In life, we experience many highs and lows, new life - and death; no one said it would be easy, right? Last week, my first as part of SparkPeople, was great! I lost 4 pounds, tried some great new recipes, had fun keeping track of my food. This week was more than a little bit challenging.
We all have troubling times; at some point, we all find ourselves staring death in the face; no matter how organized we are, real life can disrupt all of our best laid plans. In these circumstances, it's easy to fall back on old habits, looking to food for comfort; drowning our sorrows in a bag of Cheetos, numbing the pain with carrot cake, quelling the grief with an ice cream bar.
It's so easy to forget to be grateful, especially in the tough times. Every challenge we encounter, no matter how difficult, can make us stronger, can purify us, like gold in the refiners fire. Yes, my Uncle Henry died this week - but I thank God - even as I cry.
I'm so grateful to be alive to enjoy the pleasures and push through the pains.
I'm grateful that I have a wonderful family, with whom I have spent many wonderful hours, laughing, eating, joking, hugging - loving. If the memories weren't so sweet, the grief wouldn't be so painful. So many wonderful memories of times spent together - it's worth every tear I cry now. I'll accept the tears, because I loved my Uncle and he loved me.
I'm extremely blessed to have the support of friends who know everything about me and love me anyway! I am surrounded by a body of believers who help carry my burdens and share my joy.
Now I'm a part of this wonderful community who have reached out to a virtual stranger to offer condolence in my time of sadness. I never thought I'd be so touched by "virtual" condolence bouquets. I'm so pleased I was introduced to SparkPeople. It's great to be among so many other folks who know the pain I'm going through. You know the challenges - you've faced them yourselves. It's such a blessing to be here.
All of us need to be reminded from time to time that life is a journey worth living - that, even with all the pain and pus, God has a plan for us. As I've heard others say, when we encounter trials, we can be bitter or get better; we can rise to the challenge or fall on our face. Life is a gamble - sometimes we gain, sometimes we lose. Weight loss isn't the be all and end all. A long and healthy life isn't guaranteed. Growing, improving, practicing, praying, building, changing, trying, failing, persevering, succeeding, falling down and getting up again; it's all part of life. And, isn't it GLORIOUS!
In memory of Henry Francis George - I love you, Uncle Henry!
P.S. Because I was with my mom on Friday, helping her grieve over the loss of her last surviving sibling, I didn't get to TOPS to weigh in. I want to keep my weight record consistent by using the same scale every week. I'll weigh in next week and will report that weight then. Blessings!