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#54: A Yard Full of Praise

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A SP member wrote recently of how she gives thanks when she exercises. This afternoon I decided to follow her example while mowing the front lawn.

When I started it was a typical hot and muggy Central FL afternoon. A blah, gray feeling had wrapped itself around me. But as I began mowing, a breeze kicked in and lasted until I was finished. In no particular order here are some of the things I gave thanks for during the half-hour this took me:

* That I am alive and functioning rather well. That I am fairly healthy and can see and hear and taste and feel and that I experience happiness and compassion and sympathy and sometimes sadness.

* For the cool breeze and the smell of freshly cut grass and how nice the yard looked when I was finished.

* For my friend Tom and the lawnmower he bought me last year when mine broke and I couldn't afford to get a new one.

* For my nurse practitioner who gave me a good bill of health after yesterday's annual physical and for the doctors and lab people who assist me throughout the year.

* For my family and friends and their families, that they remain well and safe.

* For our military, firefighters, law enforcement and corrections personnel who risk their lives that we and our country remain free and protected.

* For having a home to live in and a radio and TV to listen to and watch.

* For my pets that I've rescued from a life on the run and for their companionship and playful antics.

* For the flowers and plants in the yard that produce such vivid colors.

* For the orange and grapefruit trees in the back yard that offer up sweet and juicy fruit each year.

* For my neighbors who always seem to be around when I need help with something.

* For the frequent rain we receive that turns the grass a brilliant green and that helps replenish our aquifer.

* For SP counting cutting grass as cardio.

* For all of the SP members who offer encouragement and support every day. Although time does not allow me to always thank everyone individually for their kind words, I am grateful for your caring attitudes. You may never know how your words pulled me out of despair. Thank you all.

As I finished mowing, I realized the blah, gray feeling had disappeared. The endorphins from the exerise kicked in I suppose but most of all I believe I felt happier because I turned my focus off of me and onto other people and things.

Maybe that's something we need to do more often. I realize I do. Have a blessed weekend.
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  • PATSDIARY
    Thank you for your reminder of how lucky we are! Sometimes I forget in the hurry and pressure of everyday life. I wish you a wonderful day!

    Patti
    4209 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    That is SO beautiful, Lou. There really is a healing quality about counting our blessings. It's such good medicine. And as you have proven... it's catchy! I will be doing a whole lot more of acknowledging those blessings myself. You and my other SparkFriends are very high on the list of blessings for which I am thankful!!
    4209 days ago
  • 2BSALLYB
    Wow, you are one blessed guy! I agree, we need to count our blessings lots more often than what we do..Thanks for reminding us.

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    4209 days ago
  • BEACHDREAMS
    WAy to go--I'm trying it tomorrow!
    4209 days ago
  • LAURIES_PLACE
    Hi Lou,

    What a wonderful way to spend the time mowing. I cut the grass yesterday (before the hole in the yard found me) and admit I was not thanking the L-rd. I was, though, thinking about how pretty it looked, how much fun my grandkids, Hunter, Jorja, and Jacob would have playing in the yard today, and how bountiful my garden has been this year.

    Your trees sound heavenly. I have a fig tree, and today I was watching two birds take turns eating a fig. I don't mind sharing with the birds and the bunnies--I have enough to share and help fill their little bellies. I have two blueberry bushes and a bay laurel, but this is their first season so they are just babies yet--babies that I love watching grow.

    It's been hot here, too. Today I actually had two fans out in the yard on the kids to keep the mosquitoes away and to give them a breeze. Now we've had an hours-long storm along with flooding, so though it is still very humid, it is only 73*--the coolest I have seen in months, including nights.

    Have a wonderful evening, filled with the peace of the L-rd.

    laurie
    4209 days ago
  • LIFEHASCHANGES
    Hi! Thank you fpr stopping by my blog with congratulations! I really apreciate it, its truly uplifting to have all the support on here. Thanks again for yours!

    I look forward to seeing more of you! Thats cool that spark counts clipping as cardio, I'd be giving thanks for that too! I heard they count playing with your children as a workout too, and I get a workout playing with my little boy without a doubt!

    After reading your blog I am considering more places where I can have gratitude in my life! Thanks so much, stay blessed!

    Mrs. k
    4210 days ago
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  • TEACHINGAGAIN
    Thanks for this blog! I think I will try and do this when I am walking!
    4210 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I really do try to give thanks when I'm mowing the lawn. I got a 1/4 acre and it's a big yard to me. I thank The Lord for my home but I just don't like the lawn mowing. I am hoping I will be better able to do it now that I lost weight. Last time I did it, it was a lot better. Had someone doing it while I been away and I love that.!

    Take care, I care. Nan
    4210 days ago
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