As you know, I am incredibly grateful for all your prayers, healing thoughts and positive vibrations. I know that I tell you every time that I write, and you should know that I will continue to tell you.
Your prayers and intentions for my healing have an impact that leaves me awed.
My recent mammogram is officially normal. Yes!
In recent weeks, I developed this funky skin tag on my right eyelid. It felt annoying and uncomfortable, not to mention, unattractive, though feeling attractive should be the least of my worries.
A few weeks later, I showed the growth on my eyelid to my husband, an amazing doctor who can offer an ointment, treatment or a diagnosis for just about anything. He simply said, “Yep” in a tone that means, I see it and there really isn’t anything to be done.
So, I shifted to feel grateful for this little blip, tacked my prayers onto your healing prayers and, I kid you not, it was gone by the next morning. Gone.
In other health news, the bleeding returned. Even though I reached some high of gratitude with it in the past, reaching that high all over again looked like another mountain to climb.
In the meantime, I went rowing. The day was sunny and warm but slightly windy and I took out a skinnier boat than usual. After a slow start, I felt like I was doing pretty well and finding my rhythm. Then I began to get a bit full of myself and….I caught a crab.
Catching a crab is when your oar gets stuck in the water. In my case, it was because I feathered (turned) the blade before pulling it out of the water. It was probably also because I was stroking my ego instead of focusing on my stroke.
Looking almost Ivy League!
Just then, the handle of the oar stuck into my abdomen, pulling me backwards in the boat and holding me there, while my other oar flailed uselessly in midair. The boat tipped and I had a long minute of panic before I regained my center and my humility.
Enter Kathy of yinyangmother.com.
Kathy wrote some incredibly nice things about my approach to gratitude. Her writing left me feeling giddy, generally wonderful, and like we should all say nice things about each other on a regular basis.
Inspired by her post, I revisited the bleeding and again aimed to reach that high point of gratitude. In the midst, I suddenly remembered that all this gratitude started with one small step. In my really rough times, a friend challenged me to be grateful for at least three things when I woke every morning. She encouraged me to say those gratitudes out loud. And later, she challenged me to take five full minutes to list what I am grateful for.
In my first tries, those were a long five minutes. But I stuck with it.
Over time and without my realizing it, being grateful throughout the day became as automatic as breathing and came from the same depths of my soul as love. Like love, though, it isn’t always easy to maintain, but small steps can still move us.
Because I once reached an amazing space of gratitude, I believe that it is indeed possible to experience that. Because the growth on my eyelid went away, I believe it is indeed possible that the growths in my body can go away as well (and they may have already left). And because I do sometimes have a rowing stroke that feels amazing, I believe it is possible to have a few of those in a row.
Thank you for believing in all this with me. Your prayers and the energy of your belief in these possibilities help to make them all a reality, and I stand in awe.
Hi Marie, Yes gratitude is a balm for our souls, hearts and minds…maybe minds the most. It seems to be a close relative of unconditional love, and the fostering of that love for ourselves…well that is the shinning star of our lives, loving ourselves so much it spills over onto everyone else…..Thanks for this and may I say how much deep gratitude and awe I feel when my heart tips your way…
What a positive and inspirational woman you are….I enjoy the candid approach to life and its trials that you take….thinking of you and hope that I too can demonstrate the same outlook!! Keep it up girl 🙂
Catching a crab really through me off momentarily! Seriously, though, thanks for sharing your life and soul so intimately, Marie. It’s a huge gift of wisdom and guidance for the rest of us.
Thanks once again for timely sharing that speaks to my condition, as well.
The 5 minute idea seems like it would be the next step for me.
My western mind doesn’t quite want to believe the skin tag story; but I do believe it because YOU are recounting it, and because I’m beginning to grasp more and more what the mind/body research and insights from quantum physics and molecular biology are telling us; not to mention the old new testament stories of healing..
Good news on this rainy day!!!!
I love your blog, Marie.