While many are celebrating the beginning of a new year, there are more than 17 million people in the world who are not celebrating. They are the sufferers of M.E. – Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. They, and all their advocates, will celebrate when there is a recognized and accepted diagnosis criteria; when there is an accepted and effective treatment; and when there is a CURE.
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Found this on Twitter. Just had to post it.
Wishing everyone a New Year with a “bowl full of cherries.” This cat is enjoying his life!
This first day of 2014 didn’t seem to be one I would enjoy. The days have been cloudy and not much sun lately. I felt destined to push through the heaviness, get the day over with, and hope the next would be better. There wasn’t the brightness to my spirits I was hoping for to “start the year on the right foot.”
Then, I got a phone call. My son called early and wished me a happy New Year. His voice was strong; his demeanor upbeat. It took me out of my doldrums immediately. It’s amazing what a phone call can do – a good one.
I got another call. My sister called to wish me a happy New Year. We have a great rapport and we banter back and forth and get silly and laugh a lot.
While the Rose Bowl parade was making noise in the background, I took a look at my emails.
Got on to Suzie81’s Blog. How?? I was immediately taken in by her current blog post found at http://suzie81.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/successes-and-mistakes-blogging-in-2013/ in which Suzie covers, at length, her take on what she considers her successes and mistakes in the short time she’s been blogging. Her advice is a rare gem. Take a look.
I believe, when someone starts a blog, there isn’t the thought in mind that what we write about is going to affect readers one way or another. I didn’t think that but, yesterday, I was told that I may have inspired someone in particular to start “journaling” again. If that isn’t a happiness happening, I don’t know what else could compare at that moment.
So far, it isn’t a half-bad day after all!
Love the quote.
Today, I am the recipient of thoughtfulness.
Opened up my inbox to find 2 eCards. One from my daughter and one from her best friend. Beautiful New Year wishes. They are totally unselfish people. They have their troubles (who doesn’t?), yet made me feel wanted and appreciated. Made me happy
Then, I got a phone call. A new friend (lovely woman) asked me to join her and her husband and 3 others for early New Year’s dinner.
Then, my sister called. She was in Costco, and had the list of items I had asked her to get for me when next she went there. A little problem: the pistachios I wanted was “slightly salted;” however, they had only “shelled” or “salt and pepper.” I thanked her – “no thanks on that.”
The point: the greatest gift is when someone (in this case, 4 people) gives of themselves. Thoughtfulness – being the recipient of – is a source of happiness that is priceless.
A simple “thank you” is all I can muster up right now.
Have a great day! And a great New Year!