Yesterday I actually got to save a life. It made my day! And on the last day of winter! Here's what happened--I changed the water to our beautiful bird bath--which is white and the fresh water glistened in the sun. The birds are going to love this," I thought.
Early afternoon I decided to walk out back again to see how warm it was getting. I noticed a small black speck in the bird bath, so I got close to examine. I saw it was a lady bug on it's back and struggling hard! I quickly scooped the palm of one hand under it, and raised her up, allowing the water to go through my fingers. I started taking to the lady bug, saying, "You will be ok, just wait a minute and dry off. You're going to be ok." … The little bug ran around my hand and forearm, and I kept saying, "Just let the sun dry you off-you're going to be ok. Suddenly, the lady bug dropped or fell from my arm and I looked down to see where it landed. There on a blade of grass, it crawled to the top and flew away!
I was so happy, I was dancing on sunshine! ..
… And to think I was about to leave soon, and would not have come into the back yard to discover this little one.
Then I realized, the blog I wrote just a few days ago--had me feeling just like the little lady bug--helpless and struggling! I like to write blogs that inspire, and encourage, and Saturday's blog was one where I was literally 'worn down' from the chronic pain I live in. But YOU .. so many of you read my blog and reached out in the most caring and loving way ever!!
The outpouring was tremendous! You told me--I did not have to be 'perfect' or upbeat every single day, that I was inspiring to others, but told me-now it was my turn. You told me you appreciated me being honest--that it really was ok to have a bad hair day and share it with the spark community.
I can't thank you enough--and I want each and every one of you to know--your compassion definitely lifted me up! … (I started thanking each individually for the blog love and goodies--and still have to watch computer time for my neck) so I decided to write one thankyou.
And last, I have to give you a big hug!
Not only did you show empathy and support, but so many of you shared what you are going through as well. If we keep things to ourselves, then no one 'out there' knows. My heart goes out to those of you who also have autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, and more. I am certainly never happy to know others are suffering--but what is comforting is knowing we are never alone!
I won't try again to thank each person later--so I will say THANK you now! I am so happy to be a part of sparks--where friendship is a very real thing! … On that, HAPPY spring--it is officially here today! ..
(This is the link to the blog I was referring to) .. On Being Honest ..