Sometimes gratefulness doesn’t come easily & so we need a reminder of its importance….just a gentle nudge. Intellectually we know there is an abundance of goodness at our fingertips & when life gets in the way, pulling us down, we need to seek out the beauty.
Today’s lesson: show up with your whole self. Bring it!! God created an amazingly unique being so share her with the world.
One of the treasures of getting older is that the bank of memories is overflowing! I’ve been drawn to intimate family gatherings & special trips that expanded my world view & connected me to nature. I’m visiting a lot of camping memories as of late & having a ball! So much fun & love…..
Although the Psalms have been around for many moons, I’ve recently become connected to them in a way that is very personal & meaningful. I’ve been meditating on verses & the words are impacting my daily life. They are treasures💚
There are some special people in my life who are experiencing great discomfort~ some from lingering Covid symptoms, some from the distress of social distance parameters & others because life is hard. I can check in w/ them just to say “Hey there🙂” & remind them of how beautiful they are.
A few years ago I “demoted” myself. I was a program manager for 5 programs & it was a great job. However, I didn’t become a social worker to crunch numbers & sit in endless tedious meetings. Being w/ “the people” feeds me like nothing else. So, I am back in the trenches where all the meaningful action happens! It’s been amazing & I’ve never regretted the decision.
Keep my senses alert in order to capture the magic of each day. It’s so easy to just “plug along”~that’s been a constant feeling since the pandemic. I’ve missed so many opportunities to notice the intricacies of life. So, I’m going to open those avenues & enrich my life.
This is the most profound insight: Embrace it all, girl. Every doldrum feeling, cleaning the cat pan, getting yelled at by an angry, troubled person, sitting in a traffic jam, missing the touch of my people something fierce. Feel it all, let it course through your veins & embrace it.
Happy New Year, y’all!!
I’ve learned that if I had to live the rest of my days in a pandemic it would be very difficult & I would struggle mightily but I still have deep love, faith & hope. Those are big ticket items…..I have to work at cultivating them but they are a part of me & they sustain me daily.
I’m incredibly fortunate to have several people who can invariably rekindle my inner light: 2 friends, my sweetheart, my priest & my mom are at the top of the list. They have beautiful inner light & when they share with me I feel safe & loved. Sometimes my light is on fire, burning so bright w/ passion & ferocious love for this world. I extend my light to them during those times. It’s reciprocal love….❤️
I’ve learned that I have everything I need. All of the amazing “extras” that have been a part of my life for so long are sustaining me through these dark days. I’ve spent a healthy chunk of time reconnecting with my inner self & inviting the Holy Spirit to do her thing. It’s been transformative!
Seize it, girl!
Thanks, Michele. I’ve never used the candle feature & you have promoted me to do that today.
Happy New Year, Holly!
And the secret sauce is sooo delicious!
Happy New Year, Howie🙂
A taste for melancholy~what a beautiful phrase. You’re vulnerable in your writing, Howie. It’s such a gift💚
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