Hello Monday! I am grateful to be alive on this clear, autumn morning. It’s still dark and the stars are visible in the predawn sky and I am grateful for such a quiet, peaceful start to another work week. I am grateful for Baptist Hospital and a memorial service yesterday that included honoring my mother, for some time with my father and some rare, real conversation, for the strength of my father’s armor and the occassional crack that lets his soft, vulnerable heart shine out, for new perspectives and the opportunity to love anew, for unexpected emotions and giving them free reign, for letting go of things I didn’t even know I was holding on to. I am grateful to be on this grief path, to find tremendous love and beauty here, to find peace here, to find connection here. I am blessed and I am grateful. Today, I intend to support my strong body, to support my strong mind and my strong heart and to create out of love. Peace and blessings.

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