I’m continuing my “thankfulness” posts on Easter 2016 because the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the existence of my faith, redemption and salvation. I’m grateful for the life which Jesus lived on this earth in order to make it possible for all humanity to be able to experience peace and atonement with God, the Father.
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?
A few months ago, I challenged myself to reflect on 30 reasons why I’m thankful, and to write about them. That challenge ended a few weeks ago, and I’m more thankful than ever. So, now, I’m going to post more often about the things, experiences, and people, for which I’m thankful. I believe that thankfulness helps us to be more content in our daily lives.
So, the tab on this site which read, “30 Days of Thankfulness” now simply reads, “Thank You”.
Join me each and I’ll share why I’m thankful!
Share Why You’re Thankful!
You can share why your thankful on the TDarrisBlog by posting in the comments sections of each post, or, if you send your “Thankfulness Story” to me via e-mail, email@example.com, your story could be featured on the TDarrisBlog.
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 🙂
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. 🙂
God, I just want to tell you THANK YOU for my daddy 🙂
(In today’s post, I’m embedding two videos from YouTube: One is Van Morrison’s Brown-eyed Girl, and the other is the Temptation’s My Girl— he used to sing these songs to me 🙂)
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.
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 🙂