It is time for my 2011 weekly Project Gratitude post. Information about Project Gratitude can be found at:
Riding the Roller Coaster: Project Gratitude.
I am grateful there are still parents who instill kindness in their children. I hope and pray there will be even more who do this soon. I am especially grateful for the bystanders who stand up to bullies and tell them that yes, he or she is my friend. The more bystanders stand up to bullies, the less power bullies have. I am glad some people are getting this message. I am grateful to all of the people including parents, teachers, counselors, principals, and children who are working to make this the standard instead of the exception. I am posting links to some of the ones I found today.
Kind Campaign highlights problem of female bullying.
Goddard School asks Could We All Be Bullies?
The following post is an example of a total failure on the part of a school, the children who go there, and the parents of these children, but I am grateful that the girl is speaking out instead of taking her own life.
Payton Spinney: Friend of Phoebe Prince, Who Was Bullied to Suicide, Is Being Taunted for Asperger’s Syndrome – ABC News.
I wrote a blog about accountability back in October and finally some people are being held accountable for their actions just as I have said they should be.
Accountability for Protecting Our Children | dswalkerauthor.
One more good and bad together. This one is about adult bullies, and I am grateful this story is being reported, and the man who posted threats was arrested.
Opinion | The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement | Seattle Times Newspaper.
Let me know what you think about the recent developments.
The tombstone is my parents’ whom I love and miss for they really were wonderful and I always knew they loved me. I am so grateful to have been their daughter.
No, it isn’t really my last hour and I’m not ill or planning anything stupid! I’m just responding to a “bonus” prompt for a topic from Word Press today. The prompt:
“If you only had an hour to live, what would you do with those 60 minutes?”
This one is so easy for me to answer as I’ve always loved Diamond Rio’s song, “One More Day.” Click below to play the song:
YouTube – One More Day by Diamond Rio – The Last Time.
So yes, first I would pray for the time to go by slowly, and I would unplug all of the electronics in my house and turn off all the phones just like in the song. I would gather my family around to hug them and tell them how wonderful they are and how they have each enriched my life. I would remind my husband of the letter I wrote for our best friends to use in the event something happened to us on how to help our children and suggest that he use that as I would not want to waste time on another letter and I do things for all of them that he won’t remember when I am gone. I would remind my daughter that she will receive a letter from me her senior year as it is already in a time capsule. I wrote it when she was in kindergarten. Then I would apologize to my son for failing to write a similar letter to him. (I think I will do this soon as it is a good idea and maybe I’ll even write a love letter to my darling husband.) I would also hug my dogs and remind them to take care of my family.
Last but not least by any means, I would tell each of them that I have no regrets about anything because I’ve had the best life anyone could ever have because I shared it with each of them. I’d tell them they should never feel guilty for anything they have ever said to me for I’ve always known how much I am loved. Maybe, I’ll tell them tonight just for fun.
Love your family members everyday because you really never know when it will be the last chance you have. When you slip-up and yell or say something hurtful apologize and hug them. Are you grateful for the life you have been given? What would you do with your last hour?
A few years ago we started a family tradition for Thanksgiving in our house. We all go around the table and tell each other what makes us thankful. I can’t remember where we got the idea, but I believe it was from a movie. I really love the tradition even if it’s origins are corny. This year I have so much that makes me thankful, so I hope you will bear with me as I post a corny family tradition here.
I am thankful for my two amazing children who continue to teach me new lessons about life. I am thankful for my wonderful husband who supports me even when I don’t make it easy for him. I may be forgiving of others, but my poor dear husband will tell you that I can be difficult to live with sometimes. Still, the dear man loves me for which I am grateful. I am also grateful that he brings me coffee every morning. My family knows not to talk to me until I have my morning coffee.
I am grateful for two adoring dogs, well someone has to adore me after all! I still believe dog is God spelled backwards, not because they are the anti-Christ, but because they are angels sent from God. They love me even when I forget to walk them, or tell them to go away that I’m trying to work. God Bless Them!
I am also thankful for all of you who take the time to read my blogs and who support my endeavor to make the world a safer place for our children, as we all work together to create a world where bullies are no longer tolerated. I am especially thankful for those who are helping me to promote the book. You all know who you are, and since some of you are private people, I won’t list names here.
Thanks to Kim Wombles for writing and posting the book review on her blog. Kim’s blog was Countering, and she is one of the founders of Autism Blogs. I am also thankful for many other follow bloggers who share their thoughts and insights, and who along with those who comment on their blogs, giving me great insights that I might not have without them. If you go to the different blogs, you might want to check out some of the ones they follow too. We have so many talented and informative people in Blog land!
Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving in America or celebrating life else where, have a wonderful weekend! I plan to actually spend some much-needed time with my family including the four-legged members of the family this long weekend.