Humility, Gratitude and Service

Who did you really see and encourage and support today?

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I had the privilege of interviewing someone yesterday. Someone whose childhood was marked by abandonment, abuse and neglect. Someone who coped by making bad choices as a result.

His story was heartbreaking and made me question…

No, it made me wrestle with the whys. Why do people treat other people so horribly? And not just other adults, but children. Children who need a better foundational start at life.

But to be honest, that’s not the part of his story that stuck with me.

What stood out was his gratefulness. For every time someone showed him kindness. Every time someone reached out to help him. Went out of their way to give him hope. Saw him, loved him for who he was, took action to make a difference in his life — and did it all without judging him.

His story reminded me of all the people in my life who were pivotal, who…

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Something beautiful remains

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I just came across this post I had drafted in WordPress a few months ago but somehow failed to post. The sweet poem was shared to me by a colleague, Michelle Esselen, upon hearing of the loss of my mother-in-law, Kitty, back in October.
Of course, it makes sense that the universe would bring me back to this poem months after Kitty’s death to ask me, does something beautiful remain? Memories appear unbeckoned but oh-so-welcome…of her smile, her regular flow of letters, her love of rabbits and a good book, of the yummy treats she’d make like angel food cake and brownies and chocolate chip cookies, of sitting with her in the kitchen or the den, of her loving on her dog, of the gentle worry she seemed to have about our working too hard and maybe not enjoying life enough, of her tender way of referring to us as ‘kids’…
She is alive in my heart, and for that I am immensely grateful.
Something Beautiful Remains
by Martha Vashti Pearson
 “The tide recedes, but leaves behind
Bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down but gentle warmth
Still lingers on the land.The music stops and yet it lingers on
In sweet refrain.
For every joy that passes
Something beautiful remains.”

 

Thank you Michelle Esselen for sharing this beautiful poem with me.

Other posts dedicated to Kitty:

A Prayer for You

Where the clouds end

Some of her favorite things

The sound of quiet

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“The longer I wake on this Earth, the louder the quiet things speak to me. The more I experience and survive, the more I find truth in the commonalities we all share. The more pain softens me, the deeper my joy and the greater the lessons of those things that live in great stillness.”

~Mark Nepo

A beautiful meditation accompanies his writing:

  • Sit quietly and consider your thoughts as leaves and your heart as a tree.
  • Breath slowly, and try to listen to the soil you share with everything.
  • Breath deeply, and meditate on what is oldest in you.

 

* Image courtesy of https://shop.arborday.org/content.aspx?page=tree-nursery

#beintentional challenge

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That completes my #beintentional campaign!

Ah…creating abundant deliciousness day by day…

If you followed along, I’d love to know if your intentions creating something for you.

If you missed the challenge, you can take it any time. Each day includes a question, and image and a quote to support intention.

The 10-day challenge intentions:

 

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#beintentional – Day 10 – Accepting

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For Day 10 of my 10-day personal #beintentional campaign, I’m asking myself:

When today did I observe what was happening with acceptance and without judgment?

 

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To me this does not mean I don’t set high goals and intend great outcomes (I want to be like Pip and have great expectations – rather, it means letting go of having to know what the solution looks like and opening to even more than I can imagine being possible or realizing that the path to the outcome or goal is different than I expected.

See previous intentions:

 

* image courtesy of cloverleafschool

* quote from havingtime.com