A few weeks ago, after girding and preparing myself for the day ahead, I gave a speech at my 45th college reunion where I mentioned this daily blog, as follows:
Also, seven years ago I expanded my network of friends by starting a daily blog. Every morning, including today, I’ve written about my heart, my son, my passion for the healing power of groups, my song-writing, my cats, my hopes, my fears, this speech — whatever helps gird me and prepare me for the day ahead.
Girding and preparing for the day ahead includes
- getting in touch with my priorities,
- observing what is,
- relentlessly celebrating the small things,
- awareness of loved ones who have passed,
- connecting with humans and other creatures, and
- sharing my photos from the day before.
I am girding and preparing myself for a day without the earthly presence of Deb, friends, family members, and other shining lights who have passed.
Girding and preparing myself includes listening to music I love. Yesterday, when I was walking amongst the creatures and environs around me, I was reminded of a musician I loved when I was young — Jacques Loussier, who played jazz versions of Bach pieces, like this one:
As always, girding and preparing includes sharing my gratitude to all, including YOU.