A Positive Spin

Wine, cheese, hard Spanish chorizo, summer sausage, and far-reaching conversations made for an outstanding Friday evening. And that was after a filling and satisfying lunch at El Jimador. My friends and I stayed up talking and enjoying one another’s company until about 12:30 a.m. I could have stayed up later, but it’s good that I didn’t; if I had, I probably would still be asleep. I awoke just after 6, surprised that I felt so good. And after a shave and a shower, I felt even better. Just before 7, I went to the grocery store to buy bread (how can one run out of bread and fail to replace it when visitors are coming?). When I returned, my friends already were up and drinking coffee. All of us, I think, felt good, with no after-effects of the wine. And I continue to feel good. Today, though it’s a bit dark and dreary and rainy, promises to be a good one. Depending on the weather, we may wander the highways and byways around the Village a bit later. In the interim, we will continue to drink coffee, relax. and enjoy the company of friends.


Today, I am leaving all my “to-do” worries behind; Monday is soon enough. Except one of my friends insists that my refrigerator needs a major reorganizing, which will involve discarding some items. I suppose the refrigerated items older than three years can be safely discarded without great loss. We’ll see. I’ll not worry about that. Just relax. Have fun. Kick back and embrace the opportunity to sit in the company of good friends.


A few thoughts about gratitude:

  • “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
  • “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~ Anonymous ~
  • “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” ~ Buddha ~
  • “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” ~ Willie Nelson ~

And there you have it; a way to start a day with a positive spin.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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