Friday, April 03, 2009
I went to meet with the priest about doing volunteer work for them and when he asked what my skills/interests were his eyes lit up. He said there's much you can do to help and well "You are a Gift sent from God" he said... and I explained my situation (and revealed quite a bit for a first meeting about my journey that got me here today but felt really at ease to do so). He asked then "Is this your way of saying thank you to God?" (as I told him the past 6 months had held many difficult events for me, but that TODAY I was at a very good place with a great job, my health...) I told him it's my way of giving back and meeting more people. From our meeting, I can say for sure that I will be able to do so much. I think the fact that he's trying to attract more people, 'younger' people to the congregation, my appearing gives him encouragement.
I shared with him how I had not been at church since my pre-teen years due to some experiences I had, but that when I came to register my daughter for her communion - I felt at 'home' there.
It's all about balance and for me spirituality, which I've always lived with my meditation and prayers (just not in church), is now shifting back to the church and to be more involved in this community. It also brought back great memories of me and my dad attending when I was younger.
He knows about it being just me and my girls, that I'm a single mom and he knows about the loss and hurt that I've suffered. It was a lot to share but it just felt right and I felt so good after my meeting! Was not AF last night but NO GUILT about what I had. Enjoyed the dessert outing with my colleagues (had tiramisu) and down one more pound this am - go figure! lol... at 164 !
I came home and didn't get any more fitness minutes in so 50 for yesterday. Now I have to get the day started and get some in - 30 or 40 this am.
Wishing you all a FANTASTIC Friday!
PS - Here's today's DAILY MOTIVATOR Quote - felt it just fit with where I'm at. How about you?
What is the most positive, wonderful thing you can imagine for yourself, for your life, for the ones you love, for the world in which you live? As soon as you can imagine it, you're well on the way to making it a reality.
If it were impossible there would be no way you could even conceive of it. Live with the knowledge and the assurance that the best you can imagine is indeed available to you, and is indeed possible for you.
You are filled with valuable experience. The things you've done and learned and seen and lived through have left behind a unique, powerful substance of experience that is yours alone.
It would be a shame for all that to go to waste. It is yours to make use of, yours to build upon, and yours with which to grow.
Though you cannot live in the past, you can draw from the value you created there. Invest today's actions with the wealth of experience you've accumulated, and that investment will immediately begin to pay dividends.
Live your passion, do your dream, and feel wonderfully alive in each moment. This life is now yours, so experience in it every richness you can imagine.
-- Ralph Marston"