Just do it

 

In less than three hours the calendar will turn from the last day of October to the first day of November. As the second moon of the month stands high in the sky, I say goodbye to 62 and welcome my new year. 63!

Who can describe what that feels like? How can you ever know where you will be living or what you will be living through from one birthday to the next?

Ask anyone and they will tell you – I love birthdays! There are many I can list as my favorites, but the ones that stand out the most are the birthdays filled with friends and family. The birthdays where people gather to celebrate with me – celebrate the gift of each year and the grace to live that year to its fullest.

We live in a time when the pressure to conform is pushing hard against us. By the fact that I was born with a disability, I have spent a good part of my life becoming fully me… a person who cannot conform.

Wheelchairs have been designed to raise high, allowing me to sit next to a hospital bed and be seen, as I pray with a patient. In churches, altars have been crafted so I could sit and lead worship services.

I have skied, I have danced, I have snorkeled in the Caribbean and rode on horseback – different than the norm and maybe not always perfectly but my way. My way with an added dose of confidence that only comes through grace.

Doyle’s quote reminds me I am not alone… it is not about being good enough but being willing to try.

Tomorrow I celebrate my 63rd birthday. I will continue on life’s journey – open to new opportunities and remembering that my way is more than enough.


Quote: Glennon Doyle

Connected to all

 

When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.


Quote: Rachel Naomi Remen

Heartbreak and Hope

 

Heartbreak and hope are not mutually exclusive.
We can be angry and sad and filled with longing for something we cannot have,
and simultaneously we can be grateful for what we’ve got — aware,
for reasons we’d never choose, of what really matters and what doesn’t.

 


Quote: Lennon Flowers
Photo: Ansgar Scheffold

from Gratefulness.org

Behold this day

Behold this day, for it is yours to make.


Quote: Black Elk
Photo: Chris Liu Beers

from Gratefulness.org

made of earth and stars

Be humble for you are made of Earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.

 

These are words simple and yet speak to the core of one’s existence.

This is a time when so much has been stripped away. In the clear morning air I sense a connection to some thing greater than life’s hours filled with longing and distraction. 

May you find such a connection. May it renew and encourage you.


Quote: SERBIAN PROVERB

from Gratefulness