New Roads Ahead

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As 2016 came to a close, I made a choice to let go of the past and keep my sights on what lies ahead.  I decided to do my best to only look back if I needed to smile or laugh.  I always love the prospect of a new beginning, a fresh start to the new year.  I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions; however, I believe in the power of intention and adopting new and empowering beliefs.

When we make a resolution for the new year or a new intention, what if we were to begin by believing that we are enough just as we are, that we are loved more than we could ever imagine or that we are worthy of the best things in life?

Rather than focus on the pain and difficulty of 2016, I want to take the lessons learned as well as the joyful memories.  I have learned the importance of gratitude, acceptance and compassion.  With each passing day without my son, I realize more and more how precious life is – a gift to be cherished and enjoyed.

The other morning, I came across the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.  I decided that the words of this prayer would mirror my New Year’s resolution.

francis-of-assisi_lr-2-900This prayer is an antidote to depression because it helps us to look outside of ourselves and in doing so, we may realize that our problems are not as monumental as they seem.  It also reminds us that by serving and loving others, we become God’s hands and feet.

Thank you for reading my blog in 2016.  I hope to post more frequently and most of all I hope to bring a ray of sunshine to someone’s day.  I hope you had a wonderful New Years and wish you a prosperous 2017!

Laundry

Laundry.  Something that never goes away.  Just when we think we are all caught up, in the blink of an eye it’s “five feet high and rising”.  Whether it’s something we do once a week or once a day, we usually do not look forward to it.

th-11During Christian’s last year his care took more time and so did the laundry.  It was something I had the hardest time keeping up with.  I had a system worked out but as caregiving demands grew, time to do laundry became scarce.  When I folded the boys’ clothes, I always had 6 pairs of pants, 6 shirts, etc.  The number of any item of the boys that I folded was always an even set number.  When Christian passed away last October, one of the hardest things for me to do, along with setting the table and setting out pills, was laundry.  The reasons, of course, were completely different.  For one thing, it was easier and took less time because there was less clothes.  What was once even and in sets of 6 became odd and in sets of 3.  This made me feel guilty.  For another, I missed folding his clothes:  His Jeff Gordon t-shirt which he wore every race day, his Call of Duty shirt which I always liked the feel of and I thought looked great on him and all of his Star Wars shirts.  Christian’s Star Wars shirts defined what he was most passionate about, which defined him.

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We set Christian’s Jeff Gordon t-shirt out for the Daytona 500
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Most of his t-shirts were Star Wars themed

Today when I folded the darks, I had 3 shirts and 3 pairs of pants.  I began to feel sad but felt a little better when I looked up at Christian’s Samus (from Super Metroid) poster that I hung up above the folding table.  I realized that I was thankful that I still had Drew’s and Dave’s clothes to launder and as long as I am washing them and folding them, it means they are still in my life.  Maybe laundry wouldn’t be such a chore if we viewed it as an act of love.

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My favorite shirt which I will keep forever