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What I Should Be Grateful For …

This coming weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. 
I can hear gobble gobble and smell pumpkin pie already, but am I always thankful?

THANKLESS CONFESSIONS

THANKLESS CONFESSIONS

Here is a list of things I simply struggle with to express sincere gratitude .  I’ll bet if you read a few it will inspire one or two of your own.  Feel free to leave your THANKLESS comments, and  don’t expect thank-yous in return! 🙂

 

1.  I don’t feel thankful when people drive by and SPLASH the heck out of me and Ginger talking a walk in the rain.  Can anyone say drenched?

2.  I lack that loving feeling when I order a dark roast coffee from those cafes that keep them in the big urn and they are LUKEWARM in my cup from the first sip.  YUCK!

3.  I lack the gratitude attitude when the nail tech goes bonkers on my toenails and cuts them so short they radiate pain waves ~~~~~~for at least a week when I wear my heels.

4. I don’t go “singing in the rain” when I order a vegetarian pizza only to get home and open the box to find circles of PEPPERONI smeared recklessly around the entire surface. 

5. The THANK O METER is motionless when telephone marketers continue to call me, only to have me answer (finally), and find there is on one on the line.  I am now supposed to WAIT for them to find the time to chat!

6. WHO MADE MILK CHOCOLATE?  Ick!  Bring on the Dark Tones Baby!

7.  I am NOT FEELING THE LOVE when I try on several pairs of jeans to try to update my wardrobe to the latest size I require, only to find that designers have conspired to prove that the state of Texas and my bum have more than natural oil in common!

8. Have you ever entered an empty elevator only to discover that SOMEONE was there before you, and that someone had something going on “inside” that wanted OUT?  Come on, how do we become grateful for that?

YES a live in mouse!

YES a live-in mouse!

9. A few years ago I kept hearing the strangest noise coming from the kitchen when I was working quietly on my computer.  I couldn’t pin point from where, but I gradually got curious.  I WAS NOT SAYING “Well Blessed Be”  when I investigated to find a MOUSE living INSIDE the toaster!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Come on…you gotta write number 10!  Let’s hear it…

In the Grace of the Moment,
Harmony

PS Find the toaster at Chiasso   

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Comments on: "FRIDAY FIASCO – MY NON-GRATITUDE LIST" (24)

  1. Hi Harmony,
    I don’t mean to ruin the vein of your list. I think all of our thankless moments can be turned into thankful moments.

    1. What if you an Ginger took a different route, expand your horizons. There is nothing like splashing in puddles with the wonder of a child.

    2. Maybe it’s time to try a little chai? If it’s lukewarm, just smile and ask if they could please heat it up for you. They will.

    3. Perhaps you might try a different salon? Something similar happened to me at the dentist. They hired a new hygienist with a heavy hand that left me bleeding – and I hired a new dentist.

    4. I always check before I go home.

    5. I love this one. I usually turn it around on them and start grilling them. They get frustrated and hang up. Word must have gotten around because I don’t get ANY calls anymore. (I miss them.)

    6. I have noticed that milk chocolate is really creamy in the UK, but in the US, not so much. If you find the right quality of milk in the chocolate, you will love it. If you ever come to California, try See’s milk chocolate. Simply delicious. They also have a range of dark chocolate that’s pretty good.

    7. Embrace who you are. You are more than your clothes. Take a Sharpie pen and add a number 1 in front of the all the sizes and put them back on the rack. Wouldn’t that be funny?

    8. Thank God for the ability to hold our breath. ;D

    9. Perhaps little Mickey (Mouse) would love Pepperoni pizza?

    Hope you enjoyed my take on your list. Happy weekend! 😀

    When rain falls, it makes the flowers bloom AND the weeds grow. So we have to take it all and find bliss in the rain.

  2. #9 – too funny (well at least for me…because it didn’t happen to me!!).

    #10. cold water when I’m the third person to take a shower in the morning (I better get going – person #1 is in there now).

    This is a great list for a Friday morning – a nice way to ease into the upcoming weekend.

