I am so grateful for this community. Just reading what you all have shared has encouraged my spirit. I too have been missing Charla as I read…her posts never fail to make me smile. Sending grateful thoughts out to you Charla and hoping that you feel the love from everyone here.
~Have a blessed day lovely people
Ursula….I have a magnet on my refrigerator that simply says “Serendipity”. It is my very favorite word in the world, everyone who is close to me knows it! Once I discovered it, I realized that serendipity happens every day in my life, I just need to have an open heart and mind to see and acknowledge it. My daughters use this word all the time now too…It makes me happy to know that I have taught them the magic of this word! 🙂
Dear Manda…..I am just now on my computer and reading your post about Matt. I have to admit it made me want to scream for you! How incredibly frustrating! But you are handling this situation with such grace. I have to believe that in your gratefulness and your determination to be a peacemaker, that you will be blessed through this in ways that you can’t even imagine right now. I know that you have blessed and inspired me countless times with your grateful heart and your kindness and generosity that comes shining through each time you share here.
Thank you for that.
I am lighting a candle for you tonight before I go to sleep….I hope and pray that this situation gets resolved for you soon dear Manda. As Pilgrim said…we are all here to support you.
Dear Ursula…I’m sorry I couldn’t be here sooner for you! My computer wasn’t working for awhile but is all fixed now (I hope!). I am so very sorry for the pain that this woman is causing you. I understand it as I’m sure many of us do. I had someone in my life (also younger than me) who for years was so mean to me and I could never understand why. Some people are just in such pain themselves and they don’t know what to do with it….so they lash out at gentle souls like you.
I join with all the others who have replied in saying that I am honored to be your friend Ursula. I value your friendship….I thank God every day for this community and I am so grateful for you and for all that you share and give to me and everyone else here.
I have one small thing to suggest. It wasn’t easy for me, but I decided to start praying for people who have been unkind to me or reject me. I started asking God to bless them and to heal them. It’s not always easy I admit but it has helped me to just let go.
I am lighting a candle for you tonight before I go to sleep…I hope that you are feeling the love and support of all of your friends here.
~Blessings dear Ursula and I send you a hug too!
Manda….I always love to hear about the breads you are baking. I like to cook but have never really been a baker. But I’ve always loved the smell of freshly baked bread…maybe I should give it a try!
ps. I too loved the quote of the day.
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to jump in sooner…my computer has been acting wonky lately and my husband is away on business so I couldn’t use it for a day. I finally reached him while he was waiting for his flight at the airport and he talked me through how to fix it…hurray!
I wanted to tell you that your attitude towards being turned down for another job is not at all convoluted….I am speaking from experience here. When we moved a little over a year ago, it was the perfect time for me to retire from my full time teaching position…for a number of reasons. I was convinced that with my experience and credentials that I would have no trouble procuring the part-time position of my dreams….to work as a library assistant (I have had a love affair with libraries all my life!).
To my delight, a position opened up that seemed perfect for me, at a sweet little local library out here in rural farmland. Since I was a certified teacher grades K-8 and had been on the Board of Trustees at the library in my former town, I thought I was a shoe-in. But I didn’t get the job! Not only that, but the position opened up a second time and again I applied and didn’t get it. Haha…..I was dumbfounded! Didn’t they know that I was perfect for the job! But…I truly believed in my heart that God had something else planned for me and that is eventually what happened. I am now a substitute secretary at the 6 schools within the district where I currently live…how that happened was total serendipity and totally meant to be. I have much more flexibility in this position…if I am having a rough day physically I don’t have to accept a job. This is really what I was meant to be doing….I was not supposed to have that library job….like you said…something else was waiting for me.
Awaiting the right answer with gratitude…I love how you put that. And I want you to know that I am right there with you believing in that. I can’t wait to hear what is waiting for you!
Deborah….so glad you are feeling better. Wishing you good health and a great adventure with your writing class…that’s very exciting!
