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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gratitude - Letter "C"


This post is part of the 2012 A-Z challenge, created by the intrepid Arlee Bird at: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/


“C”
I wanted this post to be about gratitude for chocolate, but since I can’t eat chocolate anymore because it makes me phlegmy (is that a word?), I will talk about change. I used to hate it. I wanted everything to remain the same, but without change, life would be oh so boring. And I would be oh so miserable. For example, I used to weigh 183 pounds. Now, 130. If that hadn't changed, I'd be extremely overweight and unhealthy. And I wouldn't be having so much fun with new clothes. If I hadn't broken my ankle in 7 places back in 2006, I wouldn't be singing with Sugartime. If I hadn't moved to Albuquerque to heal from a painful divorce, I wouldn't be married to my wonderful hubby. Sooo, today I am extremely grateful for change. How about you?

Blessings,
karen

46 comments:

Claudia Moser said...

I embrace change and I don't feel uncomfortable with it!

Gossip_Grl said...

Change is good in alot of ways. We evolve with change. BUT the change that is happening in the country I am not very welcome to that mainly because I don't feel all warm and cozy. :) Great topic

Cheyanne said...

Awesome topic. I'm sad that you can't eat chocolate, but I guess I'll just have to eat some for you! And congrats on losing that weight! I'm on a weight loss journey now and it's going fairly well. Even when the change is bad, I think something good will always come from it!

Tracy Jo said...

Amen! I think this is the key to happiness when you can look at life this way. I agree. If it wasn't for my Dystonia...I wouldn't have started my photography business or writing.

Laura Eno said...

Yep! Isn't it funny how we can look back and see how things (sometimes insignificant in themselves) forever change the direction in our lives?

Karen Walker said...

Claudia, you're a lucky lady.
Gossipgirl, thank you
Cheyanne, yes, the good may not be visible right away, but it usually does follow
Tracy Jo, that's a tough one - you're one amazing lady
Laura, yeah, it is.
Karen

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. absolutely the right word - isn't it a wonderful one - phlegmy .. I love chocolate though in small doses ...

Change - I'm very willing to embrace change - and in fact rather like it around .. it keeps me on my toes and gives that B for Brain something for C to Cogitate over ...

You've achieved so much .. and those changes have obviously made a lot of difference to your life ..

Cheers - Hilary

L.G.Smith said...

Change is growth. And don't worry, I eat enough chocolate for the two of us. :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

I like change when I'm controlling it!
:)

Wonderful things to be grateful for!
HMG

Karen Walker said...

Hilary, great, you got the challenge into your comment as well.
LG, you go girl!
Heather, yeah, controlling it - good luck with that!
karen

Darlene said...

Change is a sign that you are alive. Sometimes I like change, other times,not so much.

Ruth said...

Phlegmy better be a word. I use it all the time. Milk does it to me.
I think change is good. Not always easy, but good.

farawayeyes said...

Hi Karen,nice to meet you. I love change. I don't always like it, but it is always good.

Manzanita said...

Oh dear, you've made me re-wind and re-think. I can't stand to go through change.... I get weepy and sad. BUT.... you are so right.... when I look back.... all the changes brought improvements and a brighter life. It's just the transition that gets me down (like rainy days and mondays)
Thanks lovely lady ....

Ann Best said...

You've definitely shown us the positive aspects of change, Karen. All the changes you made, and what happened to you along the way, have certainly been for your good. Hooray for you!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

Suze said...

Excellent perspective, K.

mooderino said...

Someone up there must like you (most of the time).

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
The Funnily Enough

Arlee Bird said...

I've had a life of learning to adapt to changes so I'm okay with a lot of change. Some changes I don't like though, especially as I get older.


Lee
Places I Remember
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Karen Walker said...

Darlene, yeah, me, too
Ruth, yeah, dairy for me as well
Farawayeyes, I don't always like it either
Manzanita, rainy days and mondays always get me down- used to be one of my fave songs
Ann, yes, they have
Suze, thank you, my dear
Mooderino, I certainly hope so
Arlee bird, I hear you!
Karen

Jess said...

