Hi and Happy October. I don’t know about you but I love this month and all there is to celebrate. I enjoy the changing color of the trees, the crisp air, birthdays, anniversaries, Halloween when we can dress us, and more to enjoy. This photo was taken a year or two during a lovely change in season.
Of course, it is still quite warm so the changes have not begun. Hopefully that will be soon. Today, I am going to write on two short topics for a month of October writings. Yesterday’s topic was Hope and today’s is Comfort. I will try to be more active in my posts this month. These words are part of the five-minute writings that I sometimes do.
October 7 — Hope — I often write to people who I hope and pray that they get better from an illness, that their loved ones will be healed, I hope a book I am reading has a fascinating story and a great ending, or that whatever the problem is will be resolved.
I also hope for my son to do well on a test or with his homework, for my husband to have a safe business trip, for there to be peace on earth, for my loved ones to stay healthy, for safe travels on the interstates or on flights, for someone with cancer to be healed, and for so much more.
Hope is something that I want to cling to in times of trouble and realize that it is a good thing to keep in mind. Hope is the friend of an optimist. Hope can help you continue when things seem to be going horribly wrong. Hope is also the name of a friend of mind. She is great and such fun.
October 8 — Comfort — I love to be comfortable. How about you? So, I don’t wear high heels. Instead I am often in flip-flops or flat and comfy shoes. I also dress now in mainly shorts, casual pants, t-shirts, and sometimes skirts with a nice blouse. Nothing like I used to when I was working full-time. And, when walking, wear sneakers.
I used to be sure to have full makeup and my hair just so when I left the house. I have noticed, however, that I am now okay without much if any makeup. This is primarily on days when I don’t have much planned. Being older has helped me to be comfortable in my own skin. Granted, I have lots to work on, but I am trying to appreciate where I am.
Comfort is found in my family, our home, our routine, and our community. I love to sit on our couch and read, watch a favorite movie, chat with friends and family, and take a nap. That is one of my favorite places to rest and relax and be comfortable. What is your favorite place?
When I am upset about something, I take comfort in a kind word, a hug, a warm gesture or note, or a special song. It all depends on the problem on what can work. Sometimes, time and quiet are the best things to find the comfort that we need. And, our loved ones can also help and make things better for us.
Merriam-Webster defines Hope as “to cherish a desire with anticipation” and “to expect with confidence.” The dictionary defines Comfort as “to give strength and hope to” and “to ease the grief or trouble of.”
I wonder how I will help others continue to have hope and provide comfort as needed? I don’t yet know but will do my best.
And, I will try to write more regularly than I have been. I have missed it but have been so very busy. Hopefully things will slow down and allow for this time. Have a great day!