I wrote this post a few weeks ago. We've just finished watching my daughter Kristy participate in a triathlon in St. Pete's Fl. We'll leave for our cottage in Northern Michigan on Tuesday where I hope to catch up on reading and commenting on all of your wonderful posts!
"It is not so difficult to develop a loving attitude toward yourself and others. Rather than searching for shortcomings, love watches for any sign of light and strength. It sees how far each one has come, not how far he has to go." George Elliot
Hubs and I are going to be visiting friends and family for the next few weeks. The time will be filled with both magic and challenging moments because my family, friends and I are weird, not-normal, as-is, and imperfectly perfect. Isn't everyone?
We don't pretend to be who we are not. Knowing this I go prepared. I'm taking an extra suitcase filled with tools for the journey.
"Either we're pulling together or we're pulling apart. There's really no in-between." Kobi Yamada
Tools for my journey:
Love and Acceptance
I'm leaving all expectations at home.We all have a yearning to connect, to love and to be loved. I plan to connect with encouragement, affection and delight.
I'm going to journal happy moments and memories every evening. I'll express my gratitude for everyday miracles…the juice of an orange, coffee at my favorite place, gas and a rental car.
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." Native American Saying
If I'm upset I'll work through my projections by expressing my feelings and emotions on paper. There is no need to upset anyone about "my stuff."
"I've always preferred having wings to having things." Pat Schroeder
My Fun Meter
My fun meter will be running. I'm going to walk the beach. I'll visit my sister and my mom. I've packed my running shoes and will go to Reeds Lake for my old 4 mile route.
My grandson Henri is 16 months, he has learned to walk and talk since I've seen him. We'll sing songs and play games.
We'll watch a daughter participate in a triathlon and catch a my grandson's baseball game.
I see my family and friends filled with love.
I express love through my thoughts, words and actions.
I open my life to unlimited fun and new experiences.
I invite you to celebrate your world today. Celebrate life at home, at work and in your interactions with others. Celebrate today in faith, joy and peace!
"Leave your story better than you found it." M.H. Ward
What tools do you pack for your journey through life?