Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday

"How much more there is now to living! There’s reason to life! We can be free! We can learn to fly!" Richard Bach (Jonathan LIvingston Seagull)

I'm learning to fly....to live my best life....to rise above what happened....and use it to give others hope. I think it's mostly because I'm learning to live with gratitude. Being grateful....so simple... yet so profound. Just saying thank-you for what I've been given reminds me of all the things that daily come into my life, from small things like my daughter jumping out of bed and running to kiss me to big ones like the university bookstore telling me they just sold more of my books and need me to bring in more.  This week I'm grateful for....

-the lessons about love and faith and friendship I learned from my friend Gaye who recently lost her battle to cancer. I'll miss her like crazy but the things we shared.....the stuff we laughed over....and the ways we both fought to believe for miracles.....will forever live in my heart and in some profound way....I know she's changed me for the better.
-Spent a day with my youngest...just two of us. We laughed....she shared her heart....and seeing her face...beaming and proud filled me with so much happiness.
-Spent a day with my oldest....just her and I....laughing, talking, goofing around. The bond we share is  tight - I know what we have empowers her.....and it also empowers me to live my best life.
-a close friend and her family came over last night. We laughed so hard and didn't want the evening to end. Close friendships who accept me just as I am are the absolute best.
-At one time I couldn't feel love...When people said they loved me....I had no idea what they meant. I'm so grateful for His love....it made a difference. I finally got it! I finally felt love and that love changed everything.

9 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend. I know that hurts and so glad you are remembering her the way she should be remembered. So happy to hear that your book is selling so well!!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

It is nice to realize how much we have been given with gratitude. Sorry for your loss...

Finding Pam said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend Gaye. Remembering her is the best way to honor her life.

I love this last sentence of your post...

At one time I couldn't feel love...When people said they loved me....I had no idea what they meant. I'm so grateful for His love....it made a difference. I finally got it! I finally felt love and that love changed everything.

RCUBEs said...

I had my eye exam 2 days ago and my son decided to be with me than go out with his friends. We had lunch and how I enjoyed that moment with him. I'm so blessed that he's not going with the flow of this world. I can feel that from you and your relationship also with your daughters. I pray for the Lord to continue guiding us, as parents, to mold our children to always look up to Him.

I've been fine sister, thank you for asking, despite the battle I'm in which would be a very long process. I'm going to work later and dreading it, yet, I know the Lord is teaching me in some areas at the same time, like having more patience and learning to respond in loving ways despite the hurtful actions some people do.

I love your TT's because it also reminds me to be grateful no matter what we are facing. May your friend's loving memories comfort you. Hugs and prayers to you sister. "Stay strong!!!" :)

Dulce said...

You are so right my dear... no wonder, love is everything and not until one really gets its meaning does one know what it's all about...keep on flying, Sarah!

Ginny said...

I'm so sorry about your friend, Gaye. My best friend had ovarian cancer seven years ago, and it's come back now. But I am glad you are continuing to have special moments and experience such joy!! Your daughters are very blessed to have you!

The Blog Writer said...

Nikki, my darling, I love reading you. I love the person you are. My heart connects with yours.

I feel more at peace with Gaye's passing away now. I just know that she is safe and is loved.

Teri Lynn said...

Gratitude is something I try to do more and more intentionally. This week, my gratitude has been heart-focused on my survivors' support group and all of my survivor-sisters I've "met" through FB and Twitter... So, I want you to know that I am grateful for you and the encouragement and support that you so lovingly share ;0)

Debbie said...

It sounds like the real heart of the matter this week is friendship and laughter, whether it's with a daughter or a friend.

I happen to be very fond of those things too!