Love deeply. Laugh. Cry. Talk to God. Be realistic about the to-do list. Stay in touch. Hug. Dream. Smile. Break Bread often with Family. Spend Time with your Girlfriends. Shop til you Drop! Extend Grace. Be Quick to Forgive and Slow to Anger. Walk. Breathe. Sing. Dance. Read. Eat Chocolate. Savor a Good Glass of Wine. Wiggle your Toes. Sleep well. Life is Good!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reflective Blessings . . .

"Breathe in God.
Breathe out everything else."
- Ardith Goodwin

I've heard my friend, Ardith, say this many times.  This morning I actually tried to do it.  It happened quite unexpectedly.  I'm grateful for the Lamaze classes my husband and I took before the birth of our youngest daughter.  Those breathing exercises have gotten me thru quite a bit of physical pain the last few months, especially the last couple of weeks.  But this morning was different.  While focusing on breathing deeply, the phrase crossed my mind.  I found myself  breathing in gratitude for my blessings, for strength, for healing, and breathing out the pain, the fatigue, the weakness.  I found myself more determined to walk the path of discipline it will take to recover.  I found myself in tears.  There are few I share this struggle with.  To those, I say, thank you for your patience, your encouragement and your shoulder  when I occasionally reach pity party phases.  And, thank God for those little things.  Especially the positive, kind things others say that come back to the surface of your mind when you need them most.  I thank God for that still small voice of grace.  Life is good.  Giving it my all ... and then some ... one day at a time.  Be Blessed!

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