    Enjoy the pumpkin pie…

  3. @Alexys

    Oh, for crying out loud, LIGHTEN UP!!!! 😀

    @Harmony

    Great list! I think it’s something we should all do. (After all, life isn’t perfectt. It helps to laugh at things).

    The one thing I disagree with is…. You don’t like chocolate milk?

    Awww… I LOVE IT!!! One of the best things mankind has invented.

    But then again, I feel no thanks for Lima Beans, so that evens things out.

    As for #9, the dark side of me says “Turn the toaster ON”. Bwahahahah!

    Regarding #10, I made an extensive list of my own, three weeks ago.

    http://deepfriar.wordpress.com/2008/09/19/things-i-am-ungrateful-for/

  4. Harmony,

    I love your list – every single one of them!

    You know, I’m a positive person, but I’m also human (I think!) and a good old fashioned rant is not only fun, but healthy.

  5. goldenzen said:

    ^/> Alexys – Friar’s right…what the heck? Talk about sun on a rainy day…for Pete’s sake girl – grab an umbrella and join the rest of our misery! 😀

    ^/> Lance – GOOD ONE! Hey…did you get in the shower in time?

    ^/> Friar – that is a shameless attempt at getting attention! 😀 But well deserved – your list is hilarious. I hadn’t seen that one (thought I followed you pretty close). Chocolate Milk? In a glass I guess it’s okay yeah. Thanks for playing

    ^/> Brett – And I too am a pollyanna actually, but since I going to write a mushy Thanksgiving piece later on the Weekend I thought I should balance it with some ranting!

    THANKS EVERYONE FOR COMING OUT TO PLAY!

  6. Ah, a good rant. Love it….

    I am not thankful for:
    * drivers who come roaring up that lane that you know is going to end and then force their way in. If everyone just got into the proper lane well in advance, we’d all get home much sooner.
    * people who get their cart in the grocery store, Walmart, whatever, and then STOP right there in the entrance
    * people who talk loudly on their cell phones in crowded places like buses. Seriously, I don’t want to hear your conversation. Made all the worse because it’s one sided and I am dying of curiosity to hear the other side!

    @Friar – not chocolate MILK. Milk CHOCOLATE. I’m with you on this one, Harmony. 85% dark chocolate all the way, baby!

  7. @Panther

    Regarding noisy cell-phone callers. I read somewhere, that you just pretend to listen intently, and make imaginary notes of their conversation on a notepad.

    It apparently gets them to stop. 🙂

    PS. I am quite the chocolo-holic. Dark, light, it’s all good. Especially MIKE CHOCOLATE

    But not the cheapo brands in the bargain bin.

    I”m talking Laura-Secord Easter bunnies. Or Lindt.

    Tell me those aren’t AWESOME.

  8. I was not grateful when the neighbor’s cat (who spends most of his time in my house) brought in a LIVE spotted towhee! Which I then had to pick up and take outside, ignoring the blood in its mouth. And then vacuum up the damn feathers!

    I am grateful it flew away, however.

  9. Hi Harmony. Cute toaster!

    I’m not grateful to those people who “pretend” they can’t count or read and take a cartload of groceries through the express line… when I’m in a hurry. And I’m equally not grateful to the cashier for allowing it!

  10. I have PMT at the moment so I am happy to join in on the thankless fun.

    I am not thankful:

    – when my 4 year old complains about every single dinner I give him, except for sausages. He’s not eating at the moment and it’s driving me insane because he sits there pulling faces and whining and I haven’t eaten a meal in peace for about three weeks now.

    – for the irresponsible person who keeps letting his/her dog take a dump on my front lawn and doesn’t bother to clean it up as the LAW requires.

    – for guy with the extremely loud Harley Davidson with illegal exhaust pipes who revs the engine and roars up and down my street at all hours of the day and night.

    I could go on and on today, but I shall show some restraint.

    Please excuse me while I go eat a block of chocolate to make myself feel better.

