We are living in a difficult and disruptive time. The coronavirus pandemic has taken many lives, many jobs, and caused either the temporary or permanent closure of many businesses. It has forced us to isolate ourselves from social interactions when we need them most. We saw the killing in South Georgia of Ahmaud Arbery by a father and his son. We then witnessed the callous indifference of four Minneapolis police officers as they murdered George Floyd. Peaceful demonstrations demanding change were too often disrupted by violence and looting. It is difficult to be grateful amidst this chaos.
In 2007, after experiencing several, small strokes I was diagnosed with a rare brain disease called Moyamoya. I was told by a neurologist who misdiagnosed the disease that there was no cure, that I would continue to suffer increasingly debilitating strokes over the next three years before I died. He was wrong. I found the help I needed at the Moyamoya Clinic at Stanford Medical Center. Because of two, nine-hour brain surgeries, performed over a two-week period, by Dr. Gary Steinberg - I live. It was during my recovery that I discovered the words that have helped me to persevere through difficult times. They are tacked to my bulletin board. I read them every day. Maybe they can help you too:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – (Melodie Beattie)
David and I are grateful that though our family-business has been affected by shortages, we are able to continue making our all-natural soaps, lotions, and healing salves. They are much needed now. Delivery to the doorstep saves those who are most vulnerable from leaving the safety of their home.
God bless. Stay well.