Friday, October 17, 2008

time to ponder

my husband bill has been working the late shift at his company this week so we've taken a break from carpooling. it has been a welcome break for me. not that i don't enjoy his company because i do. but i also love my alone time, time to just be reflective and ponder life. the early morning commute alone tends to be filled with thoughts of what needs to be done at work that day. lately my mind has been on presley in the mornings as he had taken a turn for the worse for a couple of weeks there. a trip back to the vet brought a possible diagnosis of brain lesions. we've put him on a new medication and he is much better but it is very hard to leave him each morning. i am very conscious of making his final days or months as happy and comfortable as i can.

on my way home i tend to be on the look-out for something interesting to photograph. today i noticed how gorgeous the sky was and snapped the photo above. doesn't it look like the proverbial cloud with the silver lining? and, isn't that really what we're all looking for right now? aren't we trying to see past all the worries and locate the little ways that we are so blessed? don't you just want to grab on tight to your loved ones and sing out loud that life is way too short to get bogged down with worry? that together we can weather anything?

so i drove and pondered all the silver linings in my life. i may be 55 but i'm a very healthy 55. presley's health is failing but we appreciate every minute we have with him. what i've lost in 401K and retirement money is diminished by the hope and faith that sustain me.
losing my last job was sad and depressing but the flood of creativity and renewal it brought about has been so uplifting and gratifying. when so many have lost their homes and jobs, we are blessed to be together and to have stable jobs. All of our kids are independent, self-sufficient, productive members of society who make us so proud every day. my heart is filled with love; my cup runneth over.

what are your silver linings these days?

9 comments:

Strider said...

Good post..I agree. I think it takes more effort to be negative than it takes to be positive. The Word says you can't add an inch to your height by worrying about it. So if you can't do a thing as simple as that...why worry? Have a great weekend and keep living in expectancy of something good.

willow said...

Yes! I've always believe that "together we can face anything"! In fact, I just said this line to WT this week. Wonderful post, Julie.

Betsy said...

I love that you see your cup running over and not just half full! :)

Lavinia said...

Perfect image to go with your sentiments expressed today. The proverbial silver lining can be hard so see on some days, wouldn't you say. But as you explain in your wonderfully colourful post, the blessings abound......You are truly blessed in so many ways, and you are a blessing to the blog world. Thank you Julie!

Jackie said...

Thank you. food for thought.And I love your previous to posts. You are so lucky to have both mother and father in their 80s. My father died suddenly 16 years ago aged 65. Its his anniversary next tuesday.

Karine said...

What a beautiful post, and a reminder to us all to be grateful for our blessings.

Jenn said...

Julie, what a beautiful post. You have a way with words my dear:) I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Presley. I'll be thinking of you...

xoxo...jenn

p.s. Jake was so appreciative of your kind words regarding his mummy:):):)

THE CHARM SCHOOL DROPOUT said...

inspiring julie, i should try to cultivate gratitude, sometimes it's really hard. your (new?) blog layout is so pretty.

cindy : quaint said...

honestly, posts like these to help me remember how lucky i am.