A Great Personal Feat

April 8, 2021

So I’m going to start out with the second question. And I’m going to start out with a…it’s actually a short prayer, a metta prayer. And you’ll see why I’m going there. So the prayer goes like this. May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you ride the waves of your life with ease and grace. May you know love and kindness all the days of your life.

So I’m going to focus on the word, “Grace”. And grace, one of…one of the many definitions for grace is benevolent help freely given, benevolent help freely given. So I have received grace from God and all kinds of people in my life, people who have encouraged me, supported me, believed in me, and loved me. And of course, along the way in my life, I had to do the work prior to the enjoyment of what I just talked about, like an example would be, before I had brain surgery, before I committed to brain surgery, I had to go through having a cerebral angiogram and a pneumoencephalogram. I mentioned those things because it took a certain amount of, “Okay. I’m going to do this. I can do this,” you know, and in preparation for the actual brain surgery. And all around me were people who were helping me, comforting me, and making it easier for me to do what I needed to do.

So basically…and another example, of course, I had to show up. That was my part in delivering my daughter. You know, that’s part of having a baby, just showing up. And I did have some very special…the grace, the benevolent help freely given, there was a special nurse, I may have mentioned her in the past, Christine was her name, and I think I said it also that I swear she had a halo around her blond locks. And she told me when I was having very difficult contractions, she said, “Get on your hands and knees.” I was having pain in my back. And it worked. It just worked beautifully. And just her comforting was another form of grace.

And there’s many things throughout my life that I’m grateful for, that I’m proud of having gone through with some grace from God, again, as well as grace from…through other people. And, you know, when I think back even to my childhood, my parent’s guidance, my parent’s love, and comfort was grace in action. My education, the Benedictine nuns in my elementary school and also in college was a…an experience that I treasure. And I definitely received the grace in that…those situations. And I could go on and on and on, but the…I guess in summary there’s many things I’m proud of, but…which involved me showing up and cooperating with the many other people who were part of whatever I was going through. And so, the initial question of, tell me about a feat that you feel proud of, I didn’t do it alone. I didn’t do any of life…life’s many, many ups and downs or the waves of life that are referenced in the prayer that I mentioned earlier. I didn’t do it alone and I wouldn’t want to do it alone.

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