Saturday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for all the amazing people who do incredible things in response to what is going on in the world. I can get so overwhelmed with the terrible things that happen in the world and so I have to work really hard to remind myself that there is always light to counter the dark. I think that the light actually outshines the dark. This always reminds me of humanity’s incredible resilience and I truly believe our world is full of wonderful human beings. 


Here are a few reminders of this humanity. 

The Concert For Bangladesh in 1971:

Organized by Beatles legend George Harrison and Norah Jones’ father, Ravi Shankar, the two concerts were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 1, 1971. According to Yahoo Music, the events were created to raise money and awareness for East Pakistan refugees, who were struggling to become Bangladesh at the time. Packed with an all-star line up, The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind. The concerts were attended by a total of 40,000 people. This concert set the stage for mega-watt benefit concerts that pulled in various big-name artists for one common cause.

Live Aid in 1985:

 Sir Bob Geldof’s famed concert for the starving in Africa, which was held on July 13, 1985, was at Wembley Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
Performers included Phil Collins, Sade, Bryan Ferry, U2, Queen, David Bowie, the Who, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, the Pretenders, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan.
The Live Aid concert raised $38 million.

A Concert for Life: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness in 1992:

 The concert was held at London’s Wembley Stadium. The concert acted as both a tribute to the late Queen singer, and a benefit for AIDS research. The was an audience of 72,000 and broadcast live on television and radio to 76 countries around the world. There was believed to be an audience of up to one billion people. The money raised was intended to go to “AIDS projects worldwide.”
Performers included the surviving members of Queen, Metallica, Def Leppard, U2, Guns N’ Roses, Seal, David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Elton John, George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Robert Plant.

Artists for Grenfell 

Simon Cowell has pulled together multiple acts to raise money for the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.


Until next time

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Tuesday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful for beautiful spaces. 

Today I am grateful for people who have the talent to create calm, serene, and cosy spaces. 

We have been staying at Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue mountains and there are so many lovely places to sit and read a book, meditate and enjoy your own company and those of others. 

Our room at Sangoma Spicers Retreat

The dining room

Another beautiful space at Sangoma Spicers Resort


Until next time 

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Monday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful to be able to travel.

Today I am grateful that On Saturday David and I were in Sydney with friends. We had a lovely day. We caught up with my sister and then David’s oldest friend Antony and his wife Catherine. 

Today I am grateful that Saturday evening we had dinner with our friends Rachel and Shannon and then went and had a look at Vivid in Sydney. 

Vivid


Sydney Opera House Lite Up


Then on Saturday we drove up to Sangoma Spicers. We are having a lovely few days here with delicious food, great accommodation and wonderful walking. 

Sunrise at Sangoma

The view from our room

The proteas are stunning

The view near the end of our walk

The bottom of the valley during our walk


Until next time 

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Wednesday’s Grateful Post 

Today I am grateful for my amazing Saturday. 

Today I am grateful I was given the opportunity to be the guest speaker at the Right Royal Affair. This is the big fund raiser for the Royal Brisbane and women’s Hospital Foundation. Over 500 people go and it is a very gala event. 

I was very surprised to be asked. I was asked to speak at a dinner last year and I thought that was my way of giving back to the Royal and sharing the story about my accident and my recovery. This time I shared not only the story about my accident but I was able to share my connection with the Royal Brisbane. My dad was a vascular surgeon at the Royal and I used to visit patients with him, I trained at the Royal and I spent ten years as a registered nurse at the Royal. I was then a patient at the Royal in 2015 for 3 weeks. 

I developed life long friendships from the Royal and I am sure that is where I learnt to laugh and love life. We were exposed to so much of the terrible side of life. 

Jan, Jane, Joy and Jenny – friends from my training days

 

The day we graduated.


The four of us together again last week.


As I said in my speech the Foundation is able to respond to these terrible things and develop research and education which helps to make the lives of many of the people of Brisbane better. 

It was such a big week last week. It was 2 years to the day from the accident when I did my speech. I also finished all my hours for my Graduate Diploma in Counselling. It feels like life is going to have some very exciting new beginnings. 

About to speak.


I am very grateful for Karen Galligan the marketing manager from the Foundation for asking me to speak. I am very grateful to Sami Lukas for introducing me on Saturday night and getting all the room to be quiet. I am grateful to Petrol Clothing and Paula for my beautiful dress. I am grateful that nobody in the room spoke while I was speaking and many people gave me positive feedback afterwards. I am grateful to my husband David for making sure I got to the stage without tripping and for giving me a big hug once I had finished speaking. I am grateful that my sister Liz came up from Sydney and brought some of her lovely friends. I am grateful that my lovely friend Lisa and her husband Graham came along to support me and the Foundation. I am grateful for my beautiful friend Cass who is on the Foundation committee and who has always been an amazing friend. 

Sami Lukas and I


My friend Cass George and I


Today I am also grateful to be able to write this blog from the most beautiful place in the world while enjoying a delicious breakfast. 



