The Amaryllis Are Blooming

…and I can’t help but view them as a sign of #survival.  We’re #inthistogether and #wewillsurvive!  The winter is hard on these bulbs. They go into darkness at the end of the autumn season, hunkered down and out of sight.  When they come out, it takes time to adjust to the light and start their growth again.  Their spectacular blooms remind us that we too will bloom again!  

In this turbulent time, the one thing I continue to remind myself is that this will pass. Nothing is permanent. We will come out on the other side stronger. We cannot allow fear and adversity to knock us down, we must keep moving forward.

I love the Al Anon book of daily readings, “Courage to Change.” This past Tuesday’s meditation really hit home for me and is so appropriate for the current time.  I want to share it as a reminder that we WILL get through this!

“No problem lasts forever. No matter how permanently fixed in the center of our lives it may seem, whatever we experience in this ever-changing life is sure to pass. Even pain.

Difficult situations often bring out qualities in us that otherwise might not have risen to the surface, such as courage, faith, and our need for one another. All our experiences can help us to grow.

But we may need patience. Some wounds cannot be healed quickly. They must be given time. In the meantime, we can appreciate the new capabilities we are developing, such as the capacity to mourn and the willingness to accept. Let us share our losses and triumphs with each other, for that is how we gather courage.

Today’s reminder: Remembering that this too shall pass can make it easier to get through a difficult day. I will be very gentle with myself during this time. Some extra loving care and attention to myself can make everything a little easier.”