked hard to make sure they have those things. When Conner complains we have no food because I don’t have the junk food he likes to eat, I remind him that we have more food than those who have no food at at. When I take them to the doctor to get check-ups and they both complain about getting shots, I remind them that there are many children out there who don’t receive medical care to make sure they are healthy.
In a world where it seems we are getting increasingly narcissistic, we are forgetting to show compassion to others and this is causing a major drop in humility. With the recent attacks on other countries and the threats of terrorists in our own, we must not forget to be thankful for the freedoms we have. I remind my boys to be kind to those around them and to remember that everyone is fighting their own battle.
I had planned on posting a very different quote this week but in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, I can’t very well go on my blog and NOT post something on this horrific event. I have been watching the news since yesterday and have welled up with tears at the images and videos of innocent people running for their lives. I am mourning those lives senselessly taken by senseless and ignorant people.
While watching the news I often found myself thinking of past leaders and how they would have responded to these terrorist attacks that are happening throughout the world. I found myself thinking, “What would Winston Churchill say?” He is someone I greatly admire because he wasn’t afraid to make waves with his colleagues, with the people, and especially with the enemy. He had his faults, as any human being does, but he never backed down from anyone and always stood up for what he believed in. So, I went searching for some quotes by him that I think suits the situation and also offers messages of hope because that is what the people of Paris need right now. It’s what we all need right now and honestly, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t try to spread the message of hope in this terrible time.
Never Give Up! I love this quote because not only is it poignant in giving hope for Paris, but also to reflect how the citizens of Paris have responded! Despite their fear, they are not going to let the terrorists scare them into not enjoying their lives. The people of Paris are defying orders to stay inside and they are going out and holding vigils for the victims of the attacks and they are expressing their anger at what happened. Good for you! So this next quote is to reflect that
Here’s to you Paris! I am thinking of you and I stand with you!
I LOVE The Walking Dead! It is one of my favorite shows and I even watch The Talking Dead after. I record them on my DVR. I love this show so much because I love zombies but also because the characters are compelling and it really makes me think about what the world would be like if there was an apocalypse. Carol and Michonne are my favorite characters and last week Michonne said this to another character and I can totally relate to it.
I can relate to it because I have seen the darkest parts of myself. Having PTSD or any other mental illness can really open a person’s eyes to what they are truly capable of and that darkness that we all have, well, some of us can be pretty damn scary and I have scared myself so Michonne saying this resonated with me. Both Michonne and Carol were mothers who lost their children and that loss played a big part in them becoming hardened warriors.
I see myself in both of these characters because of their survivor skills, their hard outer shells they have had to develop in order to survive mentally. Michonne is healing, even in her zombie world but she is very aware of what she is capable of and knows that sometimes she has to fight her own demons. She is willing to fight for her happiness. Plus, she is such a bad-ass!! Love her!
I wonder what everyone else thinks about this quote though. Its a great question to be asked. Have you ever been in such a dark place that you question who you are?
With this being the last Sunday of October I can’t leave the my favorite month of the year without some Halloween “words of Wisdom”, especially since Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year (Christmas comes in a close second). I found this quote a while back and just love it! It has everything that draws me to Halloween in one short quote, save the dressing up part, but that’s just a given. For ’tis near Halloween, when all the ghosts and goblins come out!
We get to dress up in our scariest…or sexiest costumes and cause some mischief in the world without any repercussions. Of course, the cops are out this night so you might want to not cause too much havoc now, hehehe!
Halloween is almost here ladies and gents! Get Ready to haunt, trick, and be scary!
Here are a few more of my old tags I made for Halloween:
I hope you all have a fantastic and hauntingly happy Halloween!
Yesterday was the 5 year anniversary of a friend’s death. I wrote a post about it that you can read HERE. Talking about grief is hard but can help with the healing process. We can never truly heal from the pain of losing someone we love but we can ease our pain by living our lives better and always remembering the positive things our loved ones brought to our lives. Here is a quote I made and put it in my last post. Live Each Day to the fullest because you never know when it will be your last.
People talk about this all the time about life being short. You only live once so seize the moment. People talk about not taking your loved ones for granted yet we are so consumed with every day life that we forget to “stop and smell the roses.” Those who have not lost a loved one can’t fully comprehend the meaning of the above phrases until they go through it themselves. It’s one of the many things in life that others can’t understand unless they’ve been there.
I, myself, having lost people before my friend so tragically and suddenly passed away, got lost in the hustle and bustle of life just like every one else. I knew not to take life for granted but I did it anyway. I can’t even remember the last thing I said to him, though I suspect, given the last moment I saw him as he was walking out my apartment door, I probably said something like, “See ya tomorrow!” I was most likely distracted when I said it because I was probably busy doing something motherly for one or both of my kids. Or I just could have been playing a video game. I honestly can’t remember.
He was there one day and literally by the next morning, he was gone. Now, I do take the time to enjoy each moment. I still get distracted. I’m a mom…and I’m me, so I’m always getting distracted by something. But I try to take each moment in. I don’t do that as if it will be my last. No, I just take it in. I revel in it. Watching how fast my boys are growing up is also another way in which I am seeing time and space just fly by and it causes me to pause a moment and just watch them.
When I go hiking, I do the same. I take in my surroundings. I look at the trees. I listen to the crunch of the sticks and leaves beneath my feet. At night, I love looking up at the stars and the moon and just watch them and I think of my friend. I wonder if he’s still out there, watching over us. That’s what I tell Conner. Then I sometimes say hello to him because something tells me that he is indeed, watching over us all!
These quotes are great reminders that our loved ones are never really gone as long as we keep them in our minds and our hearts, they will live on.