Friday, November 26, 2010

Lorrie Unites-Struiff Stopping in to be Thankful!

Hello Ginger and readers,
Thank you for giving me a spot on your blog today, Ginger.

Now, this may be sort of sappy, but it’s from the heart.

There are so many things to be thankful for in life, how do I choose the most important one to blog about?

I’ve searched my brain, my heart, my life, trying to figure out the number one blessing during my many years on this Earth that I give thanks for everyday.
Sure, we may have God, Country, Family, Health, Wealth, Children, etc. Narrowing it down to one is tough, impossible.

As we all know, life throws some terrible curves at us. And, we all have lived through enough sorrows, bad times, depression and the loss of loved ones and friends. We have enough to complain about, cry about, even whine about.

We have had happy times, laughing times, and have known great excitement and joy.

But, through all of this, what is one of the major things that I give thanks for everyday?

Since I must choose one, I choose my friends.

I have read, if you have one good friend in your lifetime, you are truly blessed. I profoundly believe that.

What do I consider a friend?

A friend is a person that you can count on to be there for you, the good times as well as the bad. 

The true friend accepts you for who you are, warts and all. The one who drops everything without being asked and rushes to your side to hold your hand when times are bad. They are the ones who listen to you when you pour your heart out and without judgment. 

A friend rejoices in your good fortune without envy or taking advantage.
There are many of what I call, “Me, Me, Me,” people in the world who take but give back very little. I’m sure you all know a few. There are some who are so tied up with themselves in their own little worlds, they offer you platitudes and go on their merry way.

I am truly blessed, for I have more than one real friend. A few who live near me, and my friends who hold my hand through either the phone from distances away, or through words in emails meaningful enough to make me feel they are right here with me. They give of their time to laugh with me, cry with me, and listen. Friends make it easier to survive the hardships of life.

To me, friends are the staff of life, the ones who feed and sustain my very being. I only hope I do the same for them.

This is the time of year we express our thankfulness, but know I am thankful every day, not only for a season. 

So, for this blog Ginger has kindly let me have a guest spot, I want to thank you, my friends. You know who you are and always believe that you are very special to me.
You are the rock that keeps me anchored while I continue my journey through life.

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Anonymous said...

Well said, Lorrie. And so very true.

Touching, lovely, and mutual.

= )


Unknown said...

Thank you Ginger for allowing me to express my feelings on your blog. And you know you are included as one of my good friends.

What would life be without friends?
I shudder to imagine.

Cellophane Queen said...

Hi, Lorrie. Well-said. I know a lot of the stuff you've gone through. You amaze me with your resilience.

Best wishes, my friend.

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Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Lorrie,
Your words touched me deeply, because I know some of the tragic things you've been through just this year alone. It has been an honor getting to know you and I wish you all the best. Your book sounds wonderful and is on my TBB list. Hope you have a wonderful new year, gosh it's right around the corner...Hugs...Tabs

maria altobelli said...

Very nice post, Lorrie. And we can all do with a little "sappy" from time to time. This gives us all something to reflect on.

And coming from someone who has had so many of life's curve balls in the last year alone, makes the words more meaningful.

Thanks for posting.

Unknown said...

Truer words have never been spoken. Because of Lorrie I am also blessed. Lorrie has been such a wonderful friend to me. All of those attributes she named that she feels her friends have, Lorrie gives to each of us. We are blessed with her friendship, her advice and her stories. I'd be a lesser person without all of those things--and Lorrie.

Lorries book , by the way, is as good as her friendship and I highly recommend it. Lois

Frances Macias Mossman said...

A supernatural thriller, Gypsy Crystal is a dark thrill-ride entrenched in Romany lore and the supernatural. Unites-Struiff nails it with Detective Rita Moldova, a modern heroin intermixed with a steely strength and vulnerability. Gypsy is a fast paced and chilling read.

Cate Masters said...

Wonderful post, Lorrie. To be able to find reasons to be thankful after such a horrific year, you're amazingly gracious. Wishing you every happiness in the future.

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