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“Gratitude is the real treasure God wants us to find, because it isn’t the pot of gold but the rainbow that colors our world.”
Richelle E. Goodrich
” And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”
–Gilbert K. Chesterton
“Prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.’

—Maya Angelou

FINALLY……..Dan, Christopher and I were able to get away for a much needed almost six days of relaxation in Florida.

It was exactly what the doctor ordered!
We saw at least seven or eight rainbows in the six days we were gone.  I took that as a beautiful sign from God that the “storm was over”.  Amen!  Eight rainbows, seriously!

I truly believe that we all have to be open to the signs.  God speaks to us in many ways, if we will just stop and listen.   How could I not hear that message from our Creator, loud and clear????

A change of scenery after a very stressful six months was REALLY nice.  Other than the continued fatigue and tenderness…..which is improving every day…..I almost forgot about what I had been through, at least for a few moments here and there.

I am looking forward to the day when I can put this all behind me and feel 100 percent again.  Not that I want to totally “forget” any of what I’ve been through in the past six months.  I truly believe there was a reason why I had to go through what I did.  To slow down the pace, to grow, to learn, and eventually, to be able to help others in a more meaningful way.

I will strive to be better person physically, emotionally and spiritually for having gone through this, and hopefully be able to use my experience to help and inspire others to live a better life as well.  I’ve heard it said that “it is our birthright to live an inspired and happy life”.  Why do so many of us wander through this world so tired, stressed and uptight?

There has got to be a better way.  To work hard, but to slow things down.  To sacrifice for your children, your parents and others….but to not sacrifice who you are.  To take such great care of yourself, that you are fully able to take care of others and help them thrive, while you thrive as well.   To enjoy the moments and not let the little things, or the big things, get you down.

To wake smiling with excitement for the day ahead, and then when your head hits the pillow at night  – to feel happy and satisfied with a job well done, whatever that job may have been for you today.
Doesn’t that sound so much better than rushing through the day, so worried about the future that you are barely present for what you are actually experiencing at that very moment??

One day, when my friend Megan and I were walking, I said to her “We can’t spend too much time worrying about what  COULD BE, that we forget to enjoy WHAT IS!”  The present moment, the little blessings happening right in front of our eyes on a daily basis.

I love the quote by Robert Brault  “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

It really rings true to me.  I know I need reminders like that in my life.  I can say, when I am in the present moment and enjoying the little things, my life is so much richer and so much sweeter.

Let’s continue this journey together, and find a way to make our entire lives much richer and much sweeter!  I am blessed to have YOU to go through this with…..please join me in living an inspired life.

We can change our lives, the lives of our loved ones….and we can help change our own little corner of the world.   And that, my friends, will have ripples across the world……..With Love,  Mary

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