A Change In Direction

The kids and I went to the park a few weeks ago. The park is large and full of wonderful things to do, from play structures, to swings, to hiking trails, and ponds for fishing.

It is a park where we go to spend the day if we can. That day we had talked about playing at one of the play structures.

After playing for a little while, the kids decided to take a hike. We all planned for a brief hike, and set off on a trail that we knew was not long. Part way through the trail, with something buzzing our heads, we came across a hornets nest dangling over the trail at a height that was too close to our heads for my comfort. I decided to turn around and try the other part of the path. The kids agreed, and off we went.

Hornets nest

During the hike, we encountered times when the kids wanted to turn around as the pathway narrowed, and they did not like the high foliage brushing their legs. It also got muddy in spots, and we all wondered if we should turn around. Luckily, most of the mud was not bad and we were able to get around it. Continuing on our walk.

Our tour guide

A butterfly accompanied us during most of the walk, which delighted the kids.

Finally, after a good hour of hiking, we came to a clearing. Looking around, we noticed that we were no where near where we started, and had almost the same distance to go if we headed back on the trail, or traveled the road back to our car. We decided to go back along the road, to the kids delight, we discovered new play areas and a water pump.

The older play areas.

The hike ended with water and sandwiches.

What started out as a quick hike through the woods, became a long hike with lots of delightful discoveries. Sometimes it pays to turn around to avoid danger, and sometimes it pays to continue forward through minor obstacles discovering wondrous things along the way.

Watching us navigate the narrow path.

Love and blessings to you as you navigate the world today. 💕Carrie

I’m Aware

I was driving a few weeks ago. The kids were bickering in the backseat, and I was ruminating about all the little things that I would like to change. The things that require others to participate in the change, or maybe they require me to approach it differently. In the end it’s all the same, in a way. It is stuff I cannot change that day, or today.

As I was thinking this, I decided to let it go. Let God take it from me, and work his magic. In that exact moment, a car passed me with a license plate that read, “I’m aware.”

I burst out laughing , flooded with relief. He has this now, and I can move forward knowing that it will work out somehow.

How have your prayers been answered? Do you see the signs the universe sends to show you that your prayers are being worked out? Because God is aware.

Love and blessings to you. 💕 Carrie

I Understand.

Frustrated and angry, but trying to stay strong. I felt as if all options were gone. I was exacerbated! Totally undone. Apparently, my approach was not working.

Reluctantly, I listened to that whisper that said, get help my friend. So help I got. From sources I did not expect helping, and from sources I actively looked for.

All along the way, they said, “I understand.”

Those words hit me in the gut the first time I heard them. The first time I looked for help from a new place. A stranger to me, yet kindness and understanding was found in our exchange. It was unexpected. I apologetically burst into tears. Not sure what to think. For years I had been struggling, being told it was all my fault. I was told I was to blame. Those two words were spoken (I understand.), and they broke me in a good way. Hit me were I needed it most. Right in the heart. A new start. A beginning. The point were I sought more help, more people who said, I understand. Me, too! More people who got it! More people who saw the challenges, who understood the pain, who decided to take it all and transform it into kindness, and caring. Transform it into love!

I still live with and encountered people who think I am to blame, but I choose to see them as they are. I choose to seek out those who chorus, “Me, too !” ; “I understand.” . Because I understand, too. Life can be hard, but we all can choose to be more understanding, more loving, and more kind. We can be the person who lifts up another. The person who lends a shoulder. The person who understands. Because we all need that. We all need someone, even a stranger, to say, “I understand.”

Love and blessings to you. 💕 Carrie