Blog Your Blessings: Help

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Perfect as the wing of a bird may be,
it will never enable the bird to fly
if unsupported by the air.

(Ivan Pavlov)

This week's blessing: the help of friends and family. I've come to a fork in the road and have needed the insights of the people I trust as I make my way forward. Good people that they are, my friends and family have offered me what they know, what they have seen happen, and what they think. They have made gifts of their caring and wisdom, leaving them at the table for me to make of what I will. They can't live my life; they can only help me live mine as well as possible.

They let me do that with a few careful words and just enough time and distance for me to make of them what I can and will.

Being loved is a beautiful thing; so is loving back. And oh, so necessary.

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.

Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.

Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.

(Pueblo Blessing)

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  1. Looking back, I can see that some of the worst things that happened to me, are the things I remember as being the best things that happened to me---if only for bringing my family round me and showing me how true my real friends were.

    Whatever you're going through, good luck; you've got my prayers. Thank you for sharing all your fabulous photos and quotes and insights.

  2. Sending you hugs right now sandy.
    In the end it is you who makes the decision for it is your life, but to know others hold you precious is indeed a blessing.

  3. Oh Sandy, I'm feeling a lot of pain in your beautiful post...but along with that serenity. I hope you can gain strength to change what you can and to accept what has to be. Whatever you are going through, I know you will do what is best for yourself and everyone around you for you hold so much wisdom in every word you write.

  4. whatever the decision or problem is...write, write, write. that always clears my head. go with your heart and the path will become clear. best wishes....

  5. Those forks in the road are so difficult and yet so amazing after you've made the choice. There is always much growth associated with them....Peace and good luck - D

  6. And the blessings continue to pour out to you.

    You've brought great insight and serenity to many of us. What a gift you have been!

    Know that you are thought about, prayed for, and that there are so many of us who care deeply about you and that would lift you over the hurdle that lies in your path if we could.

    May God's peace continue to be yours, Sandy.

  7. Your words are so true, Sandy.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and wonderful photos.

  8. Anonymous1:53 AM

    really brilliant blog post is a very special, very lovable I wish you all the best steven

  9. A beautiful set of stairs!

  10. Anonymous2:13 AM

    Sandy, that is so beautiful. The help and love of friends and family is a great gift. I know without it I would not be able to survive as well as I do.

    The Pueblo blessing really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  11. I like Pueblo Blessing and it would be nice to walk into the photo.


  12. Anonymous7:00 AM

    A touching reflection full of wisdom and heart. You are fortunate indeed to have such constant and measured support. Loved the Pueblo quote too, hadn't heard it before. Thanks you for sharing it all.

  13. Bonjour !

    Un peu dur à gravire cet escalier...

  14. Anonymous9:08 AM

    I'm glad you have so much support in your life-and I'm glad I do too!! We are blessed. Its always nice to think on the positive.

  15. Sandy, I love this poem on the end and I am going to write that one down. Beautiful!

    I hope you will feel at peace with whatever decisions that you make. I will keep you in my heart and in my prayers. Please let me know if I can do anything for you from my end. Many blessings to you, my friend!

  16. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Robert Frost taught the value of the fork in the road:

    The Road Not Taken, 1920

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Traveller.

  17. I love this post, I hope each and every one can be as touched by the sentiments here in.

  18. The support and love of good people in our lives (related by blood or not) is so important. I am glad you feel that strength behind you Sandy, in a gentle, non-intrusive way. Love this post, these inspiring words and great photo too. Hugs and take care, G

  19. I don't know what your going through right now, but I pray you feel the Lord wrapping His loving arms around you and holding you tight. It sounds like you have many loving friends and family around you in your time of need. You said it so true the love they have for you will guide you through. In whatever your experiencing I hope you know how much your words and picture bring encourgement to so many.

  20. As the beauty I see (in those stairs that greeted me as I read your post,) standing before us who pass by your post, may it also hold a promise of a future that is bright and pleasing to God. May the "walk" provide YOU with many blessings not only for today but the future.

  21. I hope things have improved... and the sage words of friends and family have helped find the path that may have been a touch obscured.

  22. Anonymous8:16 AM

    The love and understanding as well as good help from friends and family is definitely a blessing! I hope you have a great week ahead! :)

  23. Sending you so much love and positive energy and prayer my sweetest Sandy.

    Lemme' know if you need some back up! I'll be there!


  24. I like how Susan's comment highlighted an aspect of your post. It's also interesting how your post and Blue Panther's are similar.

  25. Amen to this thought and wonderful image here! How many times do we each reach such a place … and thank God there ARE people in our lives to assist. My prayers are with you …
    Hugs and blessings,

  26. Anonymous1:05 PM

    oh my gosh, beautiful.... blessings overflowing... even in a handful of dirt... thank you for the poems of ivan pavlov and pueblo blessing...

  27. Just love that is out of this world...and such a peaceful your problem solving...

    May the Lord be with you in your decision making



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