Oh how I wish this were the view out my window, but alas it isn't. It does, however, reflect the same kind of beautiful, clear day we are having today. This was actually taken at one of our state parks last fall. Anyway, to my post title. I woke up this morning did the usual...took the kids to school, had some coffee, surfed around blog land a little...and am kind of taken aback about the whole copyright issue. I tend to take on everyone else's problems. Its in my nature. I get more upset over someone else's trials than they do. So glancing out the window and seeing the crystal blue sky and dazzling sunshine I decided to get myself out there and enjoy a little of it, and try to clear my head before I had to pick up the mouselings.
I drove over to one of my favorite running tracks and started running. Not fast necessarily, but at a comfortable pace where I could enjoy the run. The 'bad' stuff started melting away. I started to realize how petty some things can be and how we should really take stock of what we have and be grateful for every day we are given. I have been truly blessed. I started thinking of what I have to be thankful for...
1. A healthy body that lets me get outside to walk, run, skip and jump.
2. My hearing and eyesight to be able to take in all the wonderful sights and sounds our world has to offer us. While running I saw geese, ducks, robins, cardinals, orioles, the buds on the trees, the grass getting greener and greener. I heard the birds calling from the trees, the water running from small streams into the lake the track runs around, the crunching of the gravel under my feet.
3. I have a great family. Yes, we have our disagreements and rough patches, but everyone does. But we all know that when push comes to shove we will be there for each other.
4. I have the ability to create and share my quilts with those I hold dear in my life. So what if someone else creates the same thing. When it comes down to it every work is an original creation by the quilter's own hands. I am not doing this to win awards or pay the bills. I do this as a labor of love, and my biggest hope for my quilts is that the recipient will cherish them.
When I got done running I felt so much better. It really does help me to clear my thinking. I know everyone's life can get clouded by problems in their own lives as well as the problems in their family's and friend's lives. There really is no way to avoid them. You can't run away (well, maybe you could, but that may not be the wisest choice *grin*), you can't wish them away, and dwelling on them doesn't really help either. I just have to remember that even when things look bleak, or things get you angry or upset to remember that it isn't ALL bad. I know there are so many of you going through things right now. Many of you are probably like me and take on other's problems as well. For all of you that are I hope that you are able to find a little time for yourself, to get away and count your blessings. I'm feeling so much better since I did. Here's hoping you all have a wonderful day!! Warm country wishes all!!