Sometime in the fall of 2014, I learned that my godmother had been diagnosed with cancer. She initially was treated at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, about 30 minutes from her home in Central New Jersey. My godmother is an amazing woman who has had three different careers, and had moved into a retirement community less than 20 miles from my mother’s home about a decade ago. She is an active swimmer, fitness enthusiast, and yoga practitioner. I was confident that she would beat it.
More than two thousand years ago, the Divine took the form of a man and walked the Earth for 33 years. He came to demonstrate His unconditional love for people and show them the way home (back to Him). Unfortunately, His message of hope and repentance was so revolutionary that He was targeted as a troublemaker and eventually murdered. This weekend, I will be celebrating His resurrection. God came back to life once again to demonstrate His sovereignty over all life.
I am also celebrating...
I am blessed to come from a very large, extended family. My mother has six siblings. Combined, these seven have 23 children. Those 23 have had 20 children of their own. Then, of course, there are all of my great-aunts and uncles (my grandmother’s siblings) and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We are one very large tribe.
As I sit in bed, I can hear the birds chirping outside my window. It is a sound I haven't heard in months--since fall made its arrival, and the birds took off last November. I love spring. It gives me confidence and hope each March. I am reminded that winter never lasts forever, and beauty can sprout from the darkest of days. I definitely am celebrating the first day of spring today, as well as these other blessings.
Do you speak the truth… at home, with your friends, at work, among your family members? When a facilitator asked that question at a training I recently attended, my answer was clear: sometimes. I was not admitting to being a liar, nor am I in the habit of telling half-truths. I was expressing my belief that sometimes people can’t handle the truth, so I don’t even bother to share it. Telling the truth would cause more trouble than good.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.