I have so enjoyed being outside this summer, although sometimes I have felt very frustrated. I’m still trying to get used to being so limited in what I am supposed to do… and to not being able to do so many of the things I always have done. My husband and the rest of my family are always watching me and jumping in to “help me,” and although I am grateful that they are looking out for me… it hurts sometimes that they have to. It doesn’t fit the picture I have always had of myself.


Common primrose (Primula vulgaris)

Some days are more difficult than others… and this has been a week of difficult days. It helps to keep seeing the big picture instead of focusing on today’s pain. It also helps when I think about how much more I can do this year than I was able to do last year, and how… despite the injuries… I AM able to walk and do so many things that for months everyone thought I would never be able to do again.

It’s a definite cause and effect that I am a different person now. I know what my priorities are and what is important to me. I absolutely love the life we have made for ourselves, and I’m happier than I have ever been. I notice things that I used to overlook… I appreciate simple things I never used to think about… and most of all, I find it almost impossible to take anyone or anything for granted, because I have experienced firsthand how quickly everything can change.

I won’t go so far as to say I am glad I suffered the back injury… but I AM so very grateful for the “now” that has been given to me.

I know how blessed I am.

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Edward D

Inspiring. Very powerful post. Thanks.

Michelle

I am sitting here thinking about the things I take for granted. My life gets to me sometimes but you have reminded me that I have so much to be thankfull for too. Your posts inspire me and make me think. I like that.

Faith

Shirley-that is my sisters name…
Thank you for your blog….and your insights…I am striving for simplicity…and
have come a short way, and long to go…..but it is a process. I am so happy
I found your blog..I connect with it….today we made salt clay necklaces, my
two boys and I…I have a blog waiting for pictures, and a link to your websitte….I think a lot of people are looking and searching for simple…..

God Bless you.
Faith

Diane

It takes maturity to thank God in the midst of disappointment… when things end up radically different from what you always assumed. It sounds like you are allowing the Lord to do a good work in you… and I imagine He is well pleased my dear♥

Stephanie

Your writing (here) reminds me of a very dear friend, of her outlook, attitude, strength, courage and wisdom. I have and Will always admire her. I also admire you.

QueenMotherDeborah

Hi Shirley,
Continue To Walk and Live by Faith. I pray with you for your Healing. I Love The Spirit In You..You’re Such an Inspiration to Me and Many Others….Yes Shirley you are Blessed..and Carry God’s Grace,Peace with You in Everything You Touch. Keep The (Joy of The Lord) Strength
In your Life First and Foremost…All Else Always works out for Good of Them Who Love The Lord, Surely You do Love the Lord,and Have Great Faith In Him and You Show it Daily. You’re Such an Awesome
person…keep up the Good Work. I am encouraged.

Remain Blessed,
Queen Mother Deborah