Good morning lovely people. I’m still just reading and responding to your posts. They are a blessing to me every day. I’ve responded individually to some of you, albeit a little late.
I did notice that Pilgrim has not posted here lately and wanted to give her a “shout out”. And also, as always, our dear Charla….you are in my thoughts and prayers dear lady.
So grateful for you all.
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!
I’m glad you will be around a little longer dear Debbie….and I hope you are feeling better.
Welcome to this sacred community Janica! You will find much love, inspiration and acceptance here.
Thank you Debbie…It would be lovely to visit with you in magical fairy land!
Our oldest daughter lived there for 11 years and we always had a plan to retire there when the time came. I visited her as often as I could. One year for her birthday we did a mother-daughter trip to a beautiful spa in Tucson. It is such a wonderful memory for me. If you haven’t already…please try to go to the Gallery in the Sun….an amazing place featuring the art and architecture of Ted Degrazia. I have a feeling his art will really speak to you.
3 years ago my daughter moved to Denver…so gorgeous and so different from Arizona! She’s getting married next year and seems to be permanently settled in the Denver area. We’ll see what the future brings…in my life the unexpected has a way of happening 🙂
So happy for you Debbie….I’m not surprised your depression lifted. I always felt my healthiest and most serene when in Arizona. I may take you up on your offer!
Dear Ursula: Yes, that word of the day yesterday was beautiful. And today’s as well…it reminds me of something Mother Teresa said “We cannot all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love”
I think that buying Fair Trade is an act of love, don’t you?
And I pray to always be aware of God’s presence, and the angels that He sends to help me and sometimes carry me. I am reminded of another wonderful saying that I have on one of my bookmarks…I love it so much and think I have shared it here before:
“Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit. For without being seen, they are present with you”
~Wishing you a day filled with love and angels my friend.
Dear Ursula: How wonderful to see your beautiful picture…your face mirrors the beautiful soul and spirit within you. And I love the earrings! I especially appreciate their source…I too try to purchase Fair Trade products whenever I can. My 2 daughters as well…..it’s a tradition among the 3 of us to buy gifts for each other that are handcrafted and have a beautiful story behind them like your earrings do.
I am so happy to hear that you received a good report from your doctor! You have inspired me so many times and helped me to persevere through my own health issues and I have prayed for you dear Ursula….I am so happy and relieved for you that I feel tears coming to my eyes.
All of the amazing women (and men too) in this gratefulness community have become so important to me and I am grateful to be here among such smart, brave, kind, compassionate, strong women. It is an honor, truly.
Many blessings Ursula and thank you for sharing your picture and your good news!
Welcome to this lovely and sacred community Malgorzata. It has been such a blessing in my life and I’m sure it will be in yours as well.
~I am grateful for motherhood too~
Oh Debbie…I am so happy for you! And maybe just a tad envious….as you know, Arizona is my favorite place in the world. Magical fairy land is my name for it. The desert is so healing and the year-round sunshine will be so good for you!
I’m so glad you checked in with us…you have been missed. And thank you for sharing your good news with us…so exciting!
Good morning Hope….such a beautiful picture. I love the beach and haven’t been in a long time. My daughter (whose name is Cassandra Hope!) is living in Alicante, Spain. Each morning before she reports to her teaching job, she has breakfast on the beach overlooking the Mediterranean. She often includes pictures with her daily texts and this picture reminds me of my beautiful daughter having quite the adventure in her young life. Thank you for sharing!
Good morning Manda….thank you for this video! You turned my morning tears into a great big smile! I especially loved seeing so many “characters” from the TV shows that I watched growing up! Haha….and yes, even Batman dances!
Thank you for sharing this…I definitely feel like I am being called to dance more! This is something that I can do, a way to move my body, even when it is cold and blustery outside and I am not up for my daily walk….I can do this all by myself in my little farmhouse. I love how all the people in this video were just so uninhibited and emanated so much joy…It really is kind of magical how moving our bodies to the music can lift our spirits and send them soaring!
