Blessed are …

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Then all I can say, is that I must be REALLY REALLY blessed! 😉

All kidding aside, I know I am blessed and YET I must admit, I still question why things must get pretty bad, before the realization strikes me again. Perhaps it is MY GOD, just whipping me into shape for something HUGE, yet to unfold !?!?

“Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.” ~ Dean Koontz

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Quote : Dean Koontz

Stronger, Smarter, Braver by Comparison

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Be strong enough to stand alone,
smart enough to know when you need help
and brave enough to ask for it! ~ Unknown

When I first saw this quote yesterday, it brought me back to a chat I was having with my new neighbor about the time we realized we were in big trouble financially.

While I have always fancied myself a survivor, I didn’t feel very strong on that day. In fact I felt pretty weak and it was on that day that I let the cat out of the bag.

Faye, who was no stranger to personal hardship herself (saw through ) what I so desperately tried to hide and was there with an open heart, broad shoulders and suggestions on how to go about getting the help I needed…

I was like ” NO! NO ! NO! I couldn’t possibly do that!” And I was so adamant about it.

I guess you’d have to know my family background to fully understand my resistance.

Words like dependence and humility were not in my family’s vocabulary. Both a sign of weakness!

Thankfully, Faye is not the preachy type and did not look down on me pitifully.

She simply shrugged , pondered on my response and said.

“Sometimes, you have to ask for help!”

I remember those words every time I feel like surrendering to my situation. I don’t even know if she realized how much she helped me on that day.