    Kelly 🙂

  11. Friar,
    It is called humor. Laugh a little. 😀

  12. Yes, this is called life…sweet and sour.
    Thanks for sharing your expriences,likes and dislikes.
    God bless.

  13. Happiness is in yourself , no one can make it for you except yourself but l can’t be settled and happy with out my husband!

  14. Thanksgiving prompts me to reflect on the the many reasons I have to be grateful. As Sharon says, happienss is found within yourself. When you choose to dwell on joy, then anything else is viewed as distractions. You can evolve away from noticing them by choice too, when ready.

  15. As I expect you’ve discovered, Harmony, we British are a very grateful bunch. We’re so thankful for all the things we have to moan about. 🙂

    (Can you forward your pepperoni pizzas on to me, please?)

  16. Harmony

    I left a comment here on the weekend, but Akismet seems to have been eating me up all over the blogasphere. Maybe you can check if I’ve gone to SPAM.

    Kelly 🙂

  17. Ok, this is new 🙂

    Two mornings in a row I’ve walked into my kitchen to discover that my coffee maker is not working properly, and that the coffee did not percolate down into the decanter, but instead spilled over onto the counter and floor. I know it shouldn’t have happened two days in a row, but I can’t think before I have my morning coffee. There’s a good probability it’s going to happen again tomorrow.

  18. Love the toaster!

  19. goldenzen said:

    Thanks to all of you who shared!
    I had a run in with a BAD SEED, thus my delay in response.

    @Urban Panther- You are definately URBAN and have some good NON GRATS for it! GO dark!

    @Friar – notes is a great idea, along with a sketch pad for the visual. 🙂 you gotta be a man to like the milk C

    @Beth – not many of us would be grateful for that. You are in good company – well we think so anyway.

    @Davina, I love it when it is cash only and after 24 items they have VISA only.

    @Alexys , some boys just don’t get it! 🙂

    @Surjit – I love that – the sweet and sour of life.

    @Sharon – your hubby is to you what dark chocolate is to me. 🙂

    @Liara, you are so right. In fact, that was the point of this article – to show how usually unimportant our non grats can be.

    @Simon – you made me laugh (and in my present state, that is pretty smart!) You hit the nail on the head there. Sure I’ll be sure yours is loaded!

    @Kelly – this one seems to have shown up…I will check for the other one. (SORRY) Your comments are always welcome here. 🙂

    @tobeme – you can purchase one for Christmas for someone…the link is on the article. 🙂

  20. goldenzen said:

    FROM KELLY SHE POWER – recovered from the ABYSS

    I have PMT at the moment so I am happy to join in on the thankless fun.

    I am not thankful:

    – when my 4 year old complains about every single dinner I give him, except for sausages. He’s not eating at the moment and it’s driving me insane because he sits there pulling faces and whining and I haven’t eaten a meal in peace for about three weeks now.

    – for the irresponsible person who keeps letting his/her dog take a dump on my front lawn and doesn’t bother to clean it up as the LAW requires.

    – for guy with the extremely loud Harley Davidson with illegal exhaust pipes who revs the engine and roars up and down my street at all hours of the day and night.

    I could go on and on today, but I shall show some restraint.

    Please excuse me while I go eat a block of chocolate to make myself feel better.

    Kelly

  21. goldenzen said:

    Thanks Kelly for your comment above that I was not sure how to retrieve except to copy and paste. I hope you have some of that chocolate to spare! 🙂

  22. I’m late here but I thought I’d drop in and see what you bunch of whingers was up to.

    This is about the THIRD blog where I think of something to say, only to discover that Urban Panther has already said it. So what the Panther said.

  23. @Alexys

    Oh, I think I know a little about how to laugh! 🙂

    But lately, I’ve read so many Save-the-Planet Touchy-Feely blogs lately, where comments like yours wouldn’t have been made in jest.

    No, there are actually people out there who would have made your comments SERIOUSLY!

    I’m relieved to see you’re not one of them. I misjudged.

    Please forgive me. 🙂

  24. Robin, you may be late, but always welcome!

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