I am wishing you a day filled with this kind of joy Manda!
Juan…what a beautiful sentiment you shared! “The love inside people is sometimes hard to see from their physical appearance, but its there”. I will carry this grace-filled thought with me today. Thank you for sharing.
Good morning Manda….did you see the “Word for The Day” today?
Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves.
I am inspired by this, and by your post, to incorporate joyful dancing into my healing practices. Thank you for that! I plan on putting on some music this afternoon and having a dance with myself!
Have a joyful dancing day Manda!
Lots of love right back to you Manda! Don’t know if you scrolled down to see my response to the video you posted? So sweet…thank you again for sharing that!
Good morning Kathleen….I wanted to thank you for your lovely reflection on nature and heartily agree with your sentiment that we desperately need to reconnect with the natural world…in my opinion it is the source of great health and healing for us individually and globally. I recently retired from teaching Life and Environmental Science and my personal “mission” was to instill in my adolescent students an abiding appreciation and respect for nature. I’m sure you have heard of NDD? “Nature Deficit Disorder” (as opposed to ADD). It is sadly a condition that we see in our young people far too much in these technology-laden times. (In adults too!) I did my best to raise their awareness…hopefully it made a difference. I’d love to hear more about how you became involved in nature journaling and about how you teach it.
~Have a peace-filled day Kathleen!
Thank you for your kind suggestion Aine. Yes…”kaleidoscope” is a good way to describe the phenomenon. This was the first time it has happened….if it starts happening frequently I will certainly look into the remedy you described. Love the “geeky” origin info of the Iris Versicolor. “)
Sorry to be late to the party Juan….but I wanted to tell you that your post warmed my heart. I love how you were just overflowing with gratitude that your presentation went well. When I was younger, I had a job where I had to do presentations to a room full of doctors, PhD’s and other medical professionals. I was ALWAYS a nervous wreck beforehand and so grateful when it was over. But my gratitude stopped there and I didn’t take the time to acknowledge all the blessings in my life as you have done in your young life. You are a light…thank you!
~Sending love and peace right back to you Juan 🙂
Manda…thank you for this video. Some of the kids reminded me of my former middle-school students. Despite how challenging and exasperating that age group can be, I always tried to remember that underneath the surface there was a wellspring of kindness in their hearts. I often saw glimpses of that when they let their guard down and did my best to nurture it in my adolescent classroom.
~I hope you are having a lovely day dear Manda!
Thank you for sharing this Aine…just reading it now as I’ve been “away” from this site for a couple of days. Sacred Illness…sigh. I aspire to see my afflictions this way. I was at the ophthalmologist last week with another new one. I had some weird and scary things happening with my right eye…totally freaked me out and I thought to myself “Really? What else is going to happen to me!!” My husband and I are new to this area so I called several doctors’ offices and I was advised to get checked out asap which of course frightened me more. Anyway…it turned out to be what the doctor called an “optical migraine” and he said it was my body’s response to fatigue and anxiety. I almost laughed out loud. But I was thankful that it wasn’t a problem with my retina, which apparently was a possibility. He said that as long as these episodes do not become frequent I shouldn’t worry too much. I guess the thing that is the hardest for me is living with the fear that something else will always be happening to me…it’s kind of been non-stop for the past 30+ years. My poor body…I hope I get a new one in my next life…haha.
Just this morning I read aloud a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi…my favorite saint. Maybe you have read it…it’s called “The Canticle of Creation”. I like to say this prayer as I look out over the farmland in my backyard. It is a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God for the gifts of Brother Sun and Sister Moon, Brothers Wind and Air, Sister Water and Brother Fire, and Mother Earth. Such a beautiful blessing and the last part says this:
“Be praised my Lord, for those who forgive for love of you; and for those who bear sickness and weakness in peace and patience–you will grant them a crown”.
So this is what I will try to do…and be.
~I hope you have a blessed day Aine
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