There's much good in change. Sometimes it takes us (me) awhile to find it. :) Congrats on the weight loss. My daughter has lost 83 pounds and loving the new clothes too! I admire you (and her) for being able to make THAT change!

S. L. Hennessy said...

That's such a great attitude. I HATE change, but I'll try to think of it in positive terms like you have. Awesome post and happy A-Z blogging.

Nate Wilson said...

They say the only constant is change, although I don't know who "they" are are why they keeping talking to me. But nevertheless, I embrace change, both in the figurative sense and whenever I need to break a $20. Plus, I have a 9-month-old, so I'd better embrace change or I'll have it thrust upon me unwillingly over and over and over over the next few years.

Tracy said...

While I don't care for change, I've had a lifetime filled with it so my mantra is...It is what it is...and I truly say that a lot!
Great C word today!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Change is good! I like change. I used to rearrange my bedroom as a kid every other month. I'd do that to my house now but my husband would kill me.

Taryn Tyler said...

Change can be good but it can also be really hard. Thank you for the reminder.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Yes! Embrace change. I need to make a change like you did with the weight. Wow. Good for you. Did it have something to do with the chocolate problem?

Play off the Page

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I need gradual changes. Brain can't handle the abrupt ones.

The Golden Eagle said...

I don't mind change. Good things can come out of it. :)

Karen Walker said...

Jess, congrats to your daughter. That's awesome
S.L., I'm still learning to embrace it.
Nate, with a nine-month old, you're absolutely right - nothing but changes ahead.
Tracy, so true
Diane, I love re-arranging, too, but my hubby just rolls his eyes
Taryn, yes, it can be hard
Mary, no weight loss and chocolate issue are two separate things.
Alex, it's harder when change comes abruptly, like a sudden illness or death.
The Golden Eagle, yes, it often does
Karen

D.G. Hudson said...

Change is good when it comes at the right time. Sometimes we have to encourage it.

Dropping by from the A-Z Challenge, nice to meet you.

Julie said...

Love this one. I was afraid of change for a long time and I finally realized change was actually what I needed! So interesting that you ended up in Sugartime because of a broken ankle. We never know where life is going to lead us, that's for sure.

Anna Smith said...

That's a wonderful thing to be grateful for, and how great you can see the positive in things :)

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Jemi Fraser said...

Change is good! Being stalemated is never good for anyone :)

Tonja said...

I agree. It's difficult in the moment, but many changes bring good things. Maybe we gain strength from suffering.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Well, I AM grateful for chocolate, and cookies and coffee and crystals and cotton... that's a pretty good list.

Tracy Makara said...

Great post Karen. Change used to be really difficult for me too, but like you...when I look back on all of the great things which change has brought me it's impossible not to be grateful for it. Nowadays I welcome change which is something that the me of ten years ago would not have believed.

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I have always been afraid of and worried about the unknown, and change always means the unknown is coming your way. Despite that, I've made many leaps of faith and can see now how Change has given me a much more interesting and beautiful life. So I am approaching our upcoming adventure in a whole new way - understanding that nothing keeps you "safe" - not trying to keep things the same, that's for sure! I understand now that change brings new people and places and experiences that I wouldn't miss for the world.

Lynn said...

Wow - your life has really changed for the happier. Lovely.

Jaime said...

I love change as well. It makes life interesting.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Karen -- I've also found change usually works out for the best, even when it seems to be all wrong at first. And then there's A to Z...it changes a little every year, always for the better. It's so good to reconnect with good friends.

Patricia Stoltey

Ella said...

Change is difficult for me, but usually no choice. Being a military spouse, I have found it a difficult life. But, it hasn't been Dull...

Nicely said and I'm happy for you~
Great attitude :D

Belle said...

I love what you wrote about "change".

Damyanti said...

I hate change-- hope I develop your attitude as the years move on.

--Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

Medeia Sharif said...

Change is great. I'm glad you've had positive changes in your life.

Susan Roebuck said...

Good for you!!! I'm in the process of trying to get slimmer. Easter doesn't help though....

Susan Kane said...

The changes you made obviously took great amounts of determination and courage. Excellent!