My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Reflecting

We have begun to read a book that is full of tender messages:  My Grandfather's Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.    This book was into my  heart before we started.  I loved this book simply because I had connected with my father on him telling me about this book.  Life.  Connections.  Relationships.  Blessings.  

Page 17:

Most of us have been given many more blessings than we have received.  We do not take time to be blessed or make the space for it.  We may have filled our lives so full of other things that we have no room to receive our blessings.  One of my patients once told me that she has an image of us all being circled by our blessings, sometimes for years, like airplanes in a holding pattern at an airport, stacked up with no place to land.  Waiting for a moment of our time, our attention.

Page 27:

...life might be easier then but far less genuine.  Perhaps the wisdom lies in engaging the life you have been given as fully and courageously as possible and not letting go until you find the unknown blessing that is in everything.

Contemplating for an evening of sharing with other ladies and this last paragraph hit me.  Rising Above Adversity is the requested topic tonight.   Is blindness an adversity?  Some moments, YES!  Mostly, however, I reflect on the above reference and see so many blessings, lessons learned,  beautiful relationships and inner strength gained.

7 comments:

Myrna R. said...

I picked some great quotes from this book. I think you could have written it yourself, because it seems you intentionally seek out blessings, therefore they find you.

L^2 said...

Hi Becky,
Just in case you haven't seen it yet, I wanted to let you know that you are the first winner in our Dog Collar Raffle for my Guide Dog Puppy Sponsorship fundraiser! Congrats! :)

Becky said...

Myrna - Thank you for your kind comments. xoxo.
L2 - How fun. I can't wait to tell Cricket!

Clive said...

A lovely and insightful post.

wendy said...

I'll have to get that book and read it.
I know I have many blessings, and I need to open my heart a little wider and receive them.
I need to unwrap this hurt heart of mine, and fill it up with the blessings around me.

karen (Mom) said...

Glad you are enjoying the book. Dad really loves it and it certainly is on my list to read as well. Great thoughts

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

Such great quotes! It's true that we can be too busy to see our blessings. Being bored with nothing to do would seem like a blessing to me most days.