Gifts

On Our Walk!
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” ~~LR Knost

Dear Readers,
I read this quote and have been carrying it with me in my head for days now.
As I continue my journey of hearing again, as well as my journey in recovery, and growing older, I am starting to understand life a bit more. 

Mark Goodman, of Miracle of the Mundane, has written his whole blog on the point the quote is making.

Hubs and I went for a walk in the woods yesterday. There was a lovely snowfall last night. Later we went out to dinner and to see a toy train museum, which was a perfect for the first day of December. 
Today, I am still in pajamas, and hubs shoveled, got us some food, and soon we will watch a football game. (Go Vikings!! LOL)
Hubs has a terrible cold, but he is a non-complainer! Thank goodness for me, as I am the big baby in the house! 

These are ordinary times for us, and they are beautiful, and if I look at it in perspective, they can be amazing at the same time. 


This is the gift of recovery. The ability to understand this.

I also realized that I often sit back and wait for an amazing time to happen. 
I read a book once, although I can't remember the name, where many older people were asked what advice they would give young people about life. 
Many of them said they didn't regret what they did, they regret what they didn't do. 

So, I am trying to look at the "youth of my old age" with pushing myself a bit out of my comfort zone.  
Last week I went on a short trip to Maryland to meet recovery bloggers, and Twitter recovery folks, that I have never met. I also went to a sober recovery house in Maryland, called Nick's Place, to support the young men there. 

Hubs and I on a Walk!!
This was an amazing experience. 
It opened my world. 

Time is short. Now that I no longer think only about where I can go to get a drink, I can spend my time looking outward, and seeing how to live my best self, my higher self, a life of giving, learning, and loving.

I wrote a post a while ago, called One of Many.
I was reminded of this on my trip, meeting people that I had never met, but knew we were friends because we are all humans in recovery. 
We share the deep human longings, losses, wants and needs.

We share this world together, and it is my wish to share it with joy.

With the Gift of Fresh Snow,
On Day 1550,

Wendy


Comments

  1. Wendy, I’m running out of superlatives for you! Thank you for the positive path you share.

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  2. Great post, as always. So comforting to read after a long family-heavy weekend. Hugs!
    SamKD

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    1. Hugs back, SamKD!
      I am hoping your week goes well!
      xo

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  3. The title of your post is perfect, because you truly are a gift to all of us! xx

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  4. I love the warm energy you put into the world (and aim back toward yourself). Thank you for this quote, too. Just yesterday I did perhaps my first pay-attention-to-your-breath exercise. For some reason I just haven't, perhaps in part because my main meditation practice isn't about breath per se. But it was kind of amazing and feels like a door into a new reality. This quote extends that into today...

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    1. I still haven’t picked up my meditation again! I am so glad you are! I love deep breathing, inhaling for 4, holding for 6 out for 8.
      xo

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  5. What a great post, and yes, there is amazing in ordinary 💜

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    1. I used to feel so sorry for myself that I wasn’t doing something fantastic all the time. Now I get it!
      xo

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  6. Such an encouraging post! I had brain surgery in May to remove a golf-ball-size tumor and life is very much brand new for me. Best of all, it is quite ordinary. For the first time in 25, years, quite ordinary. Blessings to both of you on your healing journey!
    greg

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    1. Thank you, Greg. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling!
      xo

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  7. Your insights are some of today's amazing things. Along with your walk photos. You bring beauty and joy to our world in so many ways!

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  8. Amen to this post, dear Wendy. Blessed once again by your love and joy. <3

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  9. I love this and I so agree! Removing booze from my life has opened a whole new world and it is amazing! Today's magic is that I'm meeting one of my favourite bloggers for coffee and I'm so excited! I love how these friendships are formed in the sober blogosphere. Utterly wonderful. Hope your hearing is all good too. Big hugs, Anna xx

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    1. Thank you, Anna! I love meeting bloggers, too!
      xo

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