Caregiving

Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.

I send this out tonight in gratitude for the caregivers among us, some visible to the eye and some who remain unseen and unknown. Through their hands our Love is extended in times when we cannot be present.

So many people have experienced this surrender of care, as we live in the time of invisible viruses. Throughout this country and around the world people are depending on the compassion and acute attention of caregivers. We remain separated yet those who attend to our loved ones are the bridge between us, the connection that binds us together.

May they know our respect and gratitude in this most unusual time — and always. May they be protected, while enveloped in the mist of this sickness. May we continue to find ways to honor their work in our thoughts and our deeds.


Quote: Tia Walker
Photo: Matheus Ferrero

from Gratefuness.org

All moments

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness…because in the last analysis all moments are key moments and life itself is grace.

 


Quote: Frederick Buechner.   

a Mother’s Day reflection–take nothing for granted

Grateful living helps us to unleash our most generous selves
as we practice taking nothing and no one for granted.

Each year I am always happy to come to this 2nd Sunday in May. Mother’s Day has, for many years, been filled with moments of celebration. Each year my mother and I have come together for this day to enjoy its gift of memories and our life today.

Living in the same town, we have spent the last few years choosing her favorite place to eat and gathering with other family members to be with one another and honor her. 

This year is so different. 

Today, each of us sit in our own homes. Unable to share a common table or touch one another in love and gratitude. Half of our family meets the criteria for high risk in this time of the invisible virus. For two and a half months we have lived in the same town and only seen each other through Zoom or FaceTime. There have been many conversations concerning our safety and health. We have shared memories and laughter. 

There are times that this way of being is almost beginning to feel normal.

Today is Mother’s Day. A day to remember the unique ways each of our mothers raised us and to note where their influence is reflected in our own lives. I continue to be grateful and take nothing for granted. Our time is precious. More aware of this now, I celebrate and offer thanks for the gift of each moment.

Living like this does take practice. The practice of grateful living infuses energy – reminding us to pay attention to the details around us and the people in our lives.


Quote: Kristi Nelson
Image: Dave Mills