Today I was sitting in the courtyard when I noticed three wild turkeys enjoying the flowers with me. I watched them for quite a while and thought, “You guys are seriously out of place!” It made me think of that saying, “Bloom where you’re planted.” Then my brain turned to my personal life circumstances. Who would’ve ever thought I would be residing at Sunshine Terrace (a rest home) or unable to walk, or not utilize my right side, or not care for myself? (I won’t even get started at what I thought my husband and kids could do!)

Man, I am not in the position I assumed I’d be at this time. I feel very out of place. Now I’m not going to start singing the “Live your life to fullest, you just never know” song. (Unless you need to hear it, then there it is.) My train of thought is going to another station.

Even though our feet aren’t planted where we intended to ultimately take root, we must make the most of it while we are on our journey. (I’m just full of idioms today!) We spend our lives wishing for that “Impossible Dream.” It might be in the possible future, but it’s imperative for our happiness to live in the now or the present reality. We might reflect back on this time with fond memories, but we will most probably be glad to be past our current situation. (The fondness level might vary.)

In many cases, we are the master of our reality. We work and act and improve our lives. Then there are those times, (like in my life) when we can’t change our reality even though we desire it greatly. We do possess the power to turn that frown upside down, and make the situation better just by changing our attitude while this season of our life is happening. See the good.

I have chosen to make friends, make fun of myself, and bide my days here as best I can. I try to consider the feelings of others in all I do. (Shouldn’t we always?) I feel like if I can make another’s day lighter, I, too, will have an equally improved day.

Sooner than later I will be home with my family. But for now, I will do my best to show the true colors of my pedals, improve and thrive, and enjoy my time right here in my present. Remember: “It’s good to be alive right about now!”

I took this picture with my nose on my iPad!

Lucky Blessing #4 – Food

Lucky Blessing Challenge #4- A Lucky Blessing is Food. 

If you go without something for awhile it becomes even better! I had a trach for four months, and I spent about three and a half on a feeding tube with some yellow junk keeping me satisfied. (If you can call it that!) When I started eating it was ice chips and puréed (baby) food. I was so done with that really quick! Darin bought me an Arby’s roast beef sandwich, which was heavenly! I had no trouble with it. So he kinda told them he did it, and that is when they changed my diet to real food! Different tastes we’re so scrumptious! Juice is now a little too sweet, and carbonation bugs my throat. (I still drink Dr. Pepper, but flat is better.) Don’t take food for granted! God blessed us so many yummy tastes. When I eat in the dining room here at Sunshine Terrace, they beg people to eat. Not me, I eat every bite with gratitude and enjoyment. Even though sometimes people overindulge, we have been blessed with so many amazingly delectable foods! Joy can be found by moderatly consuming and appreciating God’s gifts of flavorful food. Manga!