Courage and Consolation 365 Day Journey

I found a gem of a book at Value Village yesterday. Titled, “Courage and Consolation” on the spine, I was curious as to what was inside. Pulling it down, it was obvious it was very old. An inscription inside confirmed my suspicions. I’m a sucker for a good, personal, inscription, and the older the date, the more I salivate over purchasing it. I immediately try and picture the situation, “In gratitude remembrance of such generous hospitality.” It appears this Mr Gathro (not sure if that is a G) hosted Regina for ten days. Could be a friend or family, but my romanticized mind imagined they had transportation issues, maybe their car broke down, or the horse threw a shoe. A generous and prominent individual hosted the stranded travellers.

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Wildflower Goals

I have allowed unrealistic expectations rule my life. I’m a big dreamer, which causes me to imagine what life could potentially be like, if only I, we, you would do this, that, or the other. I think a dreamers mindset is a strength, I also think that most strengths also have a weakness. My weakness of dreaming is jealousy.

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Being in the Moment

Rhett said to me the other night that the reason he loves hunting so much is because it forces him to be in the moment. Every movement, every sound, every bit of wind matters when you’re hunting. It all effects whether or not you have a successful hunt. There is not room for error. There is no room for thought beyond what you’re doing.

When he’s not hunting, Rhett has a hard time staying in the moment. His mind races and he jumps from thought to thought. I can relate with this, as my mind is often a chaotic place, most of the time it’s creating unrealistic circumstances that I must then navigate my way out of, ya know, in case the grocery store is ever invaded and held at gun point. I’d need to know how to safely get out of that situation.

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We Need Your Joy

A friend posted this caption today and it struck me hard. This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last week. It’s so hard to be joyful when there is so much destruction going on around you. Equally so, it’s so hard to embrace your joyful milestones and celebrations when someone you love is going through a storm.

I remember it all too well, in the midst of the chaotic storm I was going through, I had a lot of friends reach out to me and want to make time for me, allowing me to share my burden. I was so grateful for this and appreciative that my story mattered to them. But after a while it got hard. It got hard always focusing on me, always focusing on what was going wrong in my life. It was exhausting to continually update person after person about what was going on, how was I doing, how was Rhett, what can they do for me right now. Honestly, what I needed from them was a share in their joy and celebrations. I needed to hear about their lives; about their kid’s day at school, their recent birthday or upcoming trip. I needed to take the focus off the destruction happening in my life and turn my focus towards a joyful experience.

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Stay Humble

I don’t know how to write about humility, as my immediate response tells me to, “Get up, walk away, to speak would be to boast.” Finding, and remaining in a place of humility has been my focus over the last month or so. Originally it stemmed from the verse, 2nd Chronicles 7:13-14 that says, 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

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