It has been quite a while since I have linked up with the Finish the Sentence Friday blog hop hosted by Kristi Campbell of Finding Ninee. There is now a second host for this blog hop. Welcome Kenya Johnson of Sporadically Yours. In addition there have been some changes in the types of prompts. For instance, the second week of each month is a Listicle. This week's challenge is to share a list of 10 of your favorite things. Click here to read what other bloggers have shared.
1. Family. For me family is a favorite because I am able to see a part of me in them and them in me. This has caused me to reflect on so many different levels and is ever a learning experience.
2. Experiences that I have had that have brought me to this point in my life.
3. Knowledge I have that if all those people I hold dear and if all my possessions were to be destroyed, I would still be able to feel the love of God and be comforted by the Spirit.
4. Natural beauty of the world and the people in it. Nature in its pristine state is beautiful, but there is also something aesthetically pleasing about the changes caused upon the plants and formations due to natural forces of nature. So it is with people. The smooth skin of young children is in stark contrast to the wrinkles of the aged, but there is a beauty in those lines so deeply impressed that touches the heart of the observer.
5. Life stories. Listening to the stories of the lives of others and learning what they feel they have learned from their experiences can be a blessing to those who take their stories to heart.
6. Inspirational quotations. There is a plethora of memes, often humorous, but the ones that catch my attention are the ones that cause me to ponder and if I choose, to change my behaviors and become a better person. Sometimes the inspirational quotations are poetic. These draw me in, maybe because from my years as a young child, my heart and mind have been receptive to this style of writing.
7. Hugs. What more can one say? A sincere heartfelt hug feeds the soul.
8. Thoughtful people. In a world that can often seem unrelentingly cruel because of the lack of compassion spoken or shown by some, there are so many who choose to be good, to do good, and look for ways to serve others, whether they know them or not. These thoughtful people come in all sizes, ages, colors, and nationalities and often unite with those seemingly quite different from themselves to unitedly make a difference in small ways or enormous ways. Often thoughtfulness can be done in magnanimous ways. (The origin of the word magnanimous is from the Latin magnanimus magnus "great" and animous "soul.")
9. The color blue. The color blue and especially blue/green hues are especially calming to me.
10. Beautiful music. There are many kinds of music that I enjoy with as many reasons for why I do. I do know that music vibrates within me, but not necessarily in a loud or harsh way, but often in a very tender way, giving me reason to hope or courage to do, or reason to feel joy.