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I have to admit I feel “ancient” when I’m in a great deal of pain.

Have you every been around someone that makes you feel “old” ancient because their zest for life is so pure and  their excitement for life vivacious?   Having said that, I can imagine it.  Often, I’m told I have a youthful persona.  Because of my age, I delight in that since I have such a thirst for knowledge and understanding and growing.

When you look at the 7 Wonders of the World, ( Temple of Artemis, Mausoleum At Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, Light House of Alexandria, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia) how long they have lasted and stood the test of time, I feel small and insignificant.  The Pyramids of Giza are a living testament to age.  I often used to watch the Learning Channel and other programs regaling archeology and the new finds of ancient items and places and cities. Each time I can’t help but wonder at the way our ancestors lived.

I find it exciting to take virtual tours through these places, particularly as I am not wealthy enough to travel and see these sites first hand.  I find great excitement and am always interested in the findings of archeologists about places we knew existed and have since found.

In particular, the precision with which many of these places were built.  Precision we can’t hope to match even with our advanced technology and abilities.

Although in all honesty I would not have enjoyed living during those times, as I am in favour of modern medicines which have aided in a prolonging and healthy life, I wonder about this too.  In coming years, our advancements in medicine will surely make our current methods seem archaic and ancient.

It’s often true in our “modern” society we have given up the “ancient” ways of our ancestors, opting for a more modern way of living and doing things.  Still, we honour ancient customs on occasion, some out of a sense of duty, others with tongue in cheek, and others (a minority these days) who still believe they are a testament to honest pure living.

I’m still searching to find the answers to my ancestors and their beliefs.  I’m really curious about yours.  If you have an ancestral custom that your family still honours, I’d be delighted if you’d share it with me.

 

 

Value

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If you’re anything like me, you live a busy hectic life that can change on a dime.  You may sit down to blog and just get started when you’re interrupted by an event, not of your making.  I have to admit, I’ve become quite fond of many here, and really look forward with zeal and excitement to see what you have written.

Although we are a “community” of sorts, and I delight in quickly checking to see what many have written, I often miss a few who are unable to blog.  As soon as I realize someone is missing, I am saddened.

I realized how precious the time that we all spend here together is.  Some more than others have the luxury of spending a great deal of time blogging.  Others cannot due to time constraints, family commitments, health issues, responsibilities, work or other activities that pull them away from blogging. Invariably, although I would wish to reply to many, I am unable to get to everyone.

Since we spend time together, and we get to know tidbits about each other’s lives, but really only the tip of the iceberg, it would be easy to become complacent.

Therefore, I wanted to let you all know, I value each and every one of you.  Your incite and your take on any given subject are interesting and pleasurable.  It takes vulnerability to open your heart and soul and let a group of individuals who are to a great degree, strangers, with one thing in common, we love writing and blogging, into your life.

So whether you blog daily, weekly or monthly, your input is treasured and I look forward to sharing as often as possible your invaluable input.  It’s my fervent wish that all of you, each one, finds peace and happiness and joy in each day.  When you blog, it doesn’t fall on deaf ears.  Many read and take in what you have shared.

I’m completely delighted and touched to have learned about blogging.  Particularly since I’ve been afforded an opportunity to meet such sage, intelligent, wise, touching and endearing people, sharing your lives.

I humbly thank each individual who so willingly so generously and so graciously share of their time, their thoughts, and their feelings.

 

Value

Value

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Since I value my “things” they last forever and become outdated.  Often people will laugh since we live in such a disposable society that my cd player is 15 years old.  It was cutting edge and no one else had a five turntable in which to load cd’s and play them consecutively.  Believe it or not, I still have it, and it works just fine.  It is of value!  Not just because it is still in excellent condition, but because my daughter bought it for me with her first paycheck for my birthday.

Sometimes, it is touching how a “thing” can have value.  Not so much because of what it is, but because of the emotional ties to the item.  My grandchildren draw me little and often meaningless pictures since you can’t understand what they are without an explanation.  My fridge is covered with magnets and little pieces of paper on which the two little ones have scribbled a picture.  It’s valuable to them, and to me!  Even though I have no idea what the artwork is, they raced to my door, excitement on their little faces as they handed me what they surely thought was an item of value, one I’d be delighted to receive.   What of that delightful colourfully painted rock, or the birdcage made in class? All received with equal pleasure and now treasured.

A loved one passes and an item whether of large monetary value or not, comes to you.  How often over the years, your eyes becomes moist still, because it was something you shared with this person and it has great sentimental value.  Every time you touch the item, it brings back memories shared.

I could go on, for there is much to value from relatives, friends, pets, the environment. However this was my take on today’s word.  Hope you enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

 

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