with our dear Mother, during the last few weeks. I now have a few moments to reflect
on it all. She is still with us, however, her days are becoming fewer.
But, as with all times of sorrow and times of joy, life lessons abound.
I have been overwhelmed with the kindness, love, and care that others have blessed
us with. I have drawn my own conclusions from these heartwarming gifts.
If I feel a gentle nudge to send an email, a text, a card, or a make a visit, do it!
Whatever form that nudge may take, do not ignore it. I have in my past. There have
been times in my life when I knew someone what going through an extremely
difficult, or painful, or lonely journey, and I clearly felt that nudge, and I spent
time talking myself out of it, perhaps with thoughts like;
They probably are already overwhelmed from other's gestures.
I am sure I would not know the correct words to write.
I just don't have the time.
What would they think if "I" sent them something, or dropped off something,
especially if I didn't know them well.
Believe it or not, I have used each of these excuses already in my life.
Not anymore though.
Not after my last few weeks.
No, now it won't happen.
You know why?
Because I have learned just how very special an unexpected text, email, phone call,
card in the mailbox, which might even include a teabag, a container of homemade or store bought soup, fresh flowers, an iced coffee drink, fresh fruit,
cookies can be.
All, are ways that can lift one's spirits, and lighten one's load.
I know. I've learned on a first hand basis.
I can't possibly do it for everyone in my life, but, when I feel those gentle nudgings,
I will no longer ignore them, or excuse them away.
The gift of time with those you love, has got to be my favorite of blessings.
I had that this Thanksgiving. I had my family with me. We celebrated Christmas
together, because we knew it would not happen in December.
We celebrated with joy, all the while holding an underlying sadness
in our hearts, knowing that it would only be a matter of time that we said
our "goodbyes" to our Mother and Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.
I close this post, by sharing this reminder from my heart. Whatever you are prompted to
do for others, do it, on your life journey. I promise you, that no matter how small it may be,
it will make a huge difference in another's life. We all need each other. Thank you to
each and everyone of you, for sharing your heart gifts with me during these last few
weeks. What a blessing you all are!
And, sometimes a sweet little smile from a good friend's little girl, is the way one's spirits
can be lifted the highest. In between the tears, I still find moments of joy.
I pray that it lifts your spirits also, today.
Thank you for stopping by, and for not forgetting that I still have a blog;).