2015: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

I'm stepping out of my normal boundaries today to share some thoughts on my roller coaster ride of 2015. As Charles Dickens wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

  1. The greatest acts of service are the ones we know nothing about... I am wired to serve. But now the roles are reversed. There is a small army of do-gooders who are quietly handling issues that would upset me and preventing important things from falling through the cracks. There is no way I will ever be able to know and thank each person. That is the true definition of service.
  2. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres - imagine having a husband of 9 months clean your surgery drains, and with all sincerity look at your mutilated body and utter, " you are my beautiful treasure."
  3. There is a difference between Joy and Happiness- I have had very little happiness this year but I have been overwhelmed with joy. "Happiness is smiling when the sun is out. Joy is dancing in the rain."
  4. Bold prayers work - The night before the surgery my doctor told me his team prays over the patient before the surgery begins and he quite humbly asked that we do the same for him. My friends who are far away and "only" able to pray have sustained me. When I have only enough strength to simply stare into space I am still able to do the same for them. This keeps me connected and away from falling into a dark pit of evil.  "Help. Thanks. Wow. " - The 3 basic prayers as defined by Anne Lamott - or in my lexicon, I am here, I am humble, I am hopeful.

I thank you all for your support of this site and my work.  I wish you a 2016 filled with Joy and Victory. 

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