Mindful Magnificence

The brilliant orange of an autumn leaf, the surprising look on my laughing daughter’s face and my limited abilities-these are some things I noticed while being mindful this week. Being mindful of all things around me while also being present to experience them as discussed in last Wednesday’s post (Look Up & Pay Attention) is not an easy …

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The Thank You Note

Tears welling up in my eyes, I slowly opened the card.  Reading the carefully handwritten words of love and gratitude, the tears overflowed, streaming down my face.  I had discovered the card sorting through my mom’s things after her funeral.  Among them this thank you note, written in my hand, sent to her and Dad …

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Breakfast & Tunes to Fill you

For this Friday-food and music to fill you-body, mind & soul! A while back my wonderful friend Lori gave me this granola recipe I love – it’s healthy, full of whole grain protein and not too much sugar (uses agave instead).  I have tweaked it and added my comments to the recipe below. I eat it with …

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Look up & Pay attention

“Pay attention!”  These words echo from childhood, I say them to my children, but even more often I say them to myself.  It’s my mantra. What I pay attention to matters so I don’t miss the subtle, important moments of life. The small moments of life are what I want to remember.  A quiet whisper …

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Optimal, not just Functional

“Let’s warm up with jumping jacks”, said the running group leader.  “No problem”, I thought.  While jumping, I turned to look goofily at my daughter who was with me.  Mid-turn, my leg gave out and I suddenly and obviously fell to the pavement. “I’m good!”  I cheerfully said while pulling myself off the ground in front of 20 women and girls I didn’t know very well.  My knee wasn’t painful, but wasn’t entirely right either.  But I pressed on, my daughter ran off and I went walking with a few women.

While walking, I turned to chat and boom-down again!  Once more a smiling, “I’m fine” came out of my mouth as I hoisted myself off the gravel a bit slower this time.  Three miles later I was okay, until it gave out a few more times at home.  I finally whispered to my husband, “I think I did something to my knee.”

Fast forward a few months–past the Dr.’s appointments, MRI, and PT to help me identify if I want to live with a stable, but torn ACL or have surgery. I realized my knee is fairly stable, but it’s only functional, not optimal.  It is time for surgery.

Can I live with it?  Yes.

Do I want to? Not anymore.

I want more for my life.  I want to live an optimal existence and this knee is hindering me. Optimal and not just functional is how I want to live for Jesus as well.

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” ~John 6:29 NLT

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