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Day 2921: Unexpected gifts

During a holiday season when we did not exchange any material gifts, there were still unexpected gifts, including delicious vegetarian manicotti and Christmas cookies from my ex-in-laws.

I also got some unexpected gifts mailed to me from work.

Here’s another unexpected gift: the bitcoin that I won from my wager on the results of the USA Presidential election has already increased by 26%! That is even more of a gift because when I collected my winnings recently from the online betting site I was agonizing over my unexpected inability to figure out how to convert bitcoin into cash. My husband Michael, who is always a gift to me, suggested I just keep the bitcoin and “have fun watching it.” Having fun with the unexpected is always a gift.

Do you see unexpected gifts in these recent images?

Another unexpected gift — I am no longer worrying about pissing people off. That’s because of the gift that keeps on giving: therapy.

When I search YouTube for “unexpected gifts” this comes up first:

Are there any unexpected gifts you would like to share in a comment below?

An expected gift at the end of each of my daily posts is the gift of gratitude, so thanks to all who contributed unexpected gifts today, including YOU!

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Day 2770: What’s the greatest mistake you ever made?

It’s difficult for me to to come up with an answer to “What’s the greatest mistake you ever made?”

Make no mistake; I’ve made many mistakes in my long life. It’s just difficult to choose the greatest.

Perhaps the greatest mistake I’ve ever made is

  • reluctance to act for fear of making a mistake,
  • expecting perfection from myself or others, or
  • not forgiving myself for my mistakes.

If I had listened to people telling me that 45 was too old for me to have my first child, that would have been my greatest mistake.

 

That’s my son, Aaron, wearing a mask unmistakably designed by artist and fellow blogger, Judy Berman.  These days, people’s greatest mistake might be not wearing a mask. For some, it’s the last mistake they’ve made.

It would be a great mistake not to include today’s Daily Bitch Calendar.

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Are there any mistakes in my other photos from yesterday?

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White supremacy might be the greatest mistake this world has ever made.

Here‘s “Everybody Makes a Mistake” by Otis Redding.

My greatest gratitude to those who help me create this blog, mistakes and all, every day.

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Day 2769: Hope

Hope showed up in my Coping and Healing group yesterday.

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We all agreed that hope was very important, especially during times like these.

I hoped there would be great quotes about hope and I found many here and here.

“Hope is a waking dream.”  — Aristotle

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.”  — Martin Luther

“The miserable have no other medicine but only hope.” — William Shakespeare

Hope is passion for what is possible.”  — Søren Kierkegaard

“It is always something, to know you’ve done the most you could.  But don’t leave off hoping, or it’s of no use doing anything. Hope, hope to the last.” — Charles Dickens

“To live without hope is to cease to live.” — Fyodor Dostoesky

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”  — Emily Dickinson

“Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless.” — G.K. Chesterton

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. Never stop questioning.”  — Albert Einstein

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into a reality.”  — Jonas Salk

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” —Nelson Mandela

“A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope.”  — Charles M. Schulz

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” — Thich Nhat Hahn

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” — Desmond Tutu

“Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.”  —Robert Ludlum

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”  — Václev Havel

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”  — Christopher Reeve

“Remember. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”  — Stephen King

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and do the right thing, the dawn will come.”  — Anne Lamott

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”  — Barbara Kingsolver

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”  — Michelle Obama

“It is because of hope that you suffer. It is through hope that you’ll change things.” — Maxime Legacé

I hope you can believe that one of those quotes is from a player on my hometown hockey team.

I hope you enjoy my latest photos.

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I hope as I continue feeding Harley, he and I get to be better friends.

Here‘s “I Really Hope” by The Cranberries

… and “Hope is an Open Window” by Diana Ross:

I hope you share your thoughts and feelings about hope in a comment, below.

I hope to begin and end each day with gratitude, so thanks to all, including YOU.

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