Hi Everyone. Hope you are doing well and had a good week. I am looking out my window in Plymouth today at a clear blue sky. It is definitely chilly in the mornings and warmer in the afternoon. The wind has had a definite chill, but overall the weather this past week has been gorgeous. The leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall in earnest.
I have had an up and down kind of week. I lost a client in my other business and part of me was upset and part of me was relieved. My other business has been getting smaller and smaller, which can be hard on the wallet. Although I enjoy my other business, I have not been able to devote as much time as I need to keep everything in line. It's hard to run that business when I am out of town every other month. I still have a couple of clients so hopefully I can keep them on the happy list so to speak. Perhaps some day I can add clients to keep the business viable, but not at this time. Have you felt this way in your work? business?
My dad's dog Lady got sick this past week unexpectedly. The other evening she struggled to get up, walked into walls or in circles, and her tilted toward the right. I called the vet and he had me look into her eyes and they were rolling. Turns out Lady has the dog version of vertigo. I feel horrible for her because I can't imagine what her world must be like at the moment. She is hardly drinking and not eating at all. She is doing lots of resting which is good for her. The vet believes within 10 days she'll be back to normal. I am worn out from making sure she is ok. She is on the mend, but it's a slow process. My dad was upset most of the week because of the dog - she has turned into such great company for him.
I went to a funeral the other day for the first time in a long time. My father's cousin passed away from pancreatic cancer. We went to South Boston for the funeral and it was the first time I had been through this part of Boston in about 30 years. My dad showed me where he lived, where my mom grew up, regaled me with stories of the past. My mom grew up around the corner from my dad's cousins so she knew them before him. My dad's cousin had lived in the same neighborhood for over 80 years so I think more than half the neighborhood was there. Turns out he went to school and was neighbors with the former mayor/ambassador. I have to admit it was awkward for me as I knew perhaps a max of three people and with my dad being legally blind he could not really see who was who. He forgot that I had not met most of these relatives or seen some of them in years and years. It was a beautiful service and my dad said afterwards is this what I asked for in the funeral contract for me and your mom? I said, I'll go review the contracts. My dad also said, I hope half as many people remember me. It got me thinking of the people we touch in one way or another, but do not always stay in touch over the years. Any thoughts?
As part of the funeral procession from the church to the cemetery there must have been 80 cars. The hearse led the way on a tour of South Boston and parts of Dorchester (where I grew up). Traffic was crazy and there are certain polite driving rules for funeral processions - I found out that there are no laws and that driving schools do not teach them and the drivers' manual does not mention them. People that drive in the procession should be given a tutorial before heading out. In some places there are usually police involved to help with traffic, but not this day.
With all of the above going on this past week, I can say I did not sleep well or take care of me much. I did work out a few times, but then the week got away from me. I'll get back on track tomorrow. I had to remind myself this past week that I have so many blessings in my life. I realized at mass this morning (I guess I should tell Father Bill I paid attention) that I was focused too much on the material and not enough on the emotional and spiritual parts of me. What do you do when you are flustered or a whirling dervish?
I finished reading the book: TORCH by Cheryl Strayed. I had read her book WILD so thought I would give this one a chance. It took me a while to get through this book and it's only 410 pages. I found it very depressing and it seemed to get worse instead of better. I kept putting it down and not wanting to pick it up. There have been few books in my life that I did not finish so I was determined. Everyone's taste is different so some may completely enjoy it. Now on to something else. What are you reading? Anything you would like to mention?
I had a wonderful coaching discussion with a young woman this past week. She is making some changes in her life and since I see her almost daily she seeks me out for advice and guidance. I so appreciate the person that she is and knowing her has brought much laughter and lightness to me almost daily. I am hoping we can continue to keep in touch as she makes these changes.
Shout out to my friend Mary as it's her birthday this week...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND, I hope you have a fantastic day!
I am leaving it here today. I feel like I need a nap, but I'll probably read the paper and start addressing Halloween cards (yes I still send them). Take care. Chat soon. Marie
Everything is unfolding perfectly. And as you relax and find ease in your attitude of trust, knowing that Well-Being is your birth-right, amazing things will happen. Things the likes of which you have not seen before. Abraham-Hicks
There are no random acts. We are all connected. You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind. Mitch Albom
Every day in every moment, you make the choice...whether to love and harness the positive force or not. Rhonda Byrne
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