I seem to be missing on the blogosphere more than present in the past few months. Life has taken many strange twists and turns-as we all realize~and I am here but also profoundly affected by all that has transpired in this year.
Unlike this slogan appearing on shirts all over America, I firmly believe there is something to be learned--some lesson to gleam from all that has transpired this year. One particular thing I have been reminded of is to not ask
"What ELSE could possibly happen?"
That seems to be just asking for trouble!
After being locked down tight since March 13, I left Labor Day and spent the next six weeks helping #1 Daughter with Virtual School. I came away with a deep admiration for teachers--I already admired them--but virtual school took it up a couple more notches.
I could write a book on the four weeks of sitting by a kindergarten students elbow "doing school."
I came home nine days ago to isolate for 10 days before heading to help with #7 grand. After six weeks of being with a family of six and all the wonderful chaos that entails--it has been quite an adjustment to being home and completely alone. Looking forward to my time helping with this little wonder~
One of the things I have observed while gone and then isolated, is the circle of life continues--whether I am in the midst of it or not.
A dear friend's beloved father in now in hospice with days left on this earth. He is a wonderful and Godly man-beloved by all who know him. Certainly one of the finest men I have ever known. His family adore him and are searching for how to let him go and how to go on without him. What a wonderful and remarkable legacy.
So I head to Austin to help with one who is just beginning his trek through this crazy world and others are sitting by the bedside of the loved one who has lived a long and productive life trying to help him leave this world wrapped in a cocoon of the love they feel for him. The circle of life is a beautiful thing--even in the midst of all that is happening in this eventful year. A year for the record books filled with the every day trek through life. Don't wish away what might seem to be a nightmare of a year---embrace the ordinary and remember the gift of life is a blessing. No matter how bleak things may seem-there is always joy found in the midst of life and lessons to be gleamed in every circumstance.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.