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Knee Deep in Life & Thankful for the Lessons

Knee Deep in Life & Thankful for the Lessons

Lee Aldrich Middlesage

It’s November and our theme for the month is, of course, Thankfulness & Gratitude.  As we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, think about the things you’re thankful for.

’Tis the month that articles, programs, movies, writers present the same themes: Happiness, Gratitude, Thanksgiving. The subject is done to death every November. Social media is full of  day by day lists of the things we are grateful for. So please forgive me if I don’t tell you I’m grateful for the obvious things in my life. I am thankful that while standing knee deep in life, I am in a place that when God, the universe, kismet come together, I am present and able to recognize there’s teaching going on, and I am to be the student. In order to express my gratitude, I need to share what I’m learning. So if you would, please keep your arms in the car and stay seated until the ride comes to a complete stop…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen my blog partner, Barb, and I began middleSage, I had no idea the exciting, exasperating, and educational experience it would be. I figured I’d: write pieces from a personal perspective about the things I knew; share life lessons and experiences that may help somebody else; connect with people from a wide and varied background; learn a few things.

I had no idea that the “learn a few things” would escalate into learning LOTS about MANY things. And stranger yet, the more I researched for articles, the more I realized that the information had a similar theme running throughout and that information was speaking DIRECTLY to me and my life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABefore you point your index finger at your temple and circle it forward, let me assure you, I’m not nuts. Really. I don’t wear an aluminum foil hat that is capable of receiving messages from aliens. And I don’t hear the “Twilight Zone” theme playing in the background of my life. What I have come to realize – and be eternally grateful for – is that many times in life, God or the universe – your choice, provides exactly what we need when we need it. Or maybe we’re just more open to the messages at the time they’re delivered. Who knows.

 

When my blog partner, Barb, and I began researching in order to launch this past July’s themeDSCN5085“The Behavior Exchange Challenge,” we wandered into many sources for insight, information and clarity on the behaviors we were to be discussing – and working on changing in ourselves. Had we not developed this theme, I would never have come across the articles, blogs, sources or experts that I did.

My friend Sherri had given me several books by Eckhart Tolle which I finally jumped into with both feet since his theories echoed what we were working on in “The Behavior Exchange Challenge.” Tolle’s thoughts led me to research more on living in and for the moment (something which I’ve struggled with for years and am learning to do), which lead me to Brene Brown, a PhD professor teaching in Houston studying shame, how to embrace what we are instead of what we think we’re supposed to be, and learning to embrace the imperfection that we all have.

DSCN5084July, August and September came and went. October came and went, but what I was noticing is that is seemed like every time I turned around, turned on the TV or researched a topic, a new source or speaker would filter through life’s clutter. A speaker who would expand on topics I had just been reading about and that speakers topic would flow into the next talk or interview I heard. Weird, huh?

Barb would mention something about empathy and compassion and I would have JUST read a segment on that topic in Brene Brown’s book “I Thought It Was Just Me.”  I would get into a discussion about spirituality and religion and voila….I would hear an interview, or two!, on exactly that subject.

Each time these coincidences happened, it gave me a better understanding of the concepts I’d read about just hours or days before. It was happening so frequently, I thought I must be imagining it. And then I did what I have a tendency to do….I over-analyzed it until my brain shut off the analyzing.

file0001575685071A week or so ago I woke up in the middle of the night with the startling realization that life is as it should be. I was making all these connections because that’s what I NEEDED to understand in my life. I needed to realize that our connections and knowledge and beliefs are the glue that not only connects us to each other, but connects us in needing to understand the importance of the moments in which we live. To be present. To be aware. To have a thirst for knowledge.

I am thankful for a lot of the same things I see on social media gratitude lists. I also know the importance of being grateful for the less obvious things in our lives – the things that make us understand who we are.

file000740975077I am exceeding grateful that in this crazy, hectic life, I was able to recognize the importance of the messages and teachers being pushed my way. I am grateful for the incredible knowledge these sources have imparted and the impact it has made on my life. In this season of giving thanks, I truly thank God for the synchronicity being woven into my life. It’s just what I needed to hear.

PS – the ride has come to a complete stop. ; )

 

What messages have you received throughout YOUR life that you needed to hear?

