As a poet, my immediate response was “through my work, ” but the larger answer is, by being, living and writing as authentically as possible.
My mother, my sister Gale, the animals in my life, various friends, and my doctor (who is not particularly personable and who I am not even sure I like) for reasons that will remain private. But believe me, answers to prayers can come from unlikely sources!
Past experience, I thought sourly as I read this question. Then I read Kevin’s response (“I am already living an extraordinary life!”) and I thought: what a better attitude! And I am! Why is it so much easier to remember our failures than our successes? I’ve done a LOT to be proud of, and I have so much. A shift in attitude is all it takes to have an amazing life available.
I loved reading all the responses. When it comes down to it, people who love me, people I love. The beauty I have had the privilege to partake of. The books and art I have loved. Animals I have loved. May all these memories be a beautiful quilt I can sink into when I am ready to leave this world.
GCharlotte, Butterfly, Pilgrim, Michele, Christina and Kevin. I just read your responses (all earlier than this of course). I feel I am in the presence of a lot of sincere effort, strength and courage. That’s all I need or want to say today.
Small acts of kindness and courage matter tremendously. Speaking out even if your voice is shaking matters tremendously. If you have an issue with someonel, address that person directly. God loves you. You will never be perfect & you will fail daily. God knows and loves you anyway.
As usual, a lovely bouquet of responses! These past weeks, I’ve paid special attention to prayer & meditation am and pm and I think it’s helping. I don’t meditate (that sounds too grand a word for what I do) for long, 5-10 minutes. And I have been writing poetry after a long hiatus. And all the usual miracles: trees, flowers, music, my cat, Lilly. Netflix. (Only half-joking with that last one!)
Thank you, this question is precisely what I needed to remind myself not to obsess over what a troll wrote on Facebook, but to let it go and above all, not engage! Friends, why is it so hard to let go of ugly mean-hearted insults that thinking about only makes me miserable? How do YOU let go of such stuff?
To add to this wonderful list: I value my health. I take “investment” to mean a caring for, a stewardship, and I do take measures every day to maintain this precious health (knowing well that there are no guarantees in life).
Thank you, Shelia, your words mean so much.
Tom, we all stray from the path of our true self. Thank you being honest enough to admit it!
Kevin, your responses are always so positive that I continually forget that you deal with chronic pain. I am so very sorry you have this heavy burden, but what a lesson for me.
Carla thank you for this enlightening, wise and beautifully humble and brave post.
Good for you, Hot Sauce!
Wow, Antoinette, just reading this now, July 26. Your words leave me speechless (well, almost). Their poignancy, raw honesty, courage…..just wow. Thank you. I am so sorry about your father, who sounds like an amazing man. You sound amazing too.
What beautiful thoughts, Carla.
God bless you, Sheila, for this wonderful post.
I think “be true to who you are” is at the heart of every wisdom tradition…or if it isn’t, it should be!
Thank you so much Sheila, such wise words. I will try this (although it’s hard!).
What lovely and rich response, JennaMae! I second it.
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