At 2 weeks old weighing 3.5 pounds.
Thriving through love and faith. Lessons for today.
A journey resumes. The pain in my neck and shoulder remind me of the stress living in today’s world with a house full of teens. When I was a teen, I thought I knew the way too. It is difficult to guide and create structure and watch our children stumble, fall and get in too deep. It is often heart breaking. Truth be told, I eat to stuff the pain.
Approaching the brilliant twilight of my life, I can no longer afford to put off taking care of myself. I cope with stress through words; putting them to paper and escaping through the pages of others’ imaginations. It is not enough to sustain my sanity.
Stepping out the door early this morning my daughter remarked, “Mum, I can smell the sea.” Taking walks along the ocean’s edge, the salt air gently brings me to life. I must resume this practice. Here my eyes become clear and all the bounties in my life are revealed. Each step brings me closer to peace amidst a world that is sometimes hard to take.
I cannot do this alone. I pray for strength, guidance and wisdom. Gratefully, I have a healthcare provider who listens; one who knows me so well that she can talk frankly about my challenging journey.
Borrowing from a musical line, “I will survive.” I don’t want to just exist in survival mode. I want to thrive continuing to discover, grow and move about this world in awe and wonder.