Digital art by Jennifer Woodward
This month of November has been a challenge for me. However, I’ve learned a lot of good things about myself along the way. One being that I still have the ability to organize, and multitask in a short amount of time. I honestly am not sure I could have handled this if not for the people in my life who remind me what I need to know when I can’t see it for myself. It has been a true practice of putting into affect what I believe, live by, and share in my daily postings. My most importantly task has been making sure my grandchildren each have their gifts to open on Christmas Eve. Why all this fuse? Because I’m going in for knee replacement surgery this Tuesday, and I’ll be kind of limited as to what I can do for a while.
One of the best helps through all the shopping, our vacation and thanksgiving has been a book my friend JoAnn has shared with me called “Preparing for Surgery, Heal Faster,” by Peggy Huddleston. It comes with a meditation CD that I’ve listened to twice a day for the past month. It has given me the physical, emotional, and spiritual encouragement to do what I’ve needed to up to this point.
Now that the time is approaching and there is not much left to distract me. The reality of my surgery comes swooping into my psyche. I’m not going to pretend that there isn’t a bit of fear and apprehension. However, the practice I’ve had this month keeping my stress level at bay is helping me to change my thoughts from fear to faith as I focus on the quality of life this procedure will provide for me.
One of the last things the book encourages me to do is asking for others to pray and think positively for me especially on Tuesday. All that wonderful prayerful positive energy gathered together the last time I had surgery truly made me feel peaceful going into it. I greatly appreciate it in advance. I end this post with the positive words of a friend from my last surgery, “I’ll see you on the other side of this.” 🙏
Today I was reading several different gratitude quotes. Which should I use to express what it means to me? They are all great messages, but didn’t quite say what it’s taught me in my own life. So I’m writing my own.
“Gratitude is the medicine,
That brought healing to my broken heart.
That mended my painful wounds.
That cleared away my foggy mind.
That brought clarity into focus.
That opened my eyes once again.
That revealed all the good,
That over-shadowed all my saddness.
That brought me back to life.
And for that I will forever be full
Of thankfulness and gratitude!
Today’s reading talked about “enthusiasm.” I learned a new word I’ve never used before ‘etymology.’ It’s not a definition for a word but an explanation of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2000 years ago. So I learned that the etymology of the Greek word “enthusiasm” literally means the breathing of the divine within.
“So when we are enthused, we are breathing spirit into what we do from the breath of our divine nature.” -Rev. Katherine Saux
What a great lesson to learn at the start of our holiday season. To be excited and enthused means we have to choose to embrace it rather then simple seeing all the work that it entails. All the hustle & bustle becomes fun the way it’s meant to be. Remembering the reason for the season, it’s all about giving, touching and loving one another.
The beauty that comes from our enthusiasm is the joy it creates in our selfless giving. Yet what we give of ourselves always comes back to us. It’s the gift that never stops giving. How can we go wrong when we’re breathing in the divine with each enthusiastic thing we do. I know from my own experience that it’s a life changing gift to receive. All we have to do is choose this instead of that. The question we need to ask ourselves is, why would you want to experience anything less?
Yesterday I talked about resistance. Today I’m focused on going with the flow. It reminds me of when I went white water rafting with my family. How the river pulled us along its current. I remember thinking how hard it would be to try to paddle against it. It would be an endless struggle going against its resistance. As we floated along there were lots of obstacles in the way that we had to work our way around. If we lost our focus it would have been easy to get stuck. That’s when panic and fear can set in causing us to easily become disoriented. Thank goodness we had helpers floating around us who could get us unstuck.
Real life is this way. We can be floating along going with the current of life. Than suddenly we get stuck by the obstacles that get in our way. Confusion sets in. We find ourselves resisting the direction we need to go. Fear comes into play, followed by disillusionment and we become disoriented. There is no one to help us get unstuck. Even with God’s help we can’t become unstuck until we are willing to let go of that which stands in our way.
As I prepare for Thanksgiving day instead of focusing on all the work there is to do, and what comes after this holiday. Remembering the people I love and how thankful I am to have them in my life reminds me what Thanksgiving is all about in the first place. Being in the flow of all I have to be grateful for keeps me centered and focused on the direction I’m going.
Wow! It’s a whole lot easier to float along the current of love. I’m also finding it to be a lot more fun!
Resistance- the refusal to accept or comply with something. There are many definitions of the word resistance. What I’m talking about today is the resistance we experience when we know we need to do a certain thing, but we keep finding excuses not to do it. The harder we have to work at resisting something, is usually an indication of how important the very thing is that we’re resisting.
Why do I resist what I know is the best thing for me to do?
• Sometimes it’s scary to take a step toward the unknown.
• Change means I have to get out of my comfort zone too. Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow.
• What if I fail?
• What if I’m listening to the wrong voice inside, and I’m not really supposed to do it?
When I’m in this place of resistance, I am not myself. I get miserable, depressed, agitated and unable to express myself. It’s as if I’ve been cut in half like a worm still able to function but not with all my working parts. It’s hard to find the clarity I need to put myself back together. My ego is happy in this state of mind because it’s in charge leading the way. To where? I doesn’t even know or care, but in the state of resistance, confusion is created where clarity can’t be found. It takes a lot of effort to get to that place of mindfulness where I am able to put myself back together. When the real me stands up, I know I am back home where I belong with my mind, body and soul working together as one.
It is than that I am always in ah as to how I could have falling into such a place of discontent. Why would I want to be anywhere else but in this place of clarity and understanding. But then I realize each time I become lost, it is another opportunity to find my way back, and as I do, I learn so many new lessons along the way that create a deeper understanding. Resistance is just another way of teaching me the difference between who I really am, and who I am not.
Sometimes you just have to let someone else’s voice speak for you because they say so clearly what you can’t find the words to say for yourself.
Thank Maya Angelou for the wonderful wisdom you left behind.
Thanks for being a part of my life today!
Today I closed my eyes,
And my body ascended into the sky.
I felt light
as if gliding on a cloud.
As I leaned
looking over the side
I saw patch work
sewn with quilted hands.
planted upon the land.
God whispered in my ear
isn’t it simply grand?
there’s no place I’d rather be.
Than floating across the sky’s
It’s like being in heaven…
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Today I choose good health, positive thinking, joy, happiness and the love of God who makes all things possible.