25 Days of Christmas: Gratitude with Sherry Gloag

25 Days of Christmas continues with Sherry Gloag!


Christmas is a time for celebrating,and while we are celebrating the true meaning behind the festivitiesI like to add a personal tradition of my own. Taking time out tolook back over the previous twelve months and be thankful for*all* ofit.
So one of the Christmas traditions Ihave set myself is Gratitude. This may seem like a strangeand too personal a tradition for it to count, but it has become anintegral part of my Christmas. I’ll try to explain why.
There comes a time when life appears toget on top of you and feels like it’s out to break you. I had sucha year during 1992/3.
“Everything comes in threes.” Sothe saying goes. I heard that almost more often than I had hotdinners at the time. What no one mentioned was that threes also comein multiples of three! Suffice to say, it was a *bad* year! But,and I do mean ‘but’, tough as it was to get through, it was alsoa period of some of the sharpest and most numerous lessons I’veever experienced.
It may sound odd to say ‘thank you’for such turmoil, but in retrospect it made me who I am today. I metpeople I may never have encountered if I hadn’t had to go to courtbecause I’d been burgled. My marriage is stronger now because backthen it was tested to the point of destruction. And I am moreprepared to face my shortcomings 🙂 Yeah! I have shortcomings. Somany of them, they all come out to party while I’m busy looking forthe key to keep them locked in the cupboard! LOL.
Seriously, gratitude was something thathovered off on the periphery of my life. Yes I paid lip-service to‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Now I learned the true meaning ofdeep heartfelt gratitude for things and people I may never meet butplay an integral part in my life.
I’m talking about all those peoplewho ensure I am kept safe when out on the streets, and for the lightsand heating I come home to every day. The people who deliver mymail, empty my bins every week. The night workers, who are rarelyseen but help to keep things running smoothly during the dark hours.
I’m talking about the nurses, police,firemen and rescue crews who are prepared to put their own lives onthe line for others, as well as everything else in my life.
So every year, I take time out tomeditate on all these things.http://sevennightwriters.blogspot.com/2011/12/when-you-meditate-upon-star.html
I have often found that when I stop,really stop to list all the events in my life, the good far outweighsthe bad, but more often than not I discover I’ve paid morelip-service to the bad than it deserves.
Every New Year I promise myself I’llredress the balance, but like diets……
From Now Until Forever

For Prince Liam, families meant badnews, unwanted commitments, and the loss of his personal freedom. Love spawned white picket fences, slippers at the hearth with a wifeand kids making demands, so why did those images disappear when hemet Melanie Babcot?
Melanie Babcot fought hard to escapethe horrors of her youth and vowed to remain single and free, so whenpaid to protect Prince Liam from insurgents why did her personalpledge fly out the window?
EXCERPT:LiamFitzwilliam Gasquet stared in amazement at the blooming patch of redmilliseconds before the pain exploded in his arm. Some trigger-happyidiot had fired in his direction. Indignation didn’t have time totake root before another bullet kicked the dust at his feet.
The rebels had found thefourth and youngest son of Jean-Phillipe Gasquet, ruler of the tinykingdom adjacent to the Swiss border. When had they discovered hiswhereabouts?
Witha reluctant sigh, he faced the truth of it. They hadn’t ‘found’him at all. They’d followed him.
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About the Author:

Multi-published author Sherry Gloag isa transplanted Scot now living in the beautiful coastal countrysideof Norfolk, England. She considers the surrounding countryside asextension of her own garden, to which she escapes when she needs”thinking time” and solitude to work out the plots for hernext novel. While out walking she enjoys talking to her characters,as long as there are no other walkers close by.
Apart from writing, Sherry enjoysgardening, walking, reading and cheerfully admits her books tend totake over most of the shelf and floor space in herworkroom-cum-office. She also finds crystal craft work therapeutic.

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