Hello my friends, I’m sorry to have been absent from you all. Sadly, my father has passed away and my days have been taken up with family and preparing for his funeral which is ongoing. I am feeling at the moment that there is little time for grieving or for focusing fully on living gratefully although, even in losing him, there has been much to be grateful for. I just wanted to drop in briefly to let you know why I’m not posting. I will call in as often as I can as I know it ...
Hello my friends, I’m sorry to have been absent from you all. Sadly, my father has passed away and my days have been taken up with family and preparing for his funeral which is ongoing. I am feeling at the moment that there is little time for grieving or for focusing fully on living gratefully although, even in losing him, there has been much to be grateful for. I just wanted to drop in briefly to let you know why I’m not posting. I will call in as often as I can as I know it will do me good but I don’t know if I will have the opportunity to contribute to everyone’s threads for a while yet. With blessings and gratitude 🙏❤️️
Good evening dear friends,Here is the beginning of a message I wrote this morning.
“Life feels particularly challenging right now. There are some good things mixed in with the less good but it all feels a little overwhelming, trying to hold everything in my heart, trying to live in gratefulness when sorrow, worry and uncertainty are such prominent companions. I remember Holly commenting not long after I arrived here that life is very rich. I love to think of life in that way now, but...
“Life feels particularly challenging right now. There are some good things mixed in with the less good but it all feels a little overwhelming, trying to hold everything in my heart, trying to live in gratefulness when sorrow, worry and uncertainty are such prominent companions. I remember Holly commenting not long after I arrived here that life is very rich. I love to think of life in that way now, but at the moment the richness is difficult to bear. Life is too rich for comfort. Life is painful. Everything is so uncertain; I am acutely aware that I have little control over what happens. I have commitments to various good things, pleasurable things, things I have looked forward to and I shall continue to work towards them. But it is hard to embrace them with an open and grateful heart alongside the immediate worry and sadness.”
I wrote a great deal more than this, knowing it was too long to post, tinkering with it in my head trying to carve out just what I needed to say. And then I let it go.
The day has passed quietly but productively and as I sit down again at the keyboard I realise I have found peace by putting one foot in front of the other, by focusing on just one step at a time. I have found peace through attending to the simplest things. A clean kitchen floor, a meal simmering on the hob. A candle. A cat.
Peace is outside too, in the lingering autumn colours and the calls of the birds as they settle to their rest. I have come to understand that rather to my surprise I am learning to Trust Life.
I know these serene and peaceful moments cannot last. But I can enjoy them and appreciate them while they are here. I hope each of you can find such moments too. Thank you for listening 🙏
Alicia, thank you 😊🙏
Such a small world! I live a few miles from Polperro and just a stone’s throw from Bodinnick where a ferry takes me across the estuary to Fowey! I may have walked that very part of the coastal path! And Vancouver? Who knows but it’s always a possibility 😊
Thank you so much, Pilgrim, your support means a great deal 🙏
Yes, I am finding similar things. The site regularly gives an error and time out message. As Holly suggests, it seems to be a server problem. But hello Mica! I hope you are well 🙂
I love it too! 🌳
Thank you too, Elaine. I appreciate your support. I am in Cornwall – in the beautiful but rainy south west of England. Vancouver has always been high on my list of places to see. It may still happen, who knows! Meanwhile, I’m wondering which one of us lives in the more rainier place!
Thank you, ch, for listening and responding. I am still feeling peaceful on this new morning. I hope you are too 🙏
Hello dear Anna, I’m so glad it helped you too. It certainly helped me, knowing I was putting my thoughts and feelings into a safe and compassionate space where friends would hear me. Your words here are helping me too. Everything has its time, every person has their time, and everything shall pass. All we can do, is embrace the miracle of life – and Love ❤️️
Holly, thank you 😊❤️️ You know, it felt very much like I was sitting across the table for you all for much of yesterday. Just turning things over in my mind, thinking on how you all would react in similar circumstances. And it helped a lot. I found the answer I needed 😊 Today is a whole new day. We’ll see what unfolds. Thank you for being there, sitting at the kitchen table ❤️️
Thank you, Mary, as mine is with you. I read your reply to the question about patience and learned of your mother’s illness. There are parallels to our situations. Wishing you strength and patience 🙏
Thank you for sharing this inspiring story Sunnipatti. May your brave new business thrive for years to come! ❤️️
That is very good news Cintia. I am happy for you 🤗
Ah Holly, what a great story and especially with its happy ending! Well done to Fishy! 😊
Ose, I am having a difficult day today too. (I may post about it later) I hope the fog clears for you soon ❤️️
Oh gosh! Well I hope it’s holed up somewhere safe in town then! I am joining you in wishing it amnesty!
Oh Holly, this made me smile! I hope it’s well out of town by now! 😂
Cintia, I’m sorry this has happened. I can understand the emotions you are feeling. It would worry me too and like you, I would wonder what I’d done wrong. Is it possible this is an oversight or a slip in the procedures by which you are paid? As others have said, it does seem right that you make enquiries. There may be a simple explanation. I do hope the situation is resolved quickly and your peace of mind is restored. Sending warm wishes and strength, Cintia ❤️️
Mike, I think this autumn is one of the most beautiful I can remember here. Every day brings something new. Such blessings. It’s good to have your posts to read again now that you’re feeling better 🙏
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