Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thankful Thursday, B happy

I may sound like a broken record but again I have so much to be happy for. And I don’t care if I sound like a broken record. I am thankful. Please join Sonia and the rest of us over at Truth for the Journey and tell us why you are thankful.

I am thankful that I am happy and positive. It is a choice you know. Last night I heard about a great group of people called the Secret Society of Happy People. It is a group of people who express their happiness in an effort to discourage parade rainers. Parade rainers are people who always look at the dark side of everything and go out of their way to try to bring everyone around down to their level. Let’s fight back happy people. I am planning on joining this society.

Along those same lines, I am thankful that I am slow to anger. Now my family may not agree that I am slow to anger but I really am. Have you noticed all the anger in the world these days? The shouting in the Town Hall meetings, the violence on the streets and the road rage in traffic are all signs of unhappy people.

Last night on my way home from spin class, I got into some heavy traffic. Most people were going with the flow but this one hot head was intent on going faster. Both lanes were traveling at the same speed which just happened to be at the speed limit. This one guy wanted to go faster. It was obvious he was in a hurry and didn’t have time to obey the law. With no place else to go, he managed to squeeze his truck in behind me. There was literally less than two feet between my rear bumper and his front bumper. The look on his face was scary. He looked like he was about to kill someone.

We turned the next corner and he passed me and some other people on the right in a turn lane and then got back into traffic a few cars ahead of me. Then without putting on his blinker he got in the left lane and took an immediate left almost on two wheels. Now get this, he was turning into Wally World. I can’t imagine what he needed so bad from that place that he would endanger the lives of so many people. Perhaps he was out of cheese whiz.

I was very tense after that little incident and I needed some relief. As I got to the bridge to Wadmalaw Island I saw the most beautiful sunset over the water. This was just what I needed to remind me to be thankful for everything. Despite all the anger and violence in the world, God is still in control and I am thankful for that.
Again I want to say I am thankful for my family who got all that firewood cut, split and stacked. We will be warm this winter no matter what the weather does. And the fact that all that firewood was free makes it even better. I also get free water which is another bonus.

I am thankful that I have a steady job and pretty good Health care. I feel bad for everyone who is out of work and in need of health care insurance. I do have one question though concerning insurance in general. Who invented Copay and Deductable? Does anyone know where this originated? It seems crazy to me that you would get insurance and the first thing the insurance companies tell you when you try to use it is how much more you have to pay. I’m just asking.

Have a great day and please join us for Thankful Thursday,



SusanD said...

Road rage is everywhere. It's amazing to me that people who drive in heavy traffic daily are annoyed by it. Maybe they should need a good dose of that secret society. Just sayn. Loved the cheez whiz comment. Blessings, SusanD

Deb said...

Must be sumthin' about Wally World....folks turning in at ours act like the last free million $ is being handed out....! Glad you were kept safe!

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

I think it is great that you are slow to anger! I need to be more like this. I love your list!
Like the sound of that secret society.
Collette xxx

Mary Moss said...

Road rage is one of the things I have really been trying to give over to God! (Some days I do better than others:-)

Love you list! Thanks for sharing your positive vibes!

2Thinks said...

Once again your list is like a flying buttress- holding me up, even as I am now procrastinating an important job I have to do, which you will read about on my post today. You're right about happiness being a choice. Sometimes the happiness choice requires mental gymnastics. I think I will now go stand on my head for awhile.

Gr8 post Greg!

Samantha said...

Yes, I am so thankful for my families good health and our good healthcare we have, another blessing ! Thanks for sharing your
great list, have a blessed day.

My ADHD Me said...

School Supplies- When my kids were younger they each had to bring in an enormous amount of school supplies (ie 12 glue sticks, 24 pencils, 12 folders, 4 highlighters, 6 spiral notebooks, 1 box of antibacterial wipes, a box a large Ziplock bags, 2 three ring notebooks, 4 composition notebooks......on and on and on). Then the teacher would put them all together to be used by everyone, as needed.
OK, No problem. BUT, then by October or November they would be sending notes home for more.

I was SO hoping that you were going to say that a mile ahead you passed that crazy driver while he was being pulled over by a time.

Secret Society-Kudos!

Jane In The Jungle said...

Great list...Wally World??? Man that's sad!
I will be glad to join the Secret Society with you, people have always asked my hubby if I'm always this happy!! It's truly my choice!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

WOnderful list as always Greg and always laced with just the right amount of humor!

You have a lot to be thankful for.

Gotta Have Faith said...

Amen Greg!

I am so thankful for so many things! I can't even begin to know where to start! But I will post about this today as well. I have had road rage where someone targeted me and ended up htting me, but that is another sory in itself.

It is good to read Thankful Thursday's as I get new perspective on life when I am getting into a rut!

Thanks Greg!

Kim said...

The Wally World back in our little home town finally had a red light installed after TWO fatalities (in separate incidences). Is it because people know they're going to have to spend an hour waiting in the check-out lane and they're in a hurry to do that? Crazy.

I'm thankful you're a happy person too Greg! :-)

Heart2Heart said...


You know we may never know the real reason why your road rage two wheeled Wally World driver drove the way he did, but like you said, God did and perhaps he was headed for a divine dose of intervention.

Or perhaps he just really had to go and there were no stopping places along the road since you said you were all stuck in traffic. When the urge comes, I guess you do whatever it takes.

I love your list and I just find so much good friendship and humor when I stop by. I would simply love it if you would join me on my blog.

Then you and I could really be family members! Here is hoping that when you find that link to the society of happy people, send it my way, I could use more memberships in society's like that one.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Anonymous said...

This is great...I am so glad I stopped by. I can sense that you are a HAPPY person, your attitude and love flowing out with each key stroke...

Have a Happy Blessed Day

Scarlet said...

That Wally World guy sounds like a maniac. I'm reminded of that quote my mother used to tell me when I started driving..."It's better to waste two min. of your life than to waste your life in two min."

Sunsets are beautiful, aren't they? We saw the most beautiful ones on vacation, and yes, Florida sunsets are something to be thankful for.

KelliGirl said...

Thank God for upbeat, positive people like you. Your blog is a breath of fresh air.

I'm thankful for a gas furnace. . . so I don't have to chop all that wood! :-)

Edie said...

Hey that road rage guy has been behind me too!

I love how easy going you are. I could take a lesson.

Why is it a secret society? How can anyone tell you're happy people if you keep it a secret? I know there must be logic in there somewhere. :)

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I'm going to have to join up with the happy people too! I, like you, am slow to anger (but my family would probably disagree too). I try to be the cool head at work, especially lately. Getting all hot under the collar serves absolutely no purpose a lot of the eim.

Holly said...

I will apologize in advance for the length of this comment. I was given about 10 cases of latex gloves a few weeks ago through a company at work. I found a home for them which was the Summerville Medical Outreach program through a local church in my community. I made contact and dropped them off at their clinic last night. The clinic began at 5:30 and I arrived there early - around 5:00. Already ,there was about 10 people waiting in line in that hot afternoon South Carolina sun. I am thankful that I have a job and am in good enough health that I don't have to wait in line like those folks. My heart really went out to them. I am humbled.

Mich said...

Thanks for the visit...

Love your "thankful" list.Even when we have tough weeks, I am so thankful that i can still say I am very blessed.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Lots of drivers out there scare me. They act like there is no one else on the road or that where they're going is so much more important than the lives they put at risk!

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