January 26, 2022

Candy kiss

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly
given in its place.” ― C.S. Lewis

The last few weeks have been really tough. My husband had major surgery in July and his recovery has been beyond difficult for him. As his partner and best friend, I have been helping him regain his strength, but it’s been a hard road.

There have been times of despair – that our struggle will never end, that my husband will be in endless pain, and many other gloomy prospects.

On top of our personal situation, there is the pandemic and fear that one of us could come down with Covid 19, especially since we are in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals. The isolation of the past few months hasn’t helped our outlooks either.

The beat goes on

Wait. There’s more. We have two elderly cats, one 17 and the other 18. The younger one howls with great regularity and for no apparent reason.

Cat #2 hasn’t been that high maintenance, but I accidentally struck her with my car the other day. Miraculously, she was not injured. Our cats don’t have 9 lives; they have 39.

I’ve been trying to take care of myself in this trying time – exercising, eating healthy foods, journaling and doing some of my favorite things (coloring and reading.)

Unexpected blessing

Still, it’s been hard to avoid feeling hopeless and to forget the good that is in my life.

And then, out of the blue, a blessing. My niece Caroline and my sister Kathryn sent me a box of Nestle’s Crunch bars – my favorite. I felt so loved and encouraged by this generous, simple gesture.

I think there are 40 candy bars in the box. I tell you that because in the next few weeks I’ll be gaining about 100 pounds. And I’ll love every bite.

Writing spark

What unexpected blessings have you experienced in the last difficult months? How have others shown they care about you? Have you been able to offer encouragement and hope to anyone? My sister has written letters to 50 people, missives of caring to many friends from the past and present. A friend on a long road trip called me unexpectedly to check on my husband and me.

Take a few minutes to write down the blessings you have received and what they mean to you. Consider, too, what you might do to pass on the good wishes.

“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things.” ― Maya Angelou

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