Good morning Mary. The spring break is always too short! And I understand/remember those anxious feelings. I hope that you had a peace-filled sleep and are enjoying a restful Sunday.
Oh Cintia….what a wonderful story. I love it when these moments come into our lives…they are truly a gift. If only we have the eyes to see them…which you have Cintia…with so much grace and love and gratitude. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful experience with us.
Good morning Aine…thank you for sharing about your own precious pup and for your suggestions. Wesley is currently on prescription meds that our wonderful veterinarian suggested. In addition to Wesley being rather old, he has experienced, along with us, a lot of changes in the last year. We moved into a new home that sits on preserved farmland…lots of deer and other wildlife that Wesley has never encountered. (We lived in suburbia since he was a puppy and our house had a small fenced-in yard…now the landscape goes on forever…no fences here!). Just this past spring, both of our elderly cats passed away within just a couple of months of each other…so Wesley lost part of his “pack”. Right around that time, my husband went on an extended business trip and I started working temp jobs more frequently. Our youngest daughter (who we got Wesley for when she was just 9 years old) is living abroad. So….lots of changes! No wonder he has anxiety issues!
He started exhibiting destructive behavior when we were out so we now keep him in the crate we used when we he was a puppy whenever both of us are going to be out of the house. He seems to love it…I put a pillow and flannel sheet in there for him, give him something to chew on, and play meditative music for him. He is so comforted by this that he doesn’t want to come out when we get home!
Aine, dogs are so smart and intuitive. When my husband and I are getting ready to go out…he senses what is about to happen and gets so very nervous and upset…breaks my heart. That is when I recite Julian of Norwich to him…I think it helps both of us!
As far as me…I am doing well these days, despite the lingering cold and blustery winter we are experiencing here. I believe that Spring will be even sweeter this year and look forward to warmer and sunnier days ahead. In the meantime, I am grateful for the wood-burning stove in my cozy little farmhouse and for days like today, when the wind has finally died down, the sun is shining, I am not working, and can go for my much-needed walk to visit with the horses 🙂
So happy you are feeling better these days Aine! So grateful to be “visiting” with you!
Good morning dear Ursula. I am sorry I was not here on this site yesterday…I worked a full day (I am a substitute secretary) and, because of my health issues, was completely exhausted (physically and emotionally) by the time I got home. I barely had enough energy to make dinner and watch a TV show with my husband. I am not working today and I just read your post and all the responses you received. I’m reminded of how sacred this community is. We have never met each other in person but yet we are a community of friends who are traveling together on this life journey. I am so very grateful to be a part of this community…I have encountered nothing like it in my life.Ursula…so much love and wisdom have been poured out to you. I struggle so much with anxiety and fear so I understand, as do many here on this site. It helps me to know that I am not alone and I hope that you will always know in your heart that you are not alone either.I often say this meditation from the Buddhist tradition when I am walking or even driving somewhere…repeating it as a mantra until I can feel a little calmer when I am nervous or off balance as you described. It has a calming effect on me…I hope that it will be of some comfort to you as well. Much love to you dear friend.
May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy
Cara Anna…I think we are on here at the same time! I am sorry you are having a hard day….I am sending you a big hug Anna! And much love and light.
Mary…I was always so grateful for spring break! It comes at just the right time for us teachers. I’m wishing you a time of healing, rest, reflection, and relaxation. And I love your dancing idea! Manda often talked about dancing and she inspired me on several occasions to do the same 🙂
Today I am grateful for a walk in the warm (ish) sunshine….tomorrow we go back to freezing temps again. This morning I thanked God for the seasons…all of them! Despite how I feel about this winter, it does make the coming spring time that much sweeter.
Hope you have a joyous day as well Mary!
Hi Jon…thanks for sharing. I think everyone here has experienced “life jumping in front of the more important things” Love that description…it’s so true! It is for sure a force to be reckoned with sometimes!
Thank you for reminding me to listen to the ever-present inner voice behind all the noise and busyness.
It was so wonderful to come home from my walk, check in with my gratefulness friends, and see your post Aine. I have missed you!
I’m so sorry you were sick and in pain. I am inspired by your willingness and ability to see the blessings within times like that. And you ended with one of my very favorite quotes…maybe we’ve shared it together here before? I have shared Julian of Norwich many times with many different people…even my dog Wesley! Poor guy is suffering from separation anxiety, which I have learned is not uncommon among older dogs. When he sees me getting ready to leave the house he becomes visibly upset. I bend down and give him a hug….hold his face in my hands and look in his eyes and say “All will be well Wesley, all manner of things will be well.”
He is comforted by this little ritual and I am reminded at the same time of the wisdom in those words.
I hope you will continue to heal Aine…I am thankful for your presence here.
Juan….I love how you appreciate the miracle of the human body. I have my masters degree in Biology and taught Anatomy and Physiology for 2 years in graduate school.