 

Read more of our Thankfulness & Gratitude posts:

Gratitude:  It’s Not About Being Happy, It’s What Makes You Happy 


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  1. Barbara Coleman

    7 November

    Couldn’t have said it better myself…although I wish I had. The nail has been hit…squarely on the head!
    Barbara Coleman recently posted…Knee Deep in Life & Thankful for the LessonsMy Profile

    • Lee Aldrich

      7 November

      AW…you’re so nice!

  2. Bouncin Barb

    7 November

    In my humble opinion…there are no such things as coincidences. This kind of thing happens to me all the time. Sometimes the hair on my neck stands up because it’s so obvious to me.

    This was a great post!! So glad I connected with you.
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    • Lee Aldrich

      7 November

      I have to agree with you and it happens to me a lot, too. I think you have to be open to it to see the connection. Thank you for your kind words and stopping by to read. PS – your post date is the 18th! Looking forward to it!

    • Diandra

      30 April

      The voice of raynaiolitt! Good to hear from you.

    • R.S.P.C.ArsenalJune 4, 2012 at 5:05 pmweg…. good team on paper/net,,,,however are you expecting song to be the creative AM…. bad mistake,,,have not seen a mistake like that since itv commissioned showing aussie drama winners and losers… the makers are the winners we the public are the losers….bring back prisoner cell block h,,,,

  3. Sarah Bailey

    7 November

    What an amazing post – so well written thank you.

    I have been told so many things in my life that I am so grateful for – thankfully I have friends who will tell me when they think I am being stupid or if my attitude needs a bit of adjusting for that I am completely thankful. x
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    • Lee Aldrich

      7 November

      Sarah – thank you for stopping by to read! I appreciate your comments. We all need friends who call us on on stuff – otherwise they’re just acquaintances!

  4. Clicked and commented !! haha

  5. Winter

    7 November

    It is so easy to dismiss being thankful especially when it’s being pointed at you in every direction. I am grateful not just this month but for every day. Thank you so much for this great post!
    Winter recently posted…A Past Relationship Doesn’t Define You As A PersonMy Profile

    • Lee Aldrich

      7 November

      Boy, isn’t that the truth! I’ve learned that when I ignore hunches, gut feelings, or what the universe it trying to tell me it usually doesn’t go so well. Thank YOU for your kind comments! Have a great Thursday!

  6. Sue Shoemaker

    7 November

    This post really resonates with me. When I worked full time, I had an “intuitive” sense that guided and assisted me in my “work life” and helped me “know” regularly that I was “making connections” and “serving a purpose” each day. Having spent 38.5 years working in the same school district, it was quite a change to redirect my attention and energy into a totally new lifestyle.

    This fall begins my fourth year of retirement from “going out to work” everyday. For approximately the past six months, I feel “on purpose” again…and the “synchronicities” are all around me…just like what you have expressed here, Lee.

    BEing “along for the ride” with you and Barbara has been one of those “synchronicities.” The ability to “connect” with “conscious women” has been one of the greatest blessings in my world today. The internet is one of the most AMAZING tools. I really can’t and don’t want to imagine what it would have been like for me to retire “pre-internet.” I thank God for cyberspace…an inquisitive nature…the desire to learn…and the company of other seekers…and interesting, purpose-full work.

    I love the following quote which is attributed to Buddha:
    WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY, THE TEACHER WILL APPEAR.

    • Lee Aldrich

      7 November

      Oh my gosh, Sue…I don’t even know how to thank you for the incredibly heart-felt comments! Barb and I were talking this morning after your comment came in and we are both so appreciative for thorough reads you do with our articles, AND the generous sharing of YOUR story in relation to the posts you comment on. I have to agree…in this whole big wide world, we are grateful to have you as one of our favorite followers.

      I love the Buddha’s quote because it is so true. I’m fortunate my teachers see that I’m ready for all they bring to teach me. There is a Chinese quote that came along with some flowers my mom sent me sent me eons ago: “If you keep a green bough in your heart, the singing bird will come.” Thank you for being our singing bird.

    • Mira

      30 April

      Which came first, the problem or the soiulton? Luckily it doesn’t matter.

