Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Bright Side

Can't say this photo looks much like my grandma, but I like Jenny's 
Saturday Centus prompt anyway because it gives me a chance to talk 
about one of the best grandmas ever! (The prompt is in red.)

©2013 Susan Noyes Anderson

My grandma always told me
attitude was everything.
Each point of view was mine to take:
my choice to sigh or sing.

Whenever I was feeling blue
or found myself bereft.
She said, "Don't dwell on what you've lost;
embrace whatever's left."

The bright side found her every time.
Her heart was open wide.
She gathered sunshine where she could
and carried it inside.

My grandma braved her share of storms
but counted herself blessed.
Be grateful for the things you have;
forget about the rest.



EG CameraGirl said...

Your grandma was a very wise woman!

Momza said...

Those happy genes have found a place in you, Sue.
I see them all the time in your writing.

~T~ said...

Great advice!

Grandma Honey said...

I really like this Sue. It's been what I've been trying to do lately.....focus on what I have and not what I've lost.

Amy said...

Such great council to follow, and looking on the bright side really does gather sunshine!

Kris Osage said...

Beautifully done Sue !!! :)

karen said...

How did I miss this?? Your grandma sounds like my grandma. She embraced every good thing in this life and was thankful for everything. She didn't have an easy life, either - she just chose to be happy. I'm sure it's what gave her such a long, healthy life. She's definitely one of my role models. I think you and I got those genes too - we both tend to look on the bright side most of the time.

Darlene said...

If you were talking about my Mom, you hit it on the nail. She was always looking at the present and enjoying the moment. I never heard her complain about anything (not like me, unfortunately). I try to me more like her as I get older. She always gave such good advice, and you were such a special grandchild to her. She was always such a happy person. I wish I could be more like her.

If you were talking about my mother-in-law, she was always such a positive person too. Still, I don't remember her giving you lots of advice, but mostly because you didn't see her as often. Of course you did see her more when you were at the UofU. They both had plenty to offer. I wish I had listened a bit more to her when she talked about all the health routines I should be on.

I have to make mention that you are one of the four people that haven't commented on my blog. I am actually quite amazed that most of my blogging friends have been looking for my new blog because it has been three weeks since last I blogged. It will probably be about that long now between blogs. I am just not as interested in doing my part, but love to hear from my dozen friends, I have just twelve and I'm not looking for any more.

I did love this poem, Sue, and I am going to have Dick print me out a copy so that I can have it on my table to read every day.

Gail said...

You could be talking about my grandmother too.

Dixie Mom said...

The grandma who considers herself blessed knows best!

Lola said...

Hi Sue! Love the post – such wise words from your grandma!

Have a great weekend and look forward to *seeing* you again!

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Brian Miller said...

your gramma sounds like quite the lady and speaks and lives with wisdom....always looking ahead...and gathering sunshine...smiles.

Viki said...

Very good words of wisdom.

Jenny said...

Sigh or sing.

I love that and I've never heard it before!

What great advice!

Sigh or sing.

You are just brilliant!

LeAnn said...

I can just hear my grandma on this one. I hope that I am as good as a grandma that mine was. Loved this one!

Karen Sue said...

I LOVE your grandma... mine used to say "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything" Should follow that advice more than I do

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