I truly do have everything I am suppose to have for joy and comfort and love. I have enough space; enough friends; enough purpose; enough time; It is enough. I am honored by it all. I am grateful for it all.
So many. Where do I start. I think first about my teachers- Mrs. Belch, Mrs. Carson and Mrs. Maynard- ethics, doing your best, trusting me, believing in me. My professional colleagues- John, Carolyn, Kristi, Rick- ethics, dedication, compassion. My parents- ethics, trust, believing in me. I think about my spiritual guides- John, Iris, Eyde- all giving me a glimpse of the greatest story on earth and in Heaven.
What new adventure is in store? How will my garden grow into its true sanctuary? Will I lose any dear family this year?
Uncertainty allows us to know what we don’t know and to continue the journey to find out. It allows us a chance to delve deeply into our souls and come up for air and figure out that everything will eventually be ok. The opposite of fear is trust. The opposite of uncertainty is faith.
What really matters to me is health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit. I want that to matter to everyone and to want to pursue a life of health, vitality, abundance. It matters to me the clean food I eat and the scenery I have before me and the choices I need to make everyday that fulfill my purpose. God matters to me and my relationship to Him and with Him.
My dad for sure. The way he faced his cancer diagnosis towards the end of his life; how he did everything possible to have more time with mom. My mom had great courage in her ten year journey with Alzheimer’s. She often said she could do anything because it was only temporary. She was still teaching me life lessons even at the end of her days. Courage is not an abstract concept. It is how life is faced everyday.
I have no limits, so therefore I have no limiting beliefs I have been there, done that in my “Other Life”- you know, that life that used to be until I found my mojo, my voice, my centered being and soul. .
This sense of peace, awareness, being present to yourself is not rocket science. It is within us all. The here and now IS the here and now. No more, no less. We merely make the choice.
To myself in great reverence. I can wholeheartedly forgive myself; feel peace; look at each item I touch today and decide on its power of joy. I can give myself to the scriptures that I have been asked to lead the group about tonight; to the sermon class.
The rain, the trees budding, first light.
That what I may do or say may actually effect someone or make a difference in their day. Scripture tells us that the power of words is truly our super-power as human beings. We must be careful. My perspective is that everything will be ok. Let the process run, be patient, be prayerful, wait with anticipation that all will be well. Have hope, always hope.
No matter what- sit down, settle down, settle for nothing less, be quiet and breathe. each day has its’ own value, tempo, purpose- not that we will always understand it but there it is. No matter where you go, there you are; be where you are and live the minute by minute.
My love for the world and of the world comes when I’m out in the world- hiking, climbing, skiing, walking. It’s a all about nature. It’s an over whelming feeling of my smallness against the vastness. How big is the sky anyway? How far can I see? I love the fresh smell of the out world.
The very idea that I could learn something new- meet someone interesting; share my story to help another; see some incredibly fantastic place I’ve never seen before over and over and over again. If I am breathing, I am curious.
This day I would choose to be one of the “helpers” that someone would look for in their day. I choose to be the daughter of Dave and Gladys, determined, honest, ethical, on time, thinking ahead. When people say “I choose to be me” just exactly who is that? what part of you is it? How do we define ourselves? we all have perceptions of who we think we are but when others look at us- who do they see? What do they feel from us?
Over thinking and over organizing are my worst enemies. I have no fear of failure anymore. I learned that is where I learn the best. The opposite of fear is trust. Maybe I just need to trust more. I believe I know what matters on a daily basis and what matters for the future and I strive to create the goals and steps and processes that will get me there.
I think of how Kerry ended our long and wonderful friendship . She seemed to have this expectation that I should just “have known” what she was going through (or had been through) but she did not extend the courtesy of actually sharing that with me. I was suppose to be a trusted friend but yet, she could not trust herself enough to tell me she had been sexually assaulted. I could have/would have extended love, support and gratitude to her and claimed my enduring friendship but she...
I think of how Kerry ended our long and wonderful friendship . She seemed to have this expectation that I should just “have known” what she was going through (or had been through) but she did not extend the courtesy of actually sharing that with me. I was suppose to be a trusted friend but yet, she could not trust herself enough to tell me she had been sexually assaulted. I could have/would have extended love, support and gratitude to her and claimed my enduring friendship but she made it clear that her rejection of me was paramount to her. So, done is done. I am still very sad. There was no right or wrong actions in this event, only the lack of trust to share the burden with a friend. I have days when I would love to talk with her but it will never be the same. I had moved 2300 miles away before all this happened, so the distance made it doubly hurtful for me.
No matter what happens in my day or in the world at large, I always have the hope for the goodness of people; the beauty of the landscape and what I hold dear in my heart. I choose joy. I choose to see the “better-ness” of as much as possible. I have eliminated the distractions in life (TV, radio, newspapers, etc) that would pull me away..
The experiences that spoke to me that I was needed, could make all the difference; and would have to use all my God given talents, gifts and skills. It would seem that my life experiences have always been about being the “dolphin”- the one that comes along side and does not leave. I have been there for my friends, my parents in their winter years, my brother and sister-in-law in their declining years and health issues; been there for those in loss. I have lived into my name R...
The experiences that spoke to me that I was needed, could make all the difference; and would have to use all my God given talents, gifts and skills. It would seem that my life experiences have always been about being the “dolphin”- the one that comes along side and does not leave. I have been there for my friends, my parents in their winter years, my brother and sister-in-law in their declining years and health issues; been there for those in loss. I have lived into my name “helper of mankind” with grace and ease, never questioning what I was to do in that moment. It’s all eventually been a good thing. I understand where I stand and belong in the unoverse.
Thank you for that perspective. I believe that when we each can take that little “quarter turn” to try and see a situation from a different angle, it can start to become a bit clearer what we can and should do to bridge the gap.
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