“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein
first robin sighting
golden sun streaming
fresh air breathing
I was so astounded to see the beautiful lemon and sunshine yellow bracelet from my friend Cindy, show up in my mail. She wrote a beautiful note and said I "inspired," her. THANK YOU!
I have to admit, I'm still looking for "that" girl. "That" woman. I'm looking over my shoulder when I hear about "her." When Superman comes home from the store or a hockey practice and says everyone was asking about "her." Or "me." "Me," I think? Really? Mostly I still feel like the girl next door, the stay at home mom, who writes a blog and lives her life full, and oh yeah, battles cancer on the side.
So I put my bracelet on and let the word percolate, and steep into me, wondering what I might learn.
And then I found this card in my mailbox… and laughed… thats been me when I think of spring. But suddenly spring is making a little appearance. The temperatures have finally hit the mid 50's and gosh do they feel warm.
It was the inside of the card that really did me in however.
My friend Linda who has a beautifully written blog here, wrote to tell me the college students in one of her classes followed my blog all quarter and they held a fundraiser for me! Thank you to everyone who conceived the idea, gave of their time and energy and all who contributed!! So honored and blessed by you all!
And there in her words to me was that word again, inspire.
So I took a closer look.
: to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create
: to cause (something) to happen or be created
What I have discovered, is that I grow inspired by all of you. I'm surrounded by inspiration everywhere I look. My "Choose Joy," pillow. My baskets filled with cards. The bookshelves filled with books. The delicious meal cooked for us last week- so tasty- thank you Sharon! My prayer shawls, the blankets on my bed, the gift cards, the fundraisers… the love and inspiration that comes through all of that does more for me than I can ever muster into writing a thank you note back to you. My words fail, they simply are not big enough for the enormous amount of inspiration you all give to me.
Tomorrow, Sanford (my healthcare provider) is coming to interview me for a story. They're sending out a photographer and then I will also talk with someone and be interviewed so that I can share my cancer story. I've been trying to prepare what I am going to say. But one look at all the beautiful gifts that surround me, and my inspiration is everywhere my eyes land.
In the meantime, its a busy week. Rick is going with my mom for an endoscopy test her doctor wants to perform tomorrow. Her hemoglobin has dropped down suddenly and Dr. J wants to make sure she isn't bleeding internally.
I will head up to the clinic as soon as I am finished with my interview.
Nolan has also been honored to be asked to play with another AAA hockey team this weekend. We will be going to Grand Forks Friday and staying till Saturday night, with a Sunday game tbd.
Live inspired everyone. Hope you discover what helps you live inspired!