Shock; Listen; Sing; Thank God
When I was 18, I shocked my mother by dying my hair blonde and moving hundreds of miles away from home; At 27, my family was in shock to learn I was pregnant, single and determined to have the baby; Two years later I married a man outside of my race and shocked both sets of our grandparents; At 38 I shocked my husband when I told him I was pregnant with our fourth child; On my 40th birthday, I organized my own birthday party, wore a black mini-dress and leather boots and shocked a few friends from church; and now at 51, I'm still in shock at what I've been able to accomplish, see, and experience in just these last few years.
Every woman should listen. I'm told that I'm one of the world's best listeners. I don't know about the "world" but, I am a pretty good listener. Especially with strangers. And homeless people. And waiters and waitresses. And drunks.
One Sunday at church during the praise and worship time, my youngest daughter began to giggle uncontrollably. I thought maybe she had thought of something funny, but when I got her to finally stop laughing, she said with tears running down her cheeks, "Mom, you shouldn't sing. You are soooo off-tune!"
Gratitude is the thing that can move you from today to tomorrow. Often throughout my day, I hear myself thanking God for this or that --- sunsets, warm weather when it's cold, good food, my children, my husband, hormone replacement pills. I find it sort of difficult to complain and grumble while expressing thanks and gratitude. Try it for yourself. Gives thanks at least once a day, listen and watch for the extraordinary in the ordinary, and you may find yourself shocked by just the presence and the blessings of another day.
While at the doctor's office, a picture on the wall, titled, "Every Woman Should" intrigued me so much that I want to share it with you in this weekly series appropriately named: "Every Woman Should". Every Tuesday, I write about the next line in the poem/essay. Of course, I would love to hear about your experiences on the topic in either the comment section or on your blog. (Just grab the badge on the sidebar, but please be sure to link back here)