this was going to be 10 5 Things I love
(as inspired by Renee)
but it changed in my head & heart over night
T O D A Y
I am most thankful for women who care for other women: this is a constant thought in my life but somewhat heightened by the care I have been receiving in recent weeks as I have struggled with a bad bout of flu (made complicated by my heart situation) & now this horrendous shoulder pain thing.
Women: some young, & newly married, others amongst my peers, & some inbetween have bought me meals, lots of yummy soups, taken me to medical appointments, picked up shopping, come & visited, washed dishes, cleaned etc.
They have been gracious & supportive. They have made the struggles a little less isolating.
Friends arcoss the world have been reaching out via emails, comments, twitter etc. Most of these women I have never met, had limited contact with yet there concern & well wishes mean so much.
I loved this image I found through google images
Another example: a ‘darling’ friend of mine,
(more about her on Tuesday: I have a post schedule now – gotta love 31DBBB)
…travelled with a young friend’s mother for several hours, & for the first time this much troubled mum was able to unburden herself including shedding some tears. My friend just listened. I rang into the middle of this trip & this mum got to hear that the sharing of concerns takes place beyond herself, & in a quite natural way.
Never mind the studies & the science the truth is, for women it holds true that a problem shared is a problem halved. No solutions were offered, no quick fix found however the mum feels better for the sharing.
The words nurture * serve * empower (I wrote about them here) are active in my life: for the moment I am on the receiving end.
My firmament is generously scattered.
a little cheer me up quote just arrived from a sisterly-friend
“If the claws didn’t retract, cats would be like Velcro”
and yes, we really ought to end this post with this great song.