(Be sure to stop by Jan's with your response in order to be entered into a drawing to receive a gift...she has all kinds of joyful plans for the month of July!)
I wrote my response to her post and thought, you know? I want others to read this too, because it is soooo important to look at our lives and TRULY recognize the goodness through all the complications, surprises, disappointments and hardships life throws at us. It is so easy to get wrapped up in fear, sadness and anger and sometimes we all need reminders to CELEBRATE!!! (ok, granted I'm still floating on a happy cloud from Rosie's bat mitzvah, but that's not the only thing to celebrate!) If you have been following my blog for a while, you know, I find blessings to be abundant in my life, sometimes even more so during difficult times. So in response to Jan's queries I said:
"Today I am celebrating being at the infusion center receiving medicine that has slowed down the process of MS in my body! Woohoo! Tomorrow we leave for the seashore...and although I will not be able to walk on the beach (one of my favorite things to do in the whole world-especially early in the morning) I WILL be able to view the the sea and sky from our balcony and sit on the boardwalk by our apartment and enjoy the sounds of the ocean, children laughing, the breeze on my face and body, the joyful energy of being surrounded by my loved ones on our family vacation. So it isn't perfect, it isn't the way it was...but it is the way it is and there is plenty to be grateful for, including my ability to open to the experience with joyful intention."
Gratitude is a kind of freedom, isn't it? It allows us to feel nurtured and satisfied in our lives no matter what. Gratitude reminds us to discover the blue skies sometimes hidden by clouds.
For my American friends I wish you a happy and safe Forth of July (Independence Day), for everyone else around the world, like Jan, I'd love to hear what you are celebrating in the month of July!