Grateful and Guilty

The Prompt: Grateful and Guilty—Whether it’s a trashy TV show, extra-pulpy fiction, or nutrient-free candy, write a thank-you note to your guiltiest guilty pleasure

Okay, okay.  I’m guilty of posting a link before I finished my blog entry, but I’m grateful I got online at all.  This on-again-off-again internet connection at my beach palapa rental somehow got the link established but didn’t get the actual posting included.  At any rate, it is lost and this is the new posting for what it is worth and there will be more later.  My writing workshop group is leaving this morning.  We meet at 8:30 for breakfast and then they are off.  I woke up at 5, restored the deck to its usual order so Tom, my upstairs neighbor, can be restored to his usual habits…his table and chair in one corner of the porch, my table and chairs in the opposite corner, in the shade, nearest the house.  I am so grateful for the experience of the past few days.  Judy Reeves conducted the best writer’s retreat I’ve ever attended.  If you and a few friends are in need of inspiration, consolation and direction, she might be your solution.  My friends and I hope she’ll come back for another session in 6 months. This time, at my house. Beach will be too hot.  So, until I can think of a more weighty (or frothy) response, I’d say I am feeling grateful to Harriet, who conceived of the idea that we should have a retreat, and for this place I love to come to at least once a year for a month or two to find myself again and I do not have an ounce of guilt about it at this moment.  Nor will I, ever. You have to establish your priorities and there is not one of the ten women I’ve spent the past few days with who would not say the same!  More later…the beach is stirring and so is the room behind me.  Judy

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

5 thoughts on “Grateful and Guilty

  1. Allenda Moriarty

    Judy Reeves sounds fabulous! It will be interesting to see where inspiration carries the group in the next 6 months. What a terrific way to start your time at the beach where you had intended to get a lot of writing done. Write on.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Allenda. I’ve decided not to finish the novel…Just ran out of steam. But, I will write what I can and just kick back and enjoy. I am making decorations for my Xmas tree now. It will not be your usual traditional tree! Stay in touch. I’ll post pics. J

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  2. Judy Reeves

    What a beautiful and heart-full experience to be with you, Judy, and all the women at the writing retreat for three gorgeous days at your beach house. Such good energy, sharing stories, writing the deep places and getting goofy sometimes, too. This is one I won’t soon forget. Sure hope we can make the six-month plan work for all of us. I’m so glad to know you!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Judy R—Well, that group of women is always special, but you made the experience unique and valuable, Judy. Harriet told me I would like you and I guess I have to admit that Harriet is always right! I had a bit of a withdrawal yesterday when you all left, but I’m not returning to my old (new?) self. A long sunset swim was ahhhhhhh. We’re going to make the 6 month repeat work..Date up to you…Judy DB

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  3. Allenda Moriarty

    I imagine you are finding wonderful treasures washed up to greet you on your walks, some of which will eventually find their way onto your tree. Relax, enjoy and have a nurturing time of self-discovery. I’ll look forward to pics of your tree.

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