A Thankful Thought this Thursday
Last week I tried to make a video to share. An incredible fail creating all sorts of anxiety and chaos for myself! I wanted to share with you a video message about my friend Ainsley, who has Down’s Syndrome, and her unique way of keeping me focused on the things that truly matter.
Ainsley is 19 and I call her “Joe”. That was my nickname when I was growing up with Joe’s mom. She texts me frequently throughout the day. My first check in is always a simple “Good morning friend!” I can hear her voice as I read it and yet I so often barely smile to my poor husband when I head out to get my coffee. Yet her text reminds me that every day is essentially good, it just depends on my attitude. And so I choose to smile.
She then asks me, “What are you doing today friend?” I pause when I respond and think, “I wonder whose life I can change or help out with today?” It makes me look beyond the “to do” list to a true purpose in helping others.bAnd of course there is the question of meals. “What are you having for lunch today friend?”
Joe breaks into my busy day with such a simple question, that I answer the same almost every time, and yet the asking of it brings me back to awareness within my day.
This message gives me perspective and calms my “Wild Mustang Mind” from racing ahead. We so often move throughout our day with little true awareness of the simple pleasures.
Of course the APB is what I speak of again and again and to bring us back to awareness, and so I must “walk the talk” and just before I eat I gain Awareness, Pause, and take 5 Breaths to be present.
These are moments that I stop to give thanks. Joe reminds me that every moment is a choice to celebrate that we have those we care about and they care for us. We are not alone. We are never truly alone in our kindred spirit.
In my video I was also sharing a message of prayers and condolences to the families of the children that passed away at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
It is the pause, the pause that Ainsley has taught me to take, that will be precious to these families as they pause to remember their child’s first step, first word, birthdays and so many more that are memories that no one can ever take from them.
Joe does know of loss. She was very close to her grandmother whose funeral I was honoured to officiate for. Joe’s message to me that day, “You say good words my friend.” Words cannot effectively express the sadness, the fear, or the anger that such deep loss of these children, their teachers, and those that were so deeply loved elicit in us. The heroism of stepping in front of a bullet to shield students is something I honestly am unsure if I could do. My prayer is that I will never need to know that answer.
I call Thursdays, Thankful Thursday, a day of pausing in prayer for me. My thoughts and prayers are with these families. I am sending you love, that I know is extended from so many people in this time of tragedy.
May love enfold you
May precious memories uplift you
And may you know that you are never alone