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    Meditation

    DAILY MEDITATION The Importance of Receiving April 3 Photo courtesy of GLady Please note: We sent a different Daily Meditation to you this morning in error. This is the meditation we wanted to share with you today. We hope you enjoy it. Receiving is often harder than giving. Giving is very important: giving insight, giving hope, giving courage, giving advice, giving support, giving money, and most of all, giving ourselves. Without giving there is no brotherhood and sisterhood. But receiving is just as important, because by receiving we reveal to the givers that they have gifts to offer. When we say, "Thank you, you gave me hope: thank you, you gave me a reason to live; thank you, you allowed me to realize my dream," we make givers aware of their unique and precious gifts. Sometimes it is only in the eyes of the receivers that givers discover their gifts.
  2. I do not have any animals here. I'll PM you.
  3. Thank you for your kind words, Laura. I do remember your talking about needing to be up north because of your allergies. I was happy when you found the job that you are in right now. You and your work are much needed in our school systems these days. I firmly believe that there are ‘vibrational signs’ surrounding us. Perhaps it comes from those we love who are no longer here in their physical presence. You have many talents like your musical talent playing the cello or your artistic ability in what you paint, and your generous soul when it comes to sharing your Lena with others who find comfort in Lena’s visits. I have three of your paintings in my home that I purchased at the art forum in Scottsdale when Steve put it together to raise money to keep this forum open. I think of you and keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I usually make a trip up to Sedona once a year. We need to get together for tea and a visit. My door would be open for you and Lena and your cello if you ever get down here. We could go over to Scottsdale and eat at Maui Pasta and visit with Patty and Steve. I’m hoping to spend a few weeks in IL this summer to put lots of love on my daughter and SIL and three grandchildren. My latest grandchild will be two next month. Hugs, Anne
  4. The above Easter webinar was excellent. If you have a chance watch it below.
  5. enna

