What Is Lonnie's Room?

There is a room in our home to which I navigate more frequently than the others. It makes me feel secure, it is cozy, and it is quiet. From the peak of the room, there is a large rusty metal angel suspended by a very thin wire. It would apear as if the angel is hovering over me, protecting, and always present. The lighting in the room creates a virtual display of dancing shadows around the angel.

Every evening when I am in "MY ROOM", I think of what Luciano de Crescenzo once said, "We are all like one-winged angels. it is only when we help each other that we can fly."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There is a verse I read on an American Greeting Card which read:  "Hope is not pretending that troubles don't exist....It is the trust that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome.  It is the faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within to lead us through the dark to the sunshine."

Let us keep in mind as we forge forward on our journey through the difficult winter to emerge and bask in the sunshine of spring.  It is coming... I promise!  In July when we are complaining of the heat, retrieve those pictures you took this winter.  It is not that these snow storms all of a sudden got smaller or the winter has lessened.... it is just that they have lost their ability to overwhelm.  Think Spring!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year 2014 -- A New Chapter

I look at this new year as a new chapter in my life, and as this new chapter opens, it is  full of hope, excitement and curiosity.  I am anxiously anticipating being involved in family activities as always.  Ball games and recitals and holiday events to name a few.  Mind plans are in motion for activities and outreach programs for hospice.  I am trying not to dwell on insecurities with healthcare plans and cutbacks but to rely on my faith to keep me moving on through the dark tunnels we all face in life. I believe it is important to concentrate on the positives, and to laugh at silly things.  I want to skip through life like a child and be happy with what we have.  As I watch the Rose Bowl Parade with the theme, "Dreams Come True", I think how appropriate to start the New Year.  Dream a little or a lot, anything is possible during this year, and we can do anything we put our minds to.  Have a great chapter!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Could Have Been Me... But it wasn't!

I want to share something with you today that a friend had forwarded to me.    I do not know the author or precisely where this was taken from... but it could have been me at any time in the last year.  I chuckled as I read it and thought .. oh yeah.... could have been me.  Hope you enjoy and share in the wisdom of the words.
"Lord, Thou knowest me better than I know myself, that I am growing older and will someday be old.  Keep me from getting talkative, and particularly from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.  Release me from craving to try to straighten out everybody's affairs.  Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details, and give me wings to get to the point.  I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others, help me to endure them with patience, but seal my lips on my own aches and pains.  They are increasing and my love of rehearsing them is increasing as the years go by.  Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may  be mistaken."

Monday, June 10, 2013

Remedy Drive is a Christian rock group from Lincoln, Nebraska.  The following is a quote from David Zach, one of the members of the group.  I thought the quote was worth sharing with my followers:
"I see two tendencies in my own life:  I either get burned out by the weight of a situation and lose hope...., or I tend to put my hope in something that is not going to sustain the weight of my human heart.  But, there is always hope in the most desperate of times and the darkness must precede the dawn.  No matter what you are going through, hold on..... becasuse daylight is coming."

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Share a Story or Two!

As a grief counselor, I am a big fan of stories.    Stories are often how we introduce ourselves to others, find our common ground, build relationships and learn from others.  Vera Nazarian said  "The world is shaped by two things... stories told and the memories they leave behind".   I often refer to my grandfather who was always telling us silly stories, slapping his knee and laughing. I can't remember a single story, but I will always remember his character. Telling stories can make sense of the insensible, and leave great memories in their wake. He is a great memory.  What are some of your great memories?  Want to share?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gifts

Happy New Year to all my readers and followers.  I would like to start this year with a quote from  Neale Donald Walsch.

"Be a gift to everyone who enters your life.... you can always be a gift because you always are the gift... yet sometimes you don't let yourself know that.  When someone enters your life unexpectedly, look for the gift."

I look back over 2012 and think of all the people who entered my life during the year and the gifts they left in their wake.  Gifts come in all forms... a thought, a prayer, a word, a deed, an item, an emotion, a most unusual friendship, support or a smile.  How grateful I am for all those who took the time to be a gift to me.   May 2013 bring many small and meaningful gifts to you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Inspirations

To my followers.... my apologies for not blogging for several months.  I found myself to be on overload and the creativity just wasn't present.  Today I am trying to get back to basics and reconnect to those who follow my blog.    This last Sunday I had the honor of presenting the Memorial Message for Knapp Funeral Home Memorial Service.  What an honor that was for me.  As I looked out over the overflowing crowd, I recognized so very many of those attending.. either by hospice, support group, emergency department, or friends and business associations.  I feel that God has blessed me by giving me the opportunity to do what I do.  I meet remarkable people who struggle with great strength in an attempt to find some normalcy in life during the grieving turmoil.  Kristin Heitzmann once said, "Grief is a coat you put on and off, wearing it only until it has warmed the chill of loss, but not so long as to take the edge from memory."  My advice to those grieving is to embrace life... use your experience and gifts with inspiration and zeal to help others who are just beginning the journey you have traveled.