Only to find out that all of those red flags and blaring sirens and gut aches......were right! We were back on the roller coaster....not for long this time. She was back in treatment mid-April. She keeps going back, bless her heart.
I however, have been knocked off my center and can't seem to find my way back. There is a lot playing into it....it doesn't all rest on my girl's shoulders. She is doing fine for today, even considering a year long faith based program in another state. We will see, but I think it would be so good and I am praying.
We have had 4 deaths this month of friend's kids, and a mom I knew...all drug/alcohol/suicide related. They are all devastating losses. Wonderful, beautiful, kind people who lost their way. I just can't even put into words how these passing's have affected me. I feel so sad for the families.....especially the most recent, who is one of my very dear friends. Our kids have been friends since they were pre-school age.
Not to be compared to the above, but Molly is planning a trip to Mexico where the drug cartel are chopping off heads, and the school year is ending which means its super busy and big brother is miserable and not receptive to any of my good advice!
I don't usually read the newspapers or watch the news....but I heard about the UCSB shooting and I just felt like its all too much some days. There is just so much sadness.
This morning on my walk with my friends, we were talking about the "parable" of the two wolves.
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
So what am I feeding? Sadness, depression, defeat, hopelessness? Or gratitude, hope, joy, progress, and truth? I am trying to keep my eyes on the good, praying prayers of gratitude, praying for God's grace to be on those I care about who are suffering. I am thinking about God being the burden bearer.....not me. I am not strong enough for the job, even though I like to think I am. I am again brought to an awareness of my powerlessness and how little I get to control....and thats ok. Its a relief when I can embrace it. When I can acknowledge my fear and be honest about where I am, no shame, no hiding, just honest communication with God, I find relief in the honesty. Its when I fight the process and try to keep my fingers in the pie and the plates juggled up above my head that the trouble begins.
So for today, I am trying to feed the good wolf. Tomorrow I am staying home all day. I am going to sleep in, fill my bird feeders, drink coffee in the cool morning air out on my deck, get laundry done, and get ready for our last week of school....whoo hoo!!! And go to secretary my Monday night meeting, where they all understand, because we are so similar there in that room.
Come to me all who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28
Yeah, that would be me.
Much love to all.....