    Meditation

    I love this thought... DAILY MEDITATION Where Mourning and Dancing Touch Each Other March 28 Photo courtesy of SDGimagery.com "[There is] a time for mourning, a time for dancing" (Ecclesiastes 3:4). But mourning and dancing are never fully separated. Their "times" do not necessarily follow each other. In fact, their "times" may become one "time." Mourning may turn into dancing and dancing into mourning without showing a clear point where one ends and the other starts. Often our grief allows us to choreograph our dance while our dance creates the space for our grief. We lose a beloved friend, and in the midst of our tears we discover an unknown joy. We celebrate a success, and in the midst of the party we feel deep sadness. Mourning and dancing, grief and laughter, sadness and gladness - they belong together as the sad-faced clown and the happy-faced clown, who make us both cry and laugh. Let's trust that the beauty of our lives becomes visible where mourning and dancing touch each other.
  6. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers dear Kay. You always do so very much for others and I just want you to know that I so appreciate who you are. Thank you for caring for so many who are in grief. Hugs to you. Anne
  7. I wrote the first part and then added t it... Hi Laura, Just voicing my opinion ~ I am reading your posts and I admire you for your guts and determination to do what you are able to do for one child at a time. As you and others have said it is quite different today working with children in school. As an educator for over forty years I have seen the pendulum swing from one end to the other. I retired from a classroom over a decade ago and continue to hear from teachers how difficult it is today. It seems like teachers and administrators are not the only ones dealing with paperwork. Doctors are getting lost in all the coding and paperwork they are expected to do on a daily basis. What I am hearing over and over again is that those who need the help (students, and patients) are just not getting it because those who are in this service spend too much time either looking at a computer documenting or fighting with administrators over what the needs of their chargers are. I was in administration the last decade of my teaching career and I know how frustrating it is to try over and over again to make changes. All that can be done is keep bringing up concerns and hope for a listening ear that can/will help. No teacher or teacher’s helper should ever have to deal with a student who lashes out in a physical way. Those students should be removed so the teacher is free to do his/her job ~ teach. I know this sounds simple but it isn’t. Today, a teacher is expected to deal with disruptions as well as teach and if they can’t then it more often reflects on their inability to manage classroom 101! It is very sad for me to hear from teachers who are frustrated on a daily basis. Those of us who love what we do find it hard to throw up our hands and quit. I just read your last post and I must admit I am glad for you that you are going to be getting out of the toxic situation you have been in. I am sad for you that this last job is not working out for you. I wish you could come down to the Litchfield Park – Goodyear area and apply for a position here that you love so much. I know you do not like a busy city area but the area out here is not as busy as Phoenix. I have lived here since 1999 and I know how great the Litchfield Elementary School District is since I taught here from 1999 until 2007 when I retired to take care of my beloved husband before he died in 2012. I know you love being up north but if you want to continue in the line of work you are so qualified for you would not be disappointed. I am only a three-hour drive (or less) from Sedona. We met in Scottsdale when Steve sponsored the Art exhibit to keep this discussion forum going. I still have the origami piece you made for me when we met. I agree with Marty. You do have many lives just like your Lena. I would like to meet Lena. Hospice of the Valley has the greatest pet therapy program and you and Lena would fit right in ~ just saying. Hugs to you, Anne
  8. My dear Kay, I am thinking of you during this most difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with your family. You have my number and I only wish I was not so far away or I would be there for you. Anne
  9. It doesn’t matter if it is one day, one week, one month, or many years… Mourning a loved one will last a lifetime. We do the best we can. How We Survive by Mark Rickerby If we are fortunate, we are given a warning. If not, there is only the sudden horror, the wrench of being torn apart; of being reminded that nothing is permanent, not even the ones we love, the ones our lives revolve around. Life is a fragile affair. We are all dancing on the edge of a precipice, a dizzying cliff so high we can't see the bottom. One by one, we lose those we love most into the dark ravine. So we must cherish them without reservation. Now. Someday. This is certain. There is no time for bickering. And their loss will leave a great pit in our hearts; a pit we struggle to avoid during the day and fall into at night. Some, unable to accept this loss, unable to determine the worth of life without them, jump into that black pit spiritually or physically, hoping to find them there… And some survive the shock, the denial, the horror, the bargaining, the barren, empty aching, the unanswered prayers, sleepless nights when their breath is crushed under the weight of silence and all that it means. Somehow, some survive all that and, like a flower opening after a storm, they slowly begin to remember the one they lost in a different way... The laughter, the irrepressible spirit, the generous heart, the way their smile made them feel, the encouragement they gave even as their own dreams were dying. And in time, they fill the pit with other memories the only memories that really matter. We will still cry. We will always cry. But with loving reflection more than hopeless longing. And that is how we survive. That is how the story should end. That is how they would want it to be.
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    Poetry

    WOW! This just took my breath away...
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    Meditation

    DAILY MEDITATION An Honest Being-With March 15 Photo courtesy of V. Dobson Being with a friend in great pain is not easy. It makes us uncomfortable. We do not know what to do or what to say, and we worry about how to respond to what we hear. Our temptation is to say things that come more out of our own fear than out of our care for the person in pain. Sometimes we say things like "Well, you're doing a lot better than yesterday," or "You will soon be your old self again," or "I'm sure you will get over this." But often we know that what we're saying is not true, and our friends know it too. We do not have to play games with each other. We can simply say: "I am your friend, I am happy to be with you." We can say that in words or with touch or with loving silence. Sometimes it is good to say: "You don't have to talk. Just close your eyes. I am here with you, thinking of you, praying for you, loving you."
  12. Finally, the place is so inviting. I look forward to my first meal there and to visit with both of you. I'm all set to taste Patty's Alfredo sauce. I agree with you Steve ~ it is a very spiritual place and I'm so glad it's right here in Arizona. The paintings are so nice. Anne
  13. Oh, Karen, I'm so glad you have the dentist behind you. Now for the healing. Sounds like you have a good dentist. I hope you heal quickly and that the pain eases up. Anne
  14. Sometimes it's better to be positive...even when you keep getting knocked down.
  15. I just watched this again and wanted to post it after a few years ago ~ excellent.
  16. Hi Katie, Of course, your heart and soul are aching. And it absolutely is not acceptable to lose a child let alone four. This is not something that needs to be” fixed” and I’m sorry you feel that Allen is trying to “fix” things… I am sure he is not but perhaps only trying to support you in your deep pain. I believe that Mother loss can only be understood by a mother and cannot be compared to any other loss. I know how much you love each one of your children and Caleb and Ryan will continue to give you a run for any energy you have or don’t have. Know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. We are always here to listen. Anne
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