Knowing more “science” only increased my faith in a Divine Creator. “We are fearfully and wonderfully made” says the Psalm. I have chronic illness but I still try every day to appreciate the miracle of all the intricate systems in my body that are keeping me alive!
I say a prayer each morning that helps keep me connected to my daughter, who is currently living in Spain. “Gracias Papito Dios por el milagro de un otra dia de la vida”
Thank you Father God for the miracle of another day of life.
Thank you for sharing and inspiring me this morning Juan!
Manda…I don’t usually visit here on Sundays but something prompted me to check in. I’m so grateful that I did, as I would be very sad if I didn’t the chance to send you off on the next part of your journey with all the love and light that I have to give. Thank you for your friendship, your wisdom, your purity of heart and your compassion. And you live in my favorite place in the world! A piece of my heart remains in Arizona and always will be hovering over the landscape there. I hope you can feel it.
Sending a big hug back to you Manda!
~Abundant blessings my cyber-friend!
Dear Alicia…in honor of St. Patrick’s day and my dear Irish grandmother I offer you this Irish blessing:
May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
I’m glad you know that you are not alone Alicia. Wishing you and your husband much peace and rest and healing.
Hello Ursula: I live in an area of the U.S. that got a LOT of snow! Normally I can find the beauty in the cold and snow but this late winter storm was hard to take. We had a relatively warm winter and the flowers and trees were beginning to bud…spring was definitely in the air! And then the bitter cold and piles of snow changed all that!
I’m tempted to get all depressed about it but am determined to remain grateful. We have a wood-burning stove in our little farmhouse and, since my husband worked from home the past 2 days, he kept it going non-stop. We put out lots of birdseed for our little friends and we had a very crowded party of birds outside our sun room that I could watch. They put on quite a show! It’s almost as if they had spread the word that our house was providing food for the neighborhood! Cardinals, Juncos, Mourning Doves, BlueJays, Woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Starlings, and several species of Sparrows all came to visit. They were so brave in the cold and blustery wind!
I am very emotional (sad and anxious) this morning…but I am trying to “sit” with my emotions and let them just be. In the “grateful offerings” email I received this morning, there was a beautiful sacred practice by Collette Lafia about seeking peace. I don’t necessarily feel like doing it but I’m going to anyway. And then I will bundle up and go outside for a little while…despite the bitter cold today the sun is (finally!) shining.
Thank you for checking up on us. I have to remember that Spring will be here…sooner or later!
Ellen….I want to go to a doggie birthday party! How fun 🙂
Please be sure to tell us all about it!
Manda….my heart felt a stab of pain when I read about your friend and her baby. I will keep them in my prayers.
Welcome Maria! You will find so much support, encouragement, inspiration and yes…spiritual rest here. God is indeed good.
Dear Anna: I agree with Mary…I always enjoy everything you write! I am Northern Italian too! My maternal grandmother was from Bedonia, in Parma…do you know it? My “nana” helped raise me and was the most loving and kind person I have ever known…I miss her very much. I have her blue eyes and I’m wondering if, being from Northern Italy, if you have blue eyes as well?
My grandmother never spoke Italian to us growing up (she also spoke French fluently) so I never learned much of the language, which I deeply regret. Maybe it’s not too late for me to learn? In the meantime I will say “buona notte” cara Anna…it is time for sleep for me here in the U.S.
Debbie….I’m glad you are sticking around a little longer and am sending up a special prayer for you to be relieved of your migraine.
Dear Ursula: I am always amazed at the way that, no matter what is happening in your life, you take the time to reach out in concern and gratitude and welcoming to others.
Your loving heart always shines through. Please do take care of yourself….you are a bright light to so many!
I am hoping that your son is feeling better? We are about to get a very big snowstorm here in my part of the U.S. so I will be home all day and will light a candle for you and your family.
~Blessings dear Ursula
Mary….I was scrolling down to try to find out if you had updated your situation at school. I am so inspired by your thought process of taking this painful chapter in your teaching career and finding some good in it…..times like these give us the opportunity to grow in our compassion for others, like your students.
I read something just today from the Henri Nouwen site…I get his reflections each day. I thought you might be encouraged by this…here is an excerpt:
“You know you are living a grateful life when whatever happens is received as an invitation to deepen your heart, to strengthen your love, and to broaden your hope. You are living a grateful life when something is taken away from you that you thought was so important and you find yourself willing to say, “Maybe I’m being invited to a deeper way of living.”
It seems to me that you are doing exactly that Mary. My prayer is to grow in this grace myself.
Here’s to changes, growth, liberation and new adventures for 2017!
~Many blessings from your (retired) teacher friend 🙂
Anna….I just had to reply to you! I love what you said: “when it has flown away, all is normal again”. It’s such a wonderful image…to see our ailments and afflictions as “flying away”…it made me smile 🙂
~Gracie cara Anna!
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