Sunday, September 09, 2007

Inspiration for the Week

Sunset on September 8, 2007

I am occasionally inspired to write an "inspirational" post about something I have found meaningful in my own life. Inspiration comes from friends, family, patients, events, and reading, to name a few sources. I have read some posts from other bloggers recently that have provided me with timely wisdom and guidance. Here are a few examples.

KGMom wrote a post entitled A New King in Egypt. It deals with major changes that can happen to anyone at anytime of their life. Paradigms shift frequently now and those who cannot adapt are left behind, often frustrated and angry. When changes happen in mid-life, they can be even more difficult to overcome.

I thought I had lost contact with Ginger when she started her new blog For any Eyes, but I have rediscovered her. Her posts are always inspiring, but these two were really meaningful to me. Sensitive Plant and The Parable of the Tea both were lessons that I needed to hear.

Talking about timely advice...
An incident occurred at work that tested my true mettle. I read a post by Mata H at Time's Fool called The Wolves that very day. It is a brief retelling of a Native American story about feeding the wolves in your life. Take a look.

Jayne from Journey Through Grace has been in a contemplative mood recently and posted this list of wise quotes in her post called Peace Within. There is something there for everyone and I particularly liked this one.

Do not let your years slip through your fingers by living in the past, nor in the future.
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Finally, I came across a new blog last week. Jean, who is a fellow Canadian, has more than one blog. One of them is called A Mountain Too High and the poignant posts are about living with a husband who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. I work with people like this and know that many people with dementia do not have caregivers who are able to cope with the 24 hour a day attention the condition demands. Jean writes with compassion and humour about her day to day life with the man she loves. I could not pick a favourite post, and look forward to reading more about her journey, a journey she did not choose to take.

I could highlight more inspired writing, and probably will again sometime in the future. Even though I do not have time to comment on every post I read each blog I read adds something meaningful to my day.


  1. The sunset photo is wonderful, Ruth.

    I agree with your inspirational posts, as I have read most of them.

  2. It is so interesting that you picked to write this blog just now--because I have been mulling over a similar post.
    I have been thinking about people who face great challenges and meet them with such grace.
    Jean at A Mountain Too High would be one of those, as well as Pam at Mind Trips.
    Thanks for sharing your inspirations.

  3. Thanks for the tip of the hat!

    By the way, isn't that a mountain ash in your upper right-hand photo on your blog? It's our school's symbol (orange & green, which is rather hideous to wear on Spirit Day).

    But I digress....

  4. Thanks for sharing these other links Ruth and for the shout out. I have found myself in the desert a good bit recently and so it's good to focus on things that make me feel joy and make me think.


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