Until next time 

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Friday’s Grateful Post 

Today I am grateful for winter in my garden. Whoever planted this garden did a beautiful job. I have different things in it that flower at different times during the year. 

Today I am grateful for the hibiscus.


Today I am grateful for the roses.

Today I am grateful for the golden pender.


Today I am grateful for the camellias. 



Today I am grateful for the geraniums. 


What have you got flowering in your garden this month? 

Until next time

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Wednesday’s Grateful Post 

Today I am grateful for comfortable pajamas and warm beds. Today I am at home tucked up in bed having succumbed to the cold all my children have had. But I am grateful for all things that make life more comfortable when you are sick.

Today I am grateful for boxes of tissues.

Today I am grateful for my warm, comfortable bed.

Today I am grateful for panadol and strepsils.

Today I am grateful for good books.

Today I am grateful for warm cups of tea and vegemite toast. 

Today I am grateful for heaters and warm socks.

And hopefully tomorrow I will feel better! 


Until next time 

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Tuesday’s Grateful List 

I have been absent from blogging for quite a while because life has been really busy. That does not mean I have not had many things to be grateful for. So …..

Today I am grateful that I have finished all my assignments for my Grad Dip in Counselling. I hope all I have left now is to finish placement. 


Today I am grateful for a day getaway to the beach. David and I are down the coast for the day as we have many tradesman working on stuff that has been affected by the sea air. It is a lovely place to spend the day.


Today I am grateful for the beautiful wedding I went to on Sunday. David’s uncle got married. It was a lovely day filled with love. I wish the lovely couple all the happiness in the world.


Today I am grateful for having a beautiful Mothers’ Day. I had breakfast at Mum’s with all the family and then went to a beautiful wedding in the afternoon. All the children are busy doing exams and assignments  but they all took time out of their schedule organise flowers for me and to spend time with David and I. 



Today I am grateful for the rain we have had over the last week. I have so many things flowering in the garden. 

Until next time 

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Monday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful to be free.


Today I am grateful to be able to enjoy the most beautiful sights in the world whenever I feel like it.



Today I am grateful to be able to wear whatever I want.

Today I am grateful to be able to choose whatever god I want to believe in.

Today I am grateful I am able to choose to be vegetarian , vegan, gluten free or whatever else I do or do not want to eat.

Today I am grateful I can write , say, or sing whatever I choose.

Today I am grateful to be able to choose how I vote.

Today I am grateful I live in Australia .

Until next time

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Friday’s Grateful List 

This morning I am grateful for how content I feel.


Today I am grateful for the beautiful breakfast I just ate – scrambled eggs and parsley on toast. The eggs came from our chickens and the parsley from our veggie patch.

Today I am grateful for sitting in the kitchen with the windows open breathing in the cool air and smelling the bush.

Today I am grateful for sitting and listening to beautiful music while I sit and eat breakkie. My playlist of choice this morning is Women’s Acoustic Morning.

Today I am grateful that all my family are home and enjoying the holidays.

Today I am grateful for the beautiful meal David cooked for us all last night. I was at placement all day yesterday and then uni last night. When I got up yesterday morning David was putting lamb shanks in the slow cooker. We had them for dinner last night with mashed potato. They were delicious. 

Today I am grateful that I don’t have anything particular to do today. 

Today is a good day. 


Until next time 

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Week Forty Eight – Why I blog . 

Today I thought I would share why I blog. 

This is an old post that I am re sharing . 

I started blogging quite a few years ago to communicate my travel adventures with my friends and family. Quite a few of my family did not have Facebook and blogging was a useful tool to communicate with them. 

After my accident on the 10th June, 2015 I had a damaged left arm and I am left handed. I have journaled for years and couldn’t do this because of my injuries. I decided that I would use my blog to record the five things I was grateful about each day. It was again a useful tool – it communicated my progress to my friends and family and writing what I was grateful about kept me positive in the months I was recovering. 

In the last few months my life has got busier and returned pretty much to normal. I am continuing to blog my grateful list. We are also traveling again so I am again using my blog to communicate our travels and record our travels for my own record. I have also started to use my blog to comment about subjects that I am passionate about – for example why it is useful to practice gratitude, how I believe a good life is organized, choosing to live with love and not fear, and subjects like terrorism and  Death. I have also had a few posts that have detailed why I am not grateful. 

Each time I think about stopping my blog I seem to get a message from someone to say it is helping them in some way. This seems to be that someone is low and reading all my grateful posts gives them a pick me up, reading my ungrateful posts I think reminds us all that it is unrealistic to be happy every day and that one unhappy day does not mean an unhappy life and also that it is possible to turn around unhappiness. Some days I do feel like I am putting my soul out into the public arena but I am trying to be honest about my life and the way I feel. Some days I think I have put too much of what is going on in my head into my blog but I will continue to do this because if my blog helps one person in even some small way or gives just one person some enjoyment that is a reason for me to keep blogging. 

Thank you to all of you who read my blog and I hope in some small way I am making a difference to someone’s life. 

Until next time…..

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