My husband and I are sitting around with the remaining friend from out of town. The first friend left Monday afternoon. We decided to discuss gratitude and joy … here’s the conversation:
Judy: This year, my blogs have given me insight into so many things I am grateful for … what are you grateful for?
Diane: My house. I was able to do it all on my own. I didn’t need anyone’s financial help or input. All the decisions I’ve made are on my own. People doubted me and told me it would be too much for one person … that I’d never be able to keep it and maintain it alone. It’s been five-and-a-half years and I’m loving it.
Greg: Coming off a weekend with the three of you (me and my two girlfriends) and hearing Diane’s response, I am grateful for strong, confident women in my life who know what they want, own their assets and independence, as well as their issues. Whether it’s personal with other people, personal inside themselves or work, you own it powerfully.
It’s been fun to watch the three of you interact and just be in the background. Observing has been fascinating and being able to serve you guys so you were free to relax and enjoy each other’s company … that I’ve been able to flirt and laugh with you all. It’s fun and joyful to watch.
Judy: What about joy? What fills you with joy?
Greg: So many things fill me with joy. Your smile, sunsets, the top down on the car with wind and sunshine. Playing music loudly and singing along. How do you decide where joy begins and where it ends? Wine and great food. Indulging in the simple things. Seeing other people filled with joy doubles my own joy. Hearing you guys laugh this weekend was truly joyful!
Diane: Oh my gosh. When you get to spend time with your entire family. Having my daughters, my grandkids, my mom and brother all together and having a great time fills me with joy. Christmas was a riot. My ex-husband and his new wife were there and the fact that we get along and can enjoy each other’s company is amazing. To be mature enough to share these moments despite our divorce really matters. It’s joyful.
Our conversation went on for hours. We spent the evening breezing through conversation after conversation. It reminds me to be grateful and filled with joy over so very many things.
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