Saturday, October 20, 2012

Morning Quiet

It is Saturday morning and my men are still in bed. This is one of my favorite times of the week. I know that I don't have to rush off anywhere today. I have time to ponder the events of our week and plan for the next but there is also time to putter. 

In the early morning things are quiet. The street noises are null and this morning even the sounds of nature have been muted. I guess even the birds and squirrels are still in their beds.

So I make my coffee, light a few candles and meditate. Alone with the Almighty I listen for His wisdom in this fast paced world. It is calming. The anxieties of the week are melting away.

All is balance. It is a struggle sometimes to find a way to balance the needs of this life. Sometimes it means I must give a little in places I'd rather not. In the early morning quiet it is easier to let go. To see what matters. To plan around those things only.

So I begin my day with solitude and as the world and my family begin to stir, I am renewed.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Difficult Day

Humility. I am thinking these days of the stories of St. Therese of Lisieux and her humility. She sought out those that were most difficult to be with and sat beside them. She remained cheerful when she felt despondent. She relied on the strength of Jesus.

So must I. Today's reading included the Fruits of the Spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Certainly words I needed to heed today. 

So although I had a rough day it was also wonderful. I try hard, especially on days like today, to self-reflect. What was difficult? Was I in the  wrong? What can I learn from my day? Do I need to make amends or do I need to clarify an issue with anyone? 

I have found that if I can make it through the difficult days I am a stronger, more loving person. Perseverance is another word I have been adding to my vocabulary of late. I know that all of these experiences are growing my spirit and leading me on the path I am meant to take. I am thankful for the nurturing people I have been sent along the way. Sometimes I dread the day ahead but once I am in it it is wonderful. 

I am thankful everyday for the glorious children with whom I am working. They bring the joy and the light to my day. In combination with the teenagers I come home to every night, I am fulfilled. I know there is more to the journey and am thankful to have been set on this path.

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