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Dwell in Possibility
It’s been awhile. I’m back.
Life can change in an instant.
Life changes on a daily basis. Sometimes the changes are good, or seem good or even great at the time. Sometimes changes are not as welcome or don’t seem in your best interest or in the best interest of the ones you love.
Let’s take a moment to “Dwell in Possibility” as Emily Dickinson said.
What possibilities dwell in the life changes or challenges or wonderful happenings that occur in our daily lives? So many possibilities! So many possible choices. So many possible scenarios. So many possible reactions to these changes. So many possible consequences for those choices and reactions to these changes.
So many things to talk about and we will talk soon.
~ dottie grace ~
“The Secret Of Having It All Is Believing That You Already Do”
As I contemplate Memorial Day weekend, the above quote kept coming to mind.
On Memorial Day I went to the grave of my Mother and Father. My Father died over 20 years ago and I lost my Mother less than a year ago. My parents were part of “The Greatest Generation.” They both served in WWII. My Father was in the U.S. Army and the Battle of the Bulge and my Mother was in the Coast Guard. Neither of them talked much about their service, but they were proud to have served their country and did so honorably.
It isn’t only because they served in WWII that they are part of the “Greatest Generation.” They were part of a generation that was growing up before and during WWI, during the Great Depression, and came of age during WWII. They lived through and witnessed many world changing and life changing events. Both of my parents grew up in humble circumstances, working very hard for everything they had and at times they barely had enough to survive. But they made it. They met each other. They made a great life together. They made a wonderful life for my brothers and me.
I will say, unabashedly, that I had a nearly perfect childhood because of the work hard ethic and sacrifices (that I had no idea they were making at the time) these two wonderful people made. We were never wealthy in terms of money and material things, but we always had what we needed, and more. The most important and most valuable thing they gave us was love and time.
Growing up, my brothers and I had it all. We had a comfortable home, parents who loved us, always enough to eat………homemade good stuff to eat. We had nice clothes – my mother never bought cheap. We had family traditions and lots of family time together. We had security. We had love. Everything they did for us, they did with love.
I believed then, when I was young, that I had everything I needed and my parents did their best to give me the things I wanted as well. I still believe, as a single mother and grandmother that I have it all. I have beautiful, healthy children. I have a great job. I have one grandson and another one on the way. I have my health. I have family and friends who love and take care of me. I have it all because I believe I do. What I have is all I need.
It’s not the “stuff” that qualifies as having it all. It’s the people, the relationships, the love, that prove to me that I have it all.
Thank-you Mom and Dad for teaching me and being examples to me of what “Having It All” really means.
“The Greatest Generation” comes from a book of that title by Tom Brokaw
~ dottie grace ~
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