Good morning Ursula. I love Fr. Richard Rohr! I have one of his books…it’s called “The Naked Now: Learning to see as the Mystics See”. Did you know that you can get daily meditations from him? Here is the website: email@example.com
I am so happy to hear about your husband’s job…that’s wonderful! I’m wishing him continued blessings in his new workplace.
Have a beautiful day Ursula…let me know how you like Fr. Rohr’s website!
Dear Aine…well once again we are kindred spirits! I have shared that quote from Julian of Norwich many times with different friends and family members. It was even hanging on my refrigerator for awhile when I needed that daily reminder. One of my favorites for sure!
And thank you for the absolutely gorgeous picture from Ansel Adams…my hands-down favorite photographer. I’m sure you know this…..his photographs are mostly from the national parks out west, particularly Yosemite, which we actually visited several years ago….breathtaking.
Hoping you are having a “glorious” day Aine
Aine: The book’s author is J. Philip Newell…you may recognize him? He has written several books on Celtic spirituality. It’s a beautiful book..and yes…I am enamored with the Celtic tradition of prayer for everything! There are some of those “milking the cows” and “laying the fire” prayers in this book.
I haven’t read the book you mentioned but am intrigued by it….I just looked it up on Amazon. Having been bedridden myself with chronic illness (we share that “glory in the grey”) and a retired life-science teacher I think I will put it on my book bucket list!
Thank you Aine~
Good morning Mary….no need to apologize! I always appreciate your encouragement offered in kindness. And sometimes I do need a bullhorn…haha.
I like the idea of reminding each other that we need to take care of ourselves. All of us here are on this journey together…I am so grateful for that as this is the only community I have right now and I am always in my life needing that connection. Like you and Ursula said…”sisters in spirit”.
~Have a blessed day Mary
Good morning dj
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Thank you for your kind words and affirmations Mary. I am working on silencing those self-critical voices. And I have been brought to a place (literally and figuratively) where I can devote more time to self-care. Let’s do it for ourselves together 🙂
~Sending love back to you!
Dear Anna….yes absolutely with help from above! On days when I am feeling sad or weary or anxious…or if the weather is cloudy and dismal, I often will pray “God help me to see the glory in the grey”. I love that little prayer!
Thank you Ursula…I love that movie! My icon is a picture that I took from our backyard overlooking the farmland behind us. I am so blessed and grateful to be living here…after being born and raised in the suburbs, it is so nice to be in farm country in my 60’s!
Aine…thank you so much for sharing this wisdom. I am learning this lesson myself, albeit slowly and not without some stumbling around.
I have a book on Celtic Spirituality called “Listening for the Heartbeat of God.” I’d like to share something from the book that really speaks to me…it’s part of a poetic prayer written by a Celtic mystic named George MacLeod (1895-1991). You have helped me so often and I hope that in some small way this is an encouragement to you….an offering from me to you with love and gratitude.
In all created things you are there
In every friend we have
the sunshine of your presence is shown forth.
In every enemy that seems to cross our path,
You are there within the cloud to challenge us to love.
Show to us the glory in the grey.
It sounds to me like you already have the eyes to see “the glory in the grey” and I am so inspired by that……I will try to do the same.
That means so much to me…really. Reading back over the posts that I have missed over the last few days makes me feel so selfish for not being there for others who, like you, have lifted me up when I needed it.
Thank you for your steadfast companionship as I navigate through this part of my journey….I am so so grateful.
~ I hope you have a bright and beautiful day dear Mary
Welcome dj…this is a very special community. You will find much compassion and acceptance here.
Dear Pilgrim…we had a 60 degree day here too! (Western New Jersey). And despite me having a hard day physically, we managed a short bike ride along the Delaware River. Being on the river is like medicine for me! Afterwards we walked around the little river town and got some frozen yogurt, which helped ease my nausea somewhat.
Anyway…thank you for sharing that…..and your therapeutic crying session as well. I am a believer in the healing power of a good cry.
~Have a blessed day Pilgrim
Dearest Cintia…I almost didn’t visit here this morning. I am so very grateful that I did…your words really touched my heart and inspire me to silence the negative self-talk that is often rattling around in my head. Thank you for being so generous in sharing this with all of us.
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