Count your blessings...how many times have we heard that phrase, how many times have we used that phrase ourselves?
This past weekend was the third annual event held in honor of our benefactor, Llewella Day, who bequeathed to me a six hundred acre farm, in Ira, Vermont, and which is now being used as a healing and educational center...
People from all over the country, and indeed from many parts of the world came to participate, and the weekend was an enormous success. It was also a weekend of tremendous inspiration for all of us. So many who came had experienced life altering losses.parents who had lost their children, two women who had lost both a husband and a son to a terrible accident, many who had serious health issues, and despite all this seeming doom and gloom, we laughed, we had fun, we learned many valuable lessons, we all made new friends, and we connected with each others souls. What more could we have hoped for, what more could we have possibly received!!!!!
The first night I asked my audience a question. How many of you here have lost a child? The amount of hands raised was staggering, to all of us. I knew I had my work cut out for me, how was I going to be able to help all these people? But somehow it seemed that I did, with the help of God, and with the aid of Grey Eagle, the spirit world was able to produce miracle after miracle, not just for those who had lost a child, but for all of us.
After everyone had left on Sunday evening I sat pondering the experiences of the last three days, going over in my mind the many messages, the many healings, and the heart wrenching pain that so many have to bear. I began to think of my own life, of the awful pain of the last few months as I have struggled with my daughters illness, and of how close I came to losing her...and I began to count my blessings. I seriously began to count my blessings.
Now, it is easy, as a lesson, to count our blessings when life is good, and sooooo much more difficult when life is just one big painful experience, when days run into each other, and the pain just seems to get worse and worse and worse. But I saw so many people this weekend, so many in pain, who were counting their blessings, who were valuing their experience, valuing every enriching moment, and able to see through their pain, able to see through their tears, to see all those other people, loving, caring, generous and kind people, who, in pain themselves, were wanting to help, to give, and to give something back to others...I was truly inspired beyond my greatest expectations, and so here I am, counting my blessings.
I thank you God for-
1:- Keeping my daughter safe.
2:- Giving me the strength to hold on, when I could so easily have fallen.
3:- The many prayers and good wishes, which have helped sustain me.
4:- My friends who have supported us.
5:- My continued good health.
6:- The strangers who have become friends.
7:- My team, my students, who have not judged me harshly in my absences.
8:- My puppies, who love me no matter what.
9:- The day I spent yesterday with Cindy and Bridgette, who lost their husband/father, brother/son. I am overwhelmed by their courage, and their humility.
10:- My gift, without which I would be utterly lost.
These are my blessings today, and this is the lesson. Each day, at the end of the day, count your blessings.
Every day, find ten things in your life which you can be grateful for, no matter what. Every day, no matter how hard the day has been, reach outside of your own pain, and find those inspiring moments in the day for which you are grateful. This is the lesson for the month, but this is really a lesson we need to live every day for the rest of our lives. Make this exercise a habit, a night time ritual. It will keep you sane, it will remind you that no matter how bad things are, there are always at least ten good moments of gratitude for all of us.
This exercise also reminds us that whenever God takes something away from us, He always gives us something back. It might not be what we want, but it will always be something that we need.
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