Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. .♡
How was your weekend? I hope it was great! And, that you were able to experience a little friendship, and love…. and perhaps even a challenge or two. ..♡
Oh wait a second .. Did I really say that…!
Yikes, a roo…I believe I did. Of course, I’m only saying that, because in some ways, it’s those challenges that stretch us spiritually, and emotionally. This past weekend brought a few of my own. (grin)
Oh, don’t get me wrong dear friend. I had a fabulous weekend. My husband Joe pampers and spoils me ridiculously.
For example, this year he gave me cards from each of our furry kids (4) and one from the birds. .. because he said I am always feeding them. And, one from him. Because I provide a loving home. ♡ Yes, I’m, a pretty lucky Lady.
However, that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t challenged. On Saturday, I attended a beautiful women’s luncheon. It was sponsored by Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, Ca. There was an inspirational speaker. Her name is Rene’e Bondi. And, you might want to Google her
to read the complete story. She spoke about the challenges she has had to face in her life as a quadriplegic. I admired her in many ways, for how she has learned to face these challenges in her life. I also realized, that in order for her to accept these challenges…. She needed to surrender her will, and learn how to Let go of the old life she had lived before. My own challenge was this. As much as I admired this woman, and her journey…I also could not help but think of all the other people. .. that carry their own crosses daily. They might not be as obvious as being in a wheelchair, or not being able to walk. However, they are still struggling. In some ways, because their physical appearance looks “normal” one would never even think that anything was wrong.
My struggle was an “inner” one. (of course) I thought that perhaps some of my lovely friends who read “Marcia’s Cottage” might be facing challenges of their own. My heart was heavy. Perhaps, you are a single parent, or recently divorced. … starting a new job…Looking for a job. … working two jobs. I’m not sure what your “cross” might be, dear friend. However, I’m hoping, that somehow you too will be able to find an inner strength. .. and courage to walk through any fears you have. After listening to Rene’e I was reminded that each of us has an Un – tapped strength… that is more magnificiant than we could ever imagine.
It’s funny how I was both inspired, and heavy hearted, as I listened to another woman’s testimony about her struggles, witnessed her strength, saw her courage. So, as we begin this new week, I wish you continued strength in your journey.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. we ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be?