Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thankfulness should not only occur at Thanksgiving time

Well friends to-day I went for my usual morning walk along the riverside in the bush where I live, and thinking just how grateful I am to be able to live in such a beautiful spot & have my health to be able to enjoy life as I do.
There are so many things in this world we should be grateful for, yet so many take for granted and then complain how bad they have it, I think continuously about the children in Gaza being blown apart & all the children in Africa that are perishing daily.

A good friend showed me how to keep a gratitude book and list 5 things on a daily basis and to this day I still do it and never run out of things to be grateful for, as uncanny as it is and what prompted me to write this post was on arriving home I found an article on just this subject. Please allow me to share it with you & as the author also states at the end feel free to share this.


This morning I read a thought-provoking article about being thankful for our health. The author encouraged readers to look for the positive aspects of their life rather than the negative.

One point was the struggle many of us have with our hair. This may be more of a female problem than male, but I knew exactly what she meant. I have done everything possible to avoid the straight, fine hair I was given including perms, ratting, curlers, dye-jobs (for extra body), and weird hairstyles.

The writer’s point was - we should be thankful we have hair. There are many people who have lost their hair due to circumstances such as chemo or heredity.

Thankfulness should not only occur at Thanksgiving time. No matter what is going on in our life, and many people right now are struggling to survive in these difficult economic times, there is at least one thing we can be thankful for each day.

Years ago I read about keeping a daily gratitude journal. The directions were to list three to five entries in a notebook or journal each night, those things we were grateful for that day. I extended my list to ten items and rarely could not come up with that number. I kept the gratitude journal for years, but in the last year or so, it has dropped off the evening to-do list.

This year, as of today, I am going to resurrect the gratitude journal. The more difficult the times we are in, the more we need to look at the blessings in our life. No matter how dire the situation we face, we can usually come up with at least one or two reasons to feel blessed that day.

I encourage you to start a gratitude journal for 2009. Let it carry you through the next year in spite of any trials and troubles you may face. By the end of next year, you will see how that journal helped you through each day.

The article was written by Lynda Murray. It is an excellent article and I encourage you to start your own gratitude list and add to it regularly, it makes a massive difference to my life these days and how I count my blessings instead of focusing on what I don't have.

ShareThis with others and if you like it remember to give it a digg, until we meet again take care.

hey.......life is good......

Allen Sentance

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Our Wet Season in it's Glory

Well just like most of you we had a great christmas , catching up with lots of friends & family. All our children are grown so Sandra & I got to visit our sons house christmas morning to watch the big event of wide eyed children receiving presents from under the christmas tree.
From there we visited a few of our close friends in the city of Darwin & headed back home to where we live 100km from Darwin at a village called Adelaide River, which is our little paradise surrounded by beauty & nature and is situated on the actual Adelaide river.
This time of year is our wet season in the northern territory of Australia & it is the best time of year in my opinion as nature puts on a magnificent display of what this universe truly has to offer us. To me the feeling of being alive is strongest when I become engaged with nature first hand.
So over christmas & new year I sat back, relaxed and watched many storms with the heavy rain on the tin roof and the absolutely amazing lightening displays which can be scary at times for some , I personally get an adrenalin rush from it all and like I said before I feel so alive.

Most of the storms are in the evenings, so I go on my early morning walks along the river bank, totally surrounded by birds , trees and nature in aother one of her magic routines of beauty. Sandra & I found this little paradise on our travels only 2yrs ago and I now know why we have bought a home here and settled.
Twice over christmas my friend and I went fishing within 10 km of home and caught barramundi & native perch as well as some nice black bream. Then we also went wild pig hunting with in 10km of home and caught 4 pigs , as I am an outdoors person who loves nature & loves storms , this is why I love where I live.

There is so much beauty in the northen territory in the wet season which the average tourist never gets to experience because they only come here in the dry season, when the countryside is dry and very little of natures best are on display.
I would like to share more of my paradise with you all over this year so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming posts from time to time when I want to take you on a tour of what I now call my home and back yard.

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL and see you soon..... life is good.......

Allen Sentance
P.S. Remember To Consider The Children