I’m sticking with this theme because when we arrived back home from Wichita Falls after attending Bob’s brother’s funeral, we were hit with the news of the loss of a very dear friend from church.
While the visitation, and the funeral service, and sharing with our family was comforting and very special, receiving this news has been crushing. I’ve been in a blue funk, so deep and minding blowing, I’ve done stupid stuff. Left my keys in my car and the car unlocked when I dashed in to the grocery store for a few things for supper last night.
Now this may be something you commonly do, but I do not. I searched the store figuring I’d put them down while looking at something, all the while knowing what I do is put them in my pocket. They always go in the pocket right after I lock the car. Somehow, I failed to do that yesterday. I was stunned when I turned the handle and the car door opened. It should’ve been locked. They were on the floor in the back where I’d dropped them getting a bag. Not like me at all.Of course, I was also waiting news of a health test. Without knowing the results, I faced my own mortality, which I think we always do when we lose a loved one. Finally, I got some control and realized if the test came back positive, I’d probably return to every 6 months test, which I did for several years, until I got several negatives. Got the results Wednesday, and it’s okay. I’m still on the annual test. I’m grateful, but this sort of stuff makes you look closely at your life and decisions.
It also turns me toward sources of comfort. Many times, on my blog I’ve shared Donna Bearden’s Mandalas. Here’s her link: https://www.donnabearden.com/ You can click on the contact section to request receiving them in your own email.
She makes me think and brings me comfort. I’ve put several here for you. Always sad to lose a loved one or friend, but especially so in December.
Live life fully. Tell your family and friends you love them. Do for others. Love your work. Stick together. Then we have a chance to beat back the darkness.
I’m hopeful for no more bad news and for a more upbeat post next week, which will be the December Newsletter. Have you started, finished your shopping? What about decorating? Always love to hear from you.