Friday, November 28, 2008

Wisdom from Jen Gray...

Jen wrote the words. I am adding my own photos.




As we walked through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens a couple of weeks ago, we came upon a butterfly sunning and drying herself.
We sat down to watch and take pictures.

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We have been learning with every
wipe-out, there is always something
or someone still worth getting
up for.

with each diagnosis, we learned to be thankful for the
parts that are still healthy and strong.

with each dark day, we learned to absolutely
treasure the easy sunny ones.

with every news report and worldly update,
we have taken hope in our new President
and the good changes to come.

with the loss of friends and loved ones we
learned to value the days we have still have
left with you.

to be able to say:

"i have shelter.
i have food for my belly,
i have the love of a pal,
i have my freedom,
and i still have some pretty good laughs..."

means you are doing,
pretty
damn
good.

and if you have more than that,
well,
these days,
that makes you a king.

learning to be thankful when things are easy and breezy is one thing.
being able to be thankful when you have had a more than a few wipe-outs,
makes you especially beautiful and wise and right on.

Jen Gray



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Thank you, Jen, for your wisdom and beauty and grace in sharing your stories with all of us, your faithful readers, and for encouraging us to stay awake and alert on our own paths, to walk with courage, to live fully and laugh and love and learn and maintain hope. No matter what life throws our way.



When you wipe out, try not to land on one of these!

1 comment:

Ella said...

Dear Gail,

Can you e-mail me, I accidentally deleted a bunch of e-mail address.

I've been worried over you daughter.

My Golden has been ill and that doesn't compare at all except to say he's a dog and I've gotten little sleep and can't imagine how you feel over your child. I things are getting better.

Love and blessings to your family,

Ella