To Give Thanks

Those of you who know me, know that last year following my big adventure, I ended up at ABI – Acquired Brain Injury.  Following a short stay in the Regional Hospital, I transferred to ABI.  How lucky I was that there was a bed available to me.  And I have written at length about the wonderful service, care and attention I received there.

And then as I thought about this, my Attitude of Gratitude really clicked in.  So many things for which to be grateful and so I updated my page headed My Gratitude List.

Many of the things for which I am thankful, seem to be quite small until I consider those people who don’t have a caring family, group of friends, warm house, money in the bank or whatever.  So I shall continue to say thanks for all of them.

And then a couple of days ago, one of my sisters of choice (I have 3), Chris at Bridges Burning wrote Today is Mine.  I do agree that we can make of this new day what we will.

“When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.”

Those are the opening lines of Dare to Be by
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

 And for me, today the sun shines.

Westin Denarau

Photo courtesy Westin Denarau

I’m looking forward to a few days in Fiji where the sun always shines (or so it seems) and then later in August, a trip down to the South Island of New Zealand to see more of the sights of this beautiful country on a Tranz Alpine Rail Trip. Take a look at the video.


So as I sit preparing for my Writing Course this evening, I am very happy with my life and hope that you are too.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh




















17 responses to “To Give Thanks

  1. Once again you embark upon an incredible journey. This is a a good thing and your friends and chosen sisters are cheering you on.


  2. I always enjoy your quotes. Something good to think about. Thank you!


  3. Olga Strachan

    Hi Judith

    Lovely piece on your blog. Enjoy Fiji and the South Island. Would be interested In your experiences on the train

    Love grace and gratitude Olga

    Sent from my iPad



    • Thanks Olga. The Fiji trip is rapidly coming to an end and so I can start looking forward to the train trip and another visit to Tauranga to dog-sit.


  4. What a lovely post! I hope you’ll write about your trips. They sound marvelous.


  5. My very small heart also holds mucho gratitude of which you are a very large part dear sister of choice. I can hardly wait for our next skype! And all about Fiji and the South Island trip!⏰


  6. Have a wonderful trip to Fiji!! So much to be thankful for.


  7. Have never heard of ABI. How on earth do you get it?


    • Hi, Granny. No, ABI was the rehabilitation facility that I was in last year. I had traumatic brain injury but now I am completely recovered – a little more careful of where and how I walk but other than that, nothing.
      Good to hear from you again my friend. I hope all is going well. And apologies – I don’t know your name so have to call you Granny.


  8. Another adventure! This time by rail. I am grateful and happy with my life also.


    • Hello Jo Nell – I have seen a lot of this country but not much of the south island so am taking this opportunity with another of my friends. We are calling ourselves Two Tarts on Tour. How’s that?


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