Yes, And ~ week 16

As I’ve mentioned here before, one of the richest memories of my life is how I used to get up at 5:30 in the morning with my dad. It was our time. We’d eat GrapeNuts and tell each other about the miracle(s) we’d seen the day before. I still try to like GrapeNuts and I still try to look for miracles every day.

Finding the miracles has been harder for me lately. I might notice (my word for 2015) lovely people, places, or things, but I’ve allowed circumstances, over which I feel powerless, to cloud my ability to recognize them as miracles. That’s gotta change.

Here’s how I’m going to change it. Yes/And. I completely accept the reality that YES there are many things going on the world, over which I have no control. AND while I continue to attend to what I can, I’m going to focus on the light, the good, the possible, along with the people doing the light, good, and possible.

YES, the divisions, gloom, fear, and darkness will still be around. My focus, however, will not be as glued to it, as it has been lately. I’m going to focus on the power of miracles. When I find myself tempted to dwell in the negative longer than is necessary, I’m going to seek out AND people, places, and things. AND people, places and things are the miracles Daddy and I used to share with each other daily. I’ll share some of them with you here.

I have a lot of walking sticks.  I use most of them.  walking sticks

I use this one the most.  It’s sassafras I found in

a swamp near my home.  I’ve scraped, sanded, and re-painted it on my birthday for at least 15 years. It’s become one of my favorite and most meaningful rituals.  

Yes, my body has had multiple sclerosis in it for 26 years.  And I get to make a conscious choice about how I want to step into each new one.

What kind of rituals nourish your life?

3 thoughts on “Yes, And ~ week 16

  1. It’s a morning ritual. I am an early riser. I go out on my deck in the backyard,regardless of weather, and even barefoot at times, I look and listen and for a short moment I get lost in the morning . It can be cloudy, snowy, sunny, warm or cold, and I still look and listen. I especially enjoy the birds or watching the sun come up, or a misty,rainy type morning. Warm mornings are nice to, then I drink my coffee outside. Very peaceful and a miracle of a new day and beginning.

  2. ahhhhhhhhh, Val! i’ll have so much joy imagining you in your ritual time! 💜🌀🌅

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