Daily Journey by Grace to grow in Gratitude & pass it on
There is breathe in my lungs as I awoke this morning; so I’m alive for another day. I am a Beloved child of my Creator. And I have no idea how the day will unfold.
In Jan. of 2015, I ran into a friend who unexpectedly, spontaneously & gleefully said “I’ve been looking for you!” at a community meal. I experienced a depth of joy I’ve never known before, nor found since then. It taught me what Joy in my heart & soul could feel like. We enjoyed a mutually nurturing friendship for two years until unforeseen health challenges for both of us & a non supportive family member created a barricade. Joy still happens in my life & I try to nu...
In Jan. of 2015, I ran into a friend who unexpectedly, spontaneously & gleefully said “I’ve been looking for you!” at a community meal. I experienced a depth of joy I’ve never known before, nor found since then. It taught me what Joy in my heart & soul could feel like. We enjoyed a mutually nurturing friendship for two years until unforeseen health challenges for both of us & a non supportive family member created a barricade. Joy still happens in my life & I try to nurture it by seeing with the eyes of a child-looking for the simple gifts of delight-falling snow, an opening flower, seeing animal shapes in clouds.
Today I saw the orthopedic surgeon regarding my right knee & he “signed off” of it needing more care or observation. Surgery was a year ago. “Come back in 5 & 10 more years…” I never imagined hearing those words. I know of many who have complications with infections & bodily rejections & I’m very grateful that healing has happened & I continue to feel my knee grow in strength & stamina.
I too, as shared by several posts, listen to the other(s) I converse with. As I work with multicultural communities, I would add that I add a language interpreter by phone, rather than guess what’s needed or being said. Mutually we are both “heard”; I follow through what’s needed as best I can. (Today I head back to work post knee surgery 2 months ago). Am Grateful for healing.
Upon awakening, whether it’s the middle of the night responding to bodily needs or at dawn, to thank the Creator for a new day of living, loving & learning, asking to be of service to others. This practice begins a daily celebration of receiving life. Some days I may only have 51% to give, those days. I act as if. I know I am the recipient of this Life not the Giver of Life.
I’ve learned I can’t “fall back” into old ways of doing what I did in the past, including acting a martyr or victim of the challenge or circumstance. Broadening & deepening my connection with the God of my understanding has led me to be more direct in verbal responses & take action sooner than later.
Freshly fallen snow brings out a sense of wonder as I watch how wind draped snow delicately falls over fences; wraps itself around barren tree limbs; outlines stop signs & much more. My city in Minnesota just got 7.8 inches. I’m in awe & there’s lots to wonder. I’m grateful
I will celebrate 9 people that I’ve come to know these past 9+ months as we’re participating in a strategic planning team for my parish faith community together. I’m grateful to work with them 5 hours a month & am in awe of our cohesion and lack of divisiveness . We have a meeting today & via notes to each of them will express my thanks.
As my morning begins, enjoying a hot cup of tea with prayer & meditation time. Out & about amongst nature & time spent listening to friends share their journey. A new found joy this winter is resting warmly under a down comforter.
Led by Grace, with Tenacity & Willingness to share my gift(s) with others.
I’ve learned to pause & ask Sophia for guidance prior to verbally responding. Sometimes there’s positive action(s) I can take to mitigate the issue.
This weekend I’ve started my thanksgiving notes to a number of friends far away & near by. It’s a Tradition I started a few years ago; a simple way to express gratitude & love.
I’m attending a funeral today, as I value offering support for those who are grieving & experiencing loss.
I begin to hear the in & out of my breathe; then it grows from the “ahh” to “a”.
Alicia, know that I too extend my condolences to you, your brother’s family & the circle of lives he touched. May you safeguard your health as you continue to heal, and walk though your grief & loss of a sibling. You’re in my prayers.
Continuing to keeping you (& others) in my thoughts & prayers during this healing time.
Ose, I’ve never heard this artist or song-quite powerful! Blessings to you dear friend for passing it on to us. It’s been reflective to listen to it at the end of a long day of nostalgia, family & friends & memories of holidays past.
Anna, it’s beautiful! Thanks for posting
Alicia, you will be held in prayer as you prepare for surgery, during it & as you recover & rehab. May you know the Divine Physician will guide your medical providers; May radiant white healing light continue to surround you, dissipating any fears & protect you. Blessings on you & your family!
Thank you sparrow. (Many of my friends are quite neutral or non observant of Christmas. These notes convey my appreciation they’re in my life.)
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