The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

On giving thanks

There is a lot that is bad about this world. There are days when it takes a super-human effort just to crawl out of bed and face the day. There are moments when the constant barrage of information we are bombarded with feels overwhelming to the point of suffocation. It's so easy to become prisoners of our own success, drowning our senses in the incessant noise of a world that seems to be doing its best to implode. That's when it's time to step back and take a moment to reflect on all the things we should be thankful for. Today I have taken a good look around me and I know that I am thankful first and foremost for my family, who are there for me in the good times and the bad times.  I am thankful for green fields and wild flowers. For the sea and  puffy, grey clouds. I am thankful for books and for the people who write them. For Beethoven and Cohen; for poets and dreamers. Thankful for friends and memories. For giggles and laughter. I am thankful for freedom and for moments of unbearable lightness of being. For stardust and moonlight. Thankful for just being me, with all my quirks and endless contradictions.

Thankful. Just thankful.


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Wishing you all a happy, if belated,  Thanksgiving.


  1. There are lots of problems in the world, but a lot is good and getting better. Crime is down, global poverty has fallen by half from 1990. I think we don't put the news in perspective. To say that poverty is down, for example, is not to say the problem is solved--far from it. So news about continuing cases of poverty makes it sound like it's some intractable problem, when in fact, something can and is being done--just not fast enough.

  2. Loree,
    I am thankful your blog. Visiting here makes the work feel like a safer and pleasant place to be. Your blog is like being warmer wearing a reading shawl on a blustery dark winter day.

    1. Sorry...that should be... for your blog, and the World feels like a safer...

  3. I doNOT watch the NEWS............I made that decision years ago when the BOYS were small.IT WAS ALL BAD.They NEVER shared anything GOOD.I had an idea once to have a GOOD NEWS STATION!If I need to be INFORMED the ITALIAN will tell me over dinner!YOU have a lot to be THANKFUL for.................and I do BELIEVE TODAY YOU FEAST!!!!!!!HAPPY THANKS GIVING!XX

  4. I, too, am so very thankful for your blog...which I have said before. It is like a breath of fresh air...and we need that. Yes, there is a lot to be thankful for in this troubled world and you are on my list of things to be thankful for.
    Farm Gal in Virginia

  5. It is true that there are many wrongs in this world sweet friend but there are truly many good things to be thankful. Think your list is wonderful. Hope if you celebrated Thanksgiving you had a great one. Hugs!

  6. That was a very good list :)

    I am thankful for you, for your words of encouragement, and for the beauty you see and share through your words and photos.

  7. For 2 weeks I didn't listen to the News and I can tell you in the sunshine and warm weather I felt much better ! Now I am back and it's so depressing, it's better to not switch on the TV !


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