Today’s Daily Prompt of PRESENT was a no-brainer for me to write about because hello! it’s the name of my blog! The Presents of Presence.
It’s been a HUGE PRESENT to write to you, to make connections with you and to get to know all of you! I love our friendships and I feel grateful and honored to know you all!
Because if we look around, precious moments are presents and they are everywhere. But they can be fleeting when we are not paying attention. You know what I mean? When you turn around and wonder, what in the world did I do yesterday? Or how did this past week fly by?
We have a limited time on this earth dear friends. Connections can be fleeting or lifelong. Either way, we must take each and every special opportunity to savor them.
May you have a blessed day and continue to shine your heartlights!
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Here’s just a little inspiration for you on a Sunday! May you hatch and reach your potential! Big hugs to you!
Life is hard enough at times without problems with our minds. This has been a big lesson to me as I’ve been taking care of my two Aunts (one of whom just passed). Anna’s brain after her fall had irreversible brain damage and after a few days, her body shut down and she passed peacefully as you read here. However, my other Aunt Mable is having a difficult time with her own mind as well.
It is sad and scary to watch a loved one lose their mind. It is heart-wrenching to see a personality change as disease takes over a once loving, intelligent brain. It is frustrating to keep patience as the person continues to distort reality and live in the past. It takes loving patience to talk with gentleness and to skirt the truth of a situation when your own heart is hurting. But we must do what is right for others, even when it is hard.
To tell my Aunt Mable that Anna has passed would be to subject her to such heartbreak and even the chance of a heart attack which is why we continue to tell her that Anna is resting. For truth be told, Anna is resting with Jesus. Aunt Mable looks for her often but is sometimes satisfied with the pat response that she is resting in another place for now and we need to let her rest. In the next moment, she may be asking for Mama (her Mom who is deceased more than 30 years) and thinks that she needs to bring her supper. Her agitation grows by leaps and bounds as she struggles to get out the door to bring her food. When we tell her that Mama has been gone for a long time, she begins to cry and says she didn’t know. Sometimes she will ask if she knew it and we gently nod. Other times, we redirect the conversation by placating her and bringing up a happy memory for her because it is in the mind’s happy place that we’d rather she dwell. But it isn’t easy.
Our minds are powerful tools as you may well know already. They are muscles that need to be stretched as they are malleable and can grow as long as we keep them active. Of course, dementia and alzheimers happens and I don’t know if there is much we can do to prevent those diseases of the brain, but I know that I will continue to work out my brain for as long as I can myself after what I’ve witnessed.
There are special angels on this earth disguised as health workers. You can find them everywhere when you look for them. Those are the ones that as Mama used to say, ‘are getting stars in their crowns’ for the afterlife. They are gentle souls who kindly look after those whose minds are damaged. They have infinite patience in situations whereby the minds of their patients are not making any sense. They continue to roll with the situation no matter what is going on and their focus is on diffusing any agitation in a kind manner. They even have the unfortunate instance when their patient can be violently determined to do something and they simply focus on protecting the one whose mind isn’t working instead of themselves. I’ve witnessed countless acts of kindness recently and I am in awe of those whose calling it is to patiently love others who aren’t in their right minds. It is a sight to behold when you can see a patient who is the only person hearing the music in her head dancing to a tune with a caretaker with a smile on her face ~ the sheer joy of presence in the moment ~ and love that knows no boundaries.
And isn’t that what life is all about? Loving with no boundaries no matter the circumstance? Accepting others in that moment and finding joy in the tune of life? Cradling The Present of Presence and this special moment right here and now? I find a reason to laugh every day and lately a reason to cry as well. But my smile never fully goes away even though it fades now and again for I am here. I am doing the best I can with every moment of everyday and I will continue until I pass myself. Isn’t that our lesson? To do the best we can with what we have right now?
How do you begin your day? Do you wake up to the clanging of an alarm clock or a pet/spouse/child pestering you? Do you woodenly trudge to the kitchen to get coffee? Or do you smile as you pull back the covers and land your feet on the floor?
I’m an early riser myself. I adore the quiet of the morning for it’s when I get the most done. My mind is alert (after my coffee of course) and I can feel the possibility of a new day dawning ahead of me. Sure, there are obligations and responsibilities that I attend during my day, but there are also pockets of time in which I indulge and find the little things that make me smile. And I smile simply because I am here…now…today…in this very moment…and I am grateful for the gift of today.
For you see, even the roughest of days, I do not regret having and believe me, I have endured many a rough day as I know we all have in our lives. But it is in surviving those rough days that I can treasure the days in which my heart is happy. Even in those hard days, I always made sure to find a small moment or two where I could feel my heart no matter if it were sad or glad. I could remind myself that I am here and be present for myself and my family.
So today, let’s start at the very beginning ~ gratitude for being here, for breathing, for moving, for thinking and reading, for loving, for peace, for joy and for you being you and me being me. ♥
We can begin at any moment, so let’s start now! You are worth a new beginning!
This is my baby Tiffy in our favorite position, on the couch, wrapped in blankies, face up like a baby, snuggled next to my heart, her purr reverberating into my soul. She just knows and verbally meows at me until I take her in my arms and sit down. We snuggle, I regain my bearings and enjoy the presents of being present for a bit. It’s amazing what a little bit of fur therapy (our family word for holding the cat and petting her soft fur) can do ~ it can calm you, center you, wipe away tears and help you to feel the love. There is power in purring, I truly believe this as our other cat Chessie who passed away in March most definitely helped me through breast cancer by staying by my side at all times and purring by my side so that her powerful purr reverberated into my body and soul. I know I sound like a crazy cat lady, but I do believe in the power of purr. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that Make a Difference in our lives. ♥
So, today, here’s a bit of virtual fur therapy for you! May you know you are loved.
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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. -Nathaniel Hawthorne
Do you chase happiness? Be honest, do you? Or do you just do what you want in order to make your own happiness? I loved this quote because quite honestly, I think the happiest people are those who do what they want, when they want, for the sheer happiness that it gives them.
It’s like work ~ when you love what you do ~ it’s easier to do because the time passes by so quickly because you are involved and enjoying the moment. Can you say that about your job? What about your life? It’s your choice you know. This is your life ~ your moment ~ your now ~ nobody else’s.
So let’s try today to just be in the moment.
Let happiness surround you.
Revel in the warmth of the sunshine or in the cool, healing raindrops.
Look up at the sky, check out the clouds, admire the stars and the moon.