Gratitude is a mind changer. . . Acceptance is the pathway.

I am feeling so very grateful presently because a very dear friend got a good report from her doctor this morning.  We all love her so much and have been walking through this illness with her, as much as we can, but you can never quite prepare yourself for the news, particularly if it isn’t good.  We are all breathing a big sigh of relief, as is she and her family, of course.  But the real lesson here is being able to accept what ever the news might have been.  That’s not so easy. Practicing acceptance, followed by creating a gratitude list on the spot, are two significant actions we can take on a daily basis. Either of them helps us move forward but both of them together promises a leap forward in our level of peace.

It’s not easy to turn our lives over to the care of a Higher Power but it’s possible if we apply a bit of willingness.  It’s that very act of surrendering that allows us to know that God is part of every equation and will walk us through every experience.  One of the significant things about my friend’s experience was that she allowed so many of us to join her  circle of healing too.  She never felt alone and we always felt a part of her healing.  That’s how it should always be for any one facing any thing.

As  I’ve said so many times in so many of my writings, here and elsewhere, our companions have not “accidentally” wandered on to our path.  They were sent. We have an “arrangement” that is beneficial to each of us.  Knowing that makes it easier to invite in to our circle the people who have come.  It also makes it easier to accept the circumstances that have come with them.  Does this mean that when illness strikes, it’s part of God’s equation too?  I am not privy to God’s will in this instance and have chosen to not believe that God visits pain or illness on any one.  But I do believe that his loving presence is always available to us to walk us through whatever is “visiting” us.  And I do believe that the people who are part of the circle are there to serve as angels in skin, as God’s emmisaries throughout the experience.

Being grateful for this belief has made my journey on this planet peaceful, sensible and ever so exciting.  I hope yours feels the same way too.


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  2. Very great post. the knowledge is second to none. i’ll check back to ascertain if you post new stuff. Thanks

  3. noreen keating says:

    I have multiple myeloma, which is a blood cancer, I am 61 and was diagnosed at 59, and am currently doing chemo. I remember first being diagnosed telling the dr. that he had the wrong blood because I felt fine.

    I thank God that he waited until I raised my 8 children and I retired and have very little responsibilities.

    I have a good life, I have had many offers of help and rithe now my husband comes to every chemo session and dr. appt.

    My concern is that is it too much for him? and should i be giving him a break from coming each time? He has just celebrated 20 yrs of sobriety. I am in alanon and dabble in oa.

    • Hi Noreen,
      I am so glad you have written. I have 3 very good friends living with cancer at this moment. It’s my guess that your husband feels very good about being able to accompany you. Hug him and be done with the worry. Okay?
      Love to you. I’ll add you to my long prayer list.

  4. Dear Karen, Looking forward to your Oct visit to Daylesford Abbey,
    Do men attend your conferences? I am hopeing a few of my daughters and I can attend along with my husband as we want to help ourselves and be educated and changed to help one another. Cindy

    • karencasey says:

      Absolutely, this is for men too. I already know a few men who plan to come. Looking forward to seeing you there. Thanks for writing.
      Peace, Karen

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