Sunday, November 16, 2008

Branson, MO - Home of the Lonesome Cowboy

So, Jim and I took a week off and decided to return to Branson, Missouri to see what the concerts were like during their Christmas season. I can now say there is such a thing as too much Christmas! Oh dear, it's still November!

The week was great though and a perfect time to get away. My job requires that I spend a great deal of time pulling teachers together to work on curriculum revisions. Well, they don't want to do that during the month of Parent Teacher Conferences! Good time for me to disappear!

Branson is like a haven for Tour Buses carrying retired folks! You need not worry about what to wear. Your sweatsuit and tennis shoes will do just fine. It's the lastest fashion there. Life moves at a slower pace. The cars drive slowly. People walk slowly, many supporting each other! Oh if life could be like this every day.

So this is much like that story "Everything I Need to Know in Life, I Learned in Kindergarten". This one is "And Everything Else Doesn't Matter!"

It was a great relaxing week that brought back some childhood memories, a few too many versions of Silent Night, but all in all a sense of joy!

Trip to Branson

Sunday, November 2, 2008

LIfe is Good!

My birthday was yesterday. I had a great day! I have two thoughtful daughters who made sure that the day had all the right touches. No cake, but a great aromatic candle and flavored coffee. Then an unbelievable two hours of massage and scrub decadently scented in chocolate!

The day ended with a wonderful dinner, compliments of Jim. Tuscan foods and wine! The day was completely delicious, if a day can be that way!

Actually, as I read book after book about life and hardships in other countries and in other times, we have a stunning life! There is so much to be thankful for.

And yet...

People complain!

Everyday, I listen to issues related to having more, doing less, wanting different, expecting something other than what there is! So I find myself breathing in the silence, when it comes along gathering energy to listen to more issues come Monday!

This weekend was about breathing in thankfulness for a life that has been very good to me! I did not have a charmed childhood, nor did I have rousing encouragement as I took life's steps. It's because of that or in spite of that, that I have the life I have now.

And now is fantastic!