30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #31 – I’m thankful that trends eventually fade away

Honestly, I don’t like trends because that usually means that lots of people are doing and/or, saying and/or thinking the same thing(s). I’ve never “fit-in”, and I’ve never been a “follower”. I’m more of an “anti-trendster” because if I see a trend which I think is cool, I generally don’t participate in it until it is no longer popular amongst the masses.

I’m sitting here trying to think of trends which I waited to embrace. One which I can think of off the top of my head is Facebook. I could be wrong, but I waited until 2009 to open my Facebook account for the simple fact that it was so popular amongst my friends and associates. So, i don’t do trends. What about?

Do you follow trends? Which are your favorites?

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I’m thankful for my daddy

My daddy used to call me his “Brown-eyed girl”. He is a pillar of my life. He was my teacher, leader, defense and strength. I was his little girl.

He pushed me and my siblings to study music and to explore the arts. He was so proud of us that he would showcase our talents to his friends whenever they’d come visit us on Saturday mornings.

He’d make us play the piano and keyboard. My brother would play his clarinet. My sister and I would play the violin. I would play the trombone— which my mother did not approve of me playing because she thought it would make me have big cheeks like Satchmo and Dizzy Gillespie— LOL!

It wasn’t until I started undergrad that I realized that so many people come from households which did not include their fathers and mothers living as one with their children. And just as I said in a previous post about my mom, I don’t know what my life would be like if I did not have my daddy.

I am thankful for the strength and life lessons he poured into me all my life before he died. And I’m thankful for the identity he gave me, and for the legacy which he passed down to me.

There is so much that I could say about him, but tears are rolling down my eyes as I think about him— maybe this post should be a podcast instead of a text post so that I can fluently express the gratefulness I have for my daddy πŸ™‚

He gave me some instructions before he left this life, and I’m so glad to say, “Daddy, I’m doing everything you told me to— thank you. I love you. πŸ™‚

God, I just want to tell you THANK YOU for my daddy πŸ™‚

(In today’s post, I’m embedding two videos from YouTube: One is Van Morrison’s Brown-eyed Girl, and the other is theΒ Temptation’s My Girl— he used to sing these songs to me πŸ™‚)

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Day #29 – I’m thankful for the opportunities to earn an education

In a previous post, I shared that I’m thankful for the freedom to choose. As a part of that freedom, I chose to become educated, and I I choose to be a lifelong learner. This is because the world is full of great things, ideas and people, and I’d like to learn about them while I’m along for the ride called, “life”. I enjoy learning at the University, and I also enjoy learning through interaction with people, the Internet, and exhibitions.

I want to focus this post on the fact that I am thankful that I have been educated through all of these means, and I am grateful to everyone who has taught me. I am one of the few of the billions of people in the world who is preparing to work on a doctoral degree, and has the time, knowledge skills and abilities to write scholarly essays and articles. I think that it’s safe to say that most of the people in the world could care less because they have to concern themselves with caring for themselves and their families and therefore don’t have the time, resources or opportunities to earn an education. And that’s okay, because there’s nothing wrong with providing for one’s family.

But, I’m thankful that I can use the education I’ve earned to help others in their areas of need.

God, I thank you for blessing me with the opportunities You’ve given me to become educated.

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Day #30 – I’m thankful for the Internet

I used Internet to write this post and website. You are reading this post. All of this happened because we’re using the Internet. I’m thankful.

Enjoy this video about the “Power of the Internet” and share your thoughts πŸ™‚

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Day #28 – I’m thankful for indoor and outdoor plumbing

Let me put it this way: if you’ve enjoyed the water fountains in your neighborhood, or t own, drunk water from a water faucet outside, used a toilet, flushed it, then turned a faucet to wash your hands— then, you should be thankful too.

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Day #27 – I’m thankful for electricity

If you are reading this post, then electricity had something to do with. You could be reading this post on paper. But the simple fact that this post was first published on the Internet (which is currently inseparable from electricity), it was readable because of electricity.

We Americans are blessed beyond compare. More often, than not, we walk into rooms and flick switches, clap hands, or simply walk in, and the room is powered by electricity enabling us to watch television, play video games, talk on telephones, charge mobile phones and cook food indoors without the need for fire and fuel sources.

Electricity, like any resource, can be wasted. So, I admonish each of you to use it wisely and in a conservative manner. Why leave a light on when no one is in the room to use the light? Of course, certain appliances, like the refrigerator and freezer, should remain powered. But is it necessary to keep items which are not essential to our well-being powered on? I’m not being a “treehugger”, I just hope to get you thinking about the resources we have and consider how we can keep them for as long as possible.

I’m also making these points because I’ve learned that the electric company charges for the low charge that remains constant while your DVD player, radio and television are sitting their plugged into the wall waiting for you to come and watch and listen to them again. After I learned this, I started unplugging things which I am not currently using—with the exception of (again) the refrigerator, freezer and other necessary items.

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Day #26 – I’m thankful for a clean bed to sleep in

Millions (probably billions) of people in the world do not have a clean bed to sleep in. And from what I’ve learned, most of them don’t even have beds to begin with and therefore whether or not the bed was clean wouldn’t even be a factor.

Do you know what kinds of critters typically travel across most people’s floors at night? So, then think about the kinds of creatures which travel across the grounds on which people sleep as a result of not having a bed to sleep in.

I’ve slept in a bed my entire life. It seems that most people in the world cannot say this. Therefore, I should be thankful for this and more— and I am!

What would your life be like if you did not sleep in a bed? Even if you have to share your bed with others, or even if you sleep on a couch— the point is that you are not sleeping on a floor, nor on the ground.

God, I thank you for my bed πŸ™‚