A few weeks ago I went to the post office with a lot of packages to ship out from orders from my online shop. I had so many that I had to put them in a bag to hold them all. The line was long and I was waiting for what seemed like forever. I could have easily complained about the time that it took to get to the front of the line but instead I thought of the days when I prayed to have multiple orders to ship. Same with now. I can either complain about having more time at home or be grateful for more time with my family, more time to take care of my mental health, and more time to tune in to my gifts. When I choose the latter and shift to a place of gratitude, I am able to see the gift in everything. By the time that I got to the front of the line I asked to buy 20 stamps. I wanted them to send out some thank you cards. The clerk said “The only stamps that we have left are ones that say “love” and “celebrate”.” I responded, “That’s perfect! That’s all I want to do from here on out.” She looked at me with a puzzled look, probably wondering how I could smile in the middle of this pandemic and what I possibly had to celebrate. I’m not sure what her thoughts were exactly but this pandemic has shown me that we should not take our time here on planet earth for granted and celebrate the time that we do have as a gift.
We celebrated Legend’s 2nd birthday this week. Once on his actual birthday Tuesday April 14th and again on yesterday April 19th with our family on zoom. I’m so thankful that our “big boy joy” as I call him reached another milestone. I remember how last year we were told that his health could start declining by this age, but he’s doing the opposite. He’s getting stronger every day. I’m so proud of how much he has grown and the strength that he embodies daily. In doing some reflecting on Legend’s birthday, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude to the Creator for the simple fact that Legend’s whole life has been a gift dating back to his time in the womb. Embracing this gift has come with some challenges but the rewards have far exceeded even the most painful moments. Being able to recognize the gift in this all has been a process of gaining divine wisdom and a deeper appreciation for life. Similar to this quarantine experience, even with the challenges this time has definitely been a gift in itself. I know that these are uncertain times but I’ve made a decision that I’m going to use the rest of my time living to express love and celebrate life. No matter what is going on, if I have breath in my body, I still have the gift of life and I can still use that gift to love. I pray that you find inner peace no matter where you are right now on your journey and are able to do the same.