What I love about rituals is that they get me out of my head. They enable me to focus on exactly what I’m doing that the moment. They keep me grounded and present. Rituals are indeed a great Silver Lining in my life!
G.K. Chesterton’s philosophy that thanks are the highest form of thought and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder is an incredible Silver Lining of my day. I am both thankful and grateful for this inspiration today. Enjoy!
Though being diagnosed with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer) Rocked. My. World., one Silver Lining is that (as a nurse and social worker) the experience gave me a whole new consciousness and sensitivity to the patient experience. Gary Zukav’s quote about the ability to feel another’s pain only after having felt your own pain resonates with me in a big way! Finding myself on the other side of the bed helped me understand the physical and emotional aspects of the patient experience in ways I could never – ever! – have imagined. From the physical aspects – e.g., becoming a human pincushion as a result of near-daily needle sticks to the emotional ones – e.g., contending with sadness, fear and anxiety that often come with a cancer diagnosis. Have you had this experience? If so, please share!
Love this quote by Lily Tomlin about slooooowing down. It has been a bordering-on-frantic period of time and I’m definitely in need of some relief. One of my new favorite things to do is to lay in the backyard with Suddenly Seven and my beloved 87-pound black labrador, Buzz and read. And you know what? Lily Tomlin is spot on: slowing down does indeed provide relief!
Love love love Epictetus’ quote about doing what you have to do to be whom you want to be. Talk about a Silver Lining. Today, Suddenly Seven said to me, “Momma, I think I’m a really good singer, but I know that I can always get better.” Music (pun intended!) to this Momma’s ears!