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This is one of those weeks where life is a smorgasbord of activities. Some have been incredibly sad, some wonderfully exciting, others simply demanding so much time and creativity, and thankfully also those moments that are pure bliss.

It is so easy to become ungrounded, reactionary, and angry in the midst of such emotional turmoil and seemingly conflicting emotions. Haven’t we all had those moments? How do you handle it when it happens to you? 

My wonderful brother-in-law has been placed in hospice. His southern humor with warts on frogs’ butts, pig snouts, and God knows what else keeps me so relaxed and at peace. My sister still treasures him after over 3 decades and he still makes her laugh even with hospice nurses in the house. As I continue on, calling, texting, and waiting for Mary to call me to come down a few states away, (after the stampede of kids, etc.) while respecting her need to do this her way so that she is not overwhelmed even further while also wanting family in smaller pieces, life continues…

A new membership program and training classes are being developed with the support of an amazingly creative friend who has great experience with such things making me smile and get so excited at a new adventure, calling me to continue growing and stretching. Grateful to be alive. Then Mike pops into my mind and I can easily cry. For him, my sister, and for all of us who love him.

Life isn’t about being easy. It’s so much more about cherishing the gifts that come into our lives, in love, sharing, support, adventure, creativity, and the blessings of so much wondrous, innocent, laughter.

This journey brings us to the highest pf places as well as to some places that make us question it all, even if only for a few minutes off and on.  My frequent saying of “Welcome to humanity…” when someone feels the most human of emotions applies to all of us. If we are going to experience the highest of highs, we need to be willing to experience the lowest of lows. The broad spectrum can allow us to be less invested in the outcome and so much more invested in the experience with gratitude for all that we have received, achieved, and permitted into our lives.

The smorgasbord continues, the weekend is here, and a possible new move, a new home, and another chance to decorate and celebrate life is presenting itself, all while also preparing to say goodbye, to a loving, funny, compassionate, and wise soul who has been a gift in our lives.

Enjoy and appreciate your blessings, knowing we are here to experience life not to run at a pace that causes us to miss the biggest and best blessings of love, friendship, and family. It is all too good to miss.

Blessings to your creativity, your joy, and the wonders of your week whatever it entails, smorgasbord or not!  


Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.