  7. Nathalie Garces

    7 November

    Same like a comment above, I don’t believe in coincidences, either. I think that everything and every person in your life, are meant to happen and are there for a reason. It’s really a blessing to realize that even the bad things can bring us good, and learning to appreciate all that and feeling grateful for it can be a game changer. We really have tons of reasons to be grateful, but sometimes we just don’t see them.
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    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Nathalie – I too think things happen for a reason and life is as it is supposed to be. Don’t get me wrong, not talking predestination, but about taking the cues and opportunities when they are presented to us in what ever form they come to us. We need to be thankful for everything in our lives since I think they’re all teaching moments. And the best way to assure to keep them coming is by reflecting gratitude.

      thank you for your comments! Have a good weekend!

    • Mickey

      30 April

      This is a good guide! Kung wala lang sana akong bonggang trip nung Demrebce, kasama sana ako hehe Talagang get a guide ah I’m looking forward to more photos pa

  8. Jenn

    7 November

    One lesson I learned is that I need to live for ME not other people! You can’t always count on others and if you are not good to yourself, you are not good for anyone!
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    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Jenn – that’s a very valuable lesson….one we should all practice. Thank you for stopping by to read the article!

    • Midge

      30 April

      I don’t know who you wrote this for but you helped a brthoer out.

  9. Okay, what is wrong with the aluminum foil hat, lol. I believe everything happens for a reason and that our entire life is spent learning.
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    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Woman – you are crackin’ me UP! I totally agree with you. We get what we need to learn what we need to learn. We just need to keep ourselves open to receive some of it. Thank you for your comments! Have a great weekend!

  10. Debi

    7 November

    I love this post. I love those moments when the perfect thing come at just the right time
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    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Debi – thank you so much for your compliment on the article. I totally agree on savoring the moments when EVERYTHING just seems to line up to teach us what we need to know. Have a great weekend!

  11. Maria

    7 November

    Great story!! I truly believe that coincidences are part of a bigger plan.

    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Maria – Thank you! I agree completely. Thank you for your comment and stopping by to read the article. Happy Friday!

  12. Melinda Dunne

    7 November

    I really enjoy reading what you write. You have a wonderful, elegant way of writing that really touches me. I also pay close attention to things and the messages that are brought to me. I also believe we are right were we need to be for a reason. Life isn’t easy but it is about lessons and learning to appreciate where we are and what we have.
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    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Melinda – thank you for your gracious comments. You’re right…life isn’t easy at times, but lord is it a great ride and oh the things we learn. Thank you for taking time to read the article. Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. I loved this post, I too believe that sometimes things are put in front of us so that we can make connections and understand what we are supposed to be doing or where we are supposed to be going.
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    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Paula – Thank you for taking time out of your day to read the article. And thank you for your kind comments. Life is funny, and any guidance pointing us in the right direction sure is appreciated….we need to be open and non-judgmental when lessons present themselves. Have a great Friday!

  14. katherine

    8 November

    Couldn’t have said it better!
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    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Katherine – thank you for the atta-girl and taking the time to read the article. Hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Lexie Lane

    8 November

    Wow! This is so thought provoking. Makes me really wonder about my own life and whether I’m thankful enough for all that I’m blessed with. I do think that nothing is really a coincidence. Everything has a purpose whether we like it or not. Fate is part of destiny already planned.

    • Lee Aldrich

      8 November

      Lexie – thank you for your comments and compliments. I agree…whether we like it or not…everything we encounter seems to be a teaching moment. And all the better for us when our eyes, ears and minds are open to get the meaning or lesson. Have a great Friday!

    • Greta

      30 April

      I actually found this more entnntaieirg than James Joyce.

  16. Miriam Hendeles

    11 November

    Hi there – I just found your blog and it really resonates with me. I think what you describe – the “synchronicity” of things happening just after we’ve read or learned about it – to support our learning and research…is so common as we get older. I know that the older I get, the quicker I grasp things, the more I am able to integrate old with new. Does it mean I’m smarter? Maybe. I don’t know. I just am grateful for all of that. I think having clarity as you describe and gratitude for that clarity is what makes our lives more peaceful. Anyway, thanks for this terrific and very apropos post!

    • Lee Aldrich

      15 November

      Miriam –
      Welcome to middleSage and thank you for taking the time to read our stories. I think we get a lot smarter, more patience, more thoughtful, and have a real thirst to soak up new or unique ideas. We’re looking to understand, share our stories and realize that we’re part of a bigger whole. Thank you for your gracious comments. Have a lovely weekend.

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