|Good morning, sunshine!|
I stayed in bed a little bit longer when I woke up this morning. I was tired as usual and wasn't ready to start the day. Instead of getting out of bed right away, I thought about some quotes that I'd read last night. I have a few favorite "go to" quotes. Sometimes I read them for inspiration. Other times, when I'm not looking for them, they'll pop up in something that I'm reading.
My favorite quote, and one that has served as a mantra for me since Ronan got sick, is Lao Tzu's "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Others quotes that have brought me peace or that have helped inspire me are:
"A person's a person no matter how small."
- Dr. Suess
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
"If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn."
- Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves..."
- Proverbs 31:8
I discovered that scripture passage from Proverbs a few years ago. Speaking up for Ronan is something that I do daily. It's what a lot of my friends do for their children, too. When our children lost their ability to speak, we had to learn to use our voices to help them. Finding my voice hasn't been easy. But it's something that I get the chance to work on every day. Something else that I'm working on every day is not being so cranky in the morning.
I woke a little bit cranky and tired again this morning. I wanted to stay in bed and not go anywhere. But we have things to do and people to see today. Fortunately, soon after I was up and at 'em, I felt a moment of peace. I felt that as I watched the sun shine through the stained glass Claddagh Ring that hangs in our kitchen window. The peace that fell over me carried with it thoughts of thankfulness. I was thankful that God gave me another day to try, to be ready for whatever comes my way, to put my worries aside, to accept the things that I cannot, and to change the things that I can. I know that I can't tackle all of that at once. But I also know that having just one positive thought and being ready to take just one small step forward (even when I'm cranky and tired!) is possible.
One positive thought. One step at a time. The journey that I've started will continue.
If you have a favorite quote or a favorite scripture passage, share it! I'd love to know what inspires you, too.