Stuff happens, open yourself to being changed, to becoming more.
We all make plans for our lives. Who we want to be, what we want to do, who we want to love. But sometimes our plans don’t work out. Things happen, life happens. Bad things, good things. If we open our hearts and our minds we may find that the events will show us a different way. We will be changed.
Sometimes we immediately see that the change is good. Other times finding the light at the end of the tunnel is a struggle. We may quit before we see it. Don’t quit! You will have bad times, we all do, but those times may open your heart and mind to becoming more. You will be changed.
Just like the rest of you, I had a life that I loved. I worked in a place that I loved, it was like family. I was surrounded daily with people that I cared for. We were raising two great children and making our home into our dream home. Bruce and I also worked a business from home, building a huge team of people, investing in our future.
But, I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. We worked and went to school each day. Floating from one day to the next. I did some charity work, went to church, and had a bunch of great friends. But, as I look back I am a bit ashamed. I did a little, here and there. Just enough to tell myself I was doing something to help others, but just enough.
Then the company I worked for closed. I lost contact with those I cared for and we lost the income from that position. One of our kids got into trouble and our hearts were broken. We no longer had the money to continue creating our dream home and the home based business fell apart.
Getting sick was the end of the dream. Life had become a nightmare and all we had left was each other. Thank God we still had each other.
Now, we have been changed…
I look back and see that even though we were living we were just floating through the days. We didn’t have a true purpose, we weren’t really thinking things through. Just going through the motions.
Looking back I can see things with a clearer mind. Everything that has happened served a purpose. These events woke me up. I wasn’t paying attention.
Thankfully I have learned, and I hope that I will continue to learn and grow.
Ten things I am thankful for this week…
1. I really hate my disease. I hate that I can’t do things that I used to. I hate that I won’t be the person I dreamed I’d be. But, now I realize that if I wouldn’t have gotten sick I wouldn’t be able to understand and empathize with my son. With his addiction and illness. I wouldn’t have been able to fight for him, not as hard and as long as I need to.
I can empathize in a way that few others can. And I not only want to fight for him, I want to fight for all those like him. Those who are used to being seen as not worthy of the fight. We are all worthy; we all need to know someone will fight for us. Each one of us needs to know that.
Although I hate being sick it opened my eyes, made me more empathetic. We are on this Earth to live together, to help each other, and give each other a hand up.
2. I am thankful to see and feel the God I believe in. This week we have been surrounded by His grace. God uses the least of us to do His best work. When extraordinary things happen to normal humans like us, it is a miracle. And I am thankful to be one of the least. So very thankful.
3. I know, I say it each week, but we still have a few flowers, and it’s now November! How awesome is that. They make me insanely happy.
4. The weather this week was in the 70s! I may sound like a broken record, but it’s November! No matter what comes in the next few months I am so grateful for the warmth!
5. Last night we got a late night call to join friends for a drink. When I was in my 20s it was normal to wait until 11pm to go out to the club. But last night even though we were in bed we jumped up threw on clothes and met some of our besties. It was so good for my heart! xoxoxo
6. I know it seems as if I am waffle obsessed, but wait til you see what we came up with this week. If you are gluten free you will be sending me huge smooches. If you’re not gluten free don’t worry, you’re gonna love it too!!! My taste buds were extremely thankful!
7. I love learning from other bloggers. I am so thankful that they share their knowledge. I love combining that information in a way that creates a plan of action for myself and others. Figuring things out on our own creates so much frustration.
I love to cut through and figure things out. And I’m thankful that it’s helping others.
This week I put together a step-by-step tutorial on how to use PicMonkey to create Pin-Worthy images for your blog. The entire tutorial was too in depth to put on the blog, which pushed me to create a PDF document. I really enjoyed learning a new skill. And I love the way it turned out. I can see doors opening to creative, new things. Excited. Here’s the front cover of the document.
8. After I created the document I needed to figure out a way to share it. As my brain worked on the issue I came up with the VIP Lounge. A place to hang out, receive in depth tips on life and blogging. A way to strengthen View From In Here’s community. A great place to learn and share. #livelifebetter
9. I’m so thankful for Google and Pinterest. Setting up the VIP Lounge was a bit more involved than I originally thought. I was able to find all the information via these two networks. Once again, I love it when others freely share what they’ve learned, what they’ve created!!! Without them I wouldn’t be able to share Flowers and Bonbons with you!
If you want to hang out with us, we’d love to have you. You are all Very Important People to me and View From In Here wouldn’t be the same without you!
10. Tomorrow we find out what Levi’s future holds. Last week was a gift and tomorrow we’ll see how it’s going to be utilized. Hopefully we will have him home this week. I cannot wait to touch and kiss my son.
I’m grateful for all of the prayers, good thoughts, well wishes, hugs-virtual and real. I’m thankful for those who extended grace and empathy. For those who have stood with us during this time, and for those who will be with us from here on out.
Naming names could get me in trouble, lol, but there are a few people that deserve recognition. And if you are a praying sort, I’d love you to join me in wishing that these people are blessed indeed. We wouldn’t be where we are without their support.
Robyn, Brenda, Kelly, Dawn, John, Beth, Dan and John. There are many more people who have helped but these people went above and beyond. They did not judge, hold expectations or allow preconceived notions to harden their hearts.
These people made sure that we pushed on, they believed in us and in Levi. I cannot ever repay them, it’s impossible. What they have done is PRICELESS.
Through knowing them, we have been changed. Forever.
I have been changed…
And although the road has been painful, I can see why things may have happened. We were being prepared to fight. To learn and grow. To become better. We have been awakened to things we weren’t paying attention to.
I am grateful.
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