1 EAGLETON NOTES: Thankful Thursday

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Thankful Thursday

What a joy it was to wake up this morning.

What a joy it was to wake up this morning and discover that I still had a broadband connection.

What a joy it was to wake up this morning and discover that I still had a broadband connection and had a cellphone connection.

Such little things but such important things - to me. It has been so irritating without them.

Then I listened to the news: the plight of those in eastern Ukraine and so on.

And my important things become so insignificant.

I had lunch with Gaz - home yesterday for a couple of months - and went out to see how his house was coming along.

And those things so important and so terrible in the rest of the world selfishly meant nothing to me for the afternoon: my family is safe.

And I am thankful.

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  1. I understand where you are coming from. A long time ago I started focussing on things I could do something about. I don't think a human is meant to be able to see more than they can deal with.

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    1. I know we've discussed this before Kate and I suppose it's a question of where one draws the line. However much I 'got involved' I'd be unlikely ever to influence the Ukraine situation and yet ever since the 'Bosnian' war I've felt deeply affected by the happenings in that area.

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  2. We have to keep things in perspective. In one way we are thankful but in another way we have to care about all the regular guys in the Ukraine who just want peace.

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  3. Right now I am so thankful Cyclone Marcia is being downgraded as it heads for my brothers and their families who live in its path that I have little thought for anything else. I will worry about the rest of the world another day. Maybe.

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    1. Yes Pauline I think that's just about how we are as humans most of the time.

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  4. And those things so important and so terrible in the rest of the world selfishly meant nothing to me for the afternoon: my family is safe.
    Those are the thoughts and feelings that keep us sane. I get it.

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  5. You express well what most of us feel, I think. So I guess we should also be thankful for the "off" button on all our little news devices...

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    1. Yes Monica. I sometimes wish that I could actually press the button. I'm not a news junkie to the extent that YP is but I find it very hard to ignore the news.

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  6. There is so much in my life to be thankful for, and I shamelessly admit to being very selfish in such matters. I do worry about the terrible things happening all over the world, all the time, but try to keep my little bubble as "clean and nice" as I can, without adding to the trouble.

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    1. Meike if we all did that the world would be a better place. Too many people add to the trouble in a very big way.

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  7. Glad the internet is working. After a few weeks in Glenmore I know how you feel.

    Ukraine is a long way away and if Dithery isn't panicking then I won't. It's his job to look after such things on my behalf........What have I just said. I wouldn't let Dithery manage an empty wheelbarrow on my behalf....,, I'll grab the Prozac and a bottle of falling down water. That will pop things back into perspective.

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    1. That's better. Is Youcrane near Ostralia?

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    2. Adrian every morning I have tested my broadband and marvelled that I've got the blisteringly fast speed of 1.7 or even 1.9Mbps. Then this morning despondency struck once more and I realised things may be too good to be true: 0.89! I am essentially an optimist but in some things...... This morning I think that perhaps I have more influence in the Youcrane situation.

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  8. I understand what you mean totally....it's not being selfish, but in the grand scheme of things you realise that the worries of others are far worse off than yours....and that there is so much you have to be thankful for.
    Glad that Gaz is home for a few months and you can spend some time with him.

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    1. Thanks Virginia: the voice of reason and logic.

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  9. You are so right. Love your thoughts on life, by the way.

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    1. Thank you Mike. I love your blog by the way. I got as far back as the Lake District in winter and since then I haven't been able to stop thinking about the winter times I had there: I must look out my photos and have a really good reminisce.

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  10. Not selfish at all, Graham. We are programmed, quite rightly, to care most about those we love. I'm glad all is well with you.

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    1. Thank you Frances. It is and I am grateful.

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  11. So Gaz is building or renovating a house nearby? Is it in Stornoway?

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    1. YP, Gaz is building a house about 8 miles from Stornoway: very sheltered and perfect views with access to an inlet for the boat of the future. The plans of youth.

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  12. So Gaz is building or renovating a house nearby? Is it in Stornoway?

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    1. What's with all the duplicates YP? Are you having the same problem with other blogs?

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