And for these words from Emily Dickinson:
Hope inspires the good to reveal itself.
As I watch the beautiful sunrise this morning, I feel hopeful. I am also exhausted. More emotionally and mentally than physically and spiritually.
My sister's recent cancer diagnosis and pending treatment, my cousin's memorial service, my mom getting closer to a move to the nursing home, my friend's grief and pain, a newly sober alcoholic's raw cravings. . . these are some of the things in my realm of experience lately.
But I have taken the time to exercise, meditate, practice gratitude. Those choices have allowed some hope to remain and grow, have allowed the good to be revealed. The good is I am not alone and I am loved.
We get up each day and can make it through with faith and the love and support of others. Today I will reveal the good by extending kindness to others.
I will be taking a blog break until early next week. Until then, aspire to do good, spread hope.