Lesson vs Hassle

“Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable, determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden  

I had an “ah-ha” moment yesterday. It bubbled to the surface as I wrote my morning pages. It involves my meltdown over medications prices.

What if I’d seen that whole series of encounters and interactions as a “learning experience” instead of a hassle?

It should be called a lesson since that is exactly what it was.

I am still learning this world or retirement and how this status changes things in my new world. That entire day gave me some valuable insight, a very important thing since I will celebrate my 65th birthday this year. Every person I spoke to or met that day was incredibly helpful and informative. Everyone took extra time with me, explaining things, one kind soul even grabbed a sticky note and a pen so she could share very specific information with me.

Because I chose to focus on the inconvenience of it all, I missed the fact that, thanks to this long and arduous experience, I’d learned how to navigate through this  process, ensuring, at the very least, better odds of success next time.

Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank you for all that is good in my life.

My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation, for sleep and water, for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.

I thank you, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult. When my heart feels stretched and empty, and pools of tears form in my weary eyes, still, I rejoice that you are as near to me as my next breath and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning.

In the silence of my soul, I thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love.

~Rabbi Naomi Levy~

I am…

B…simply being…

Be kind to yourself and others, my dear friends, remembering how precious you are and how very much you are loved.


Thanks again today, my friend, Kimberlee Salimeno, for granting me the use of another one of her wonderful pictures. I love you.


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