Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Infinite Tenacity

Haworthia, in bloom after YEARS. Tenacity? YES!!!
I was thinking about a post for the day and even though I am dabbling in three different art projects, I did not want to write about art. There was a little more on my mind, a little deeper set of thoughts that needed expressing.
I have been fortunate, BLESSED, in this past year and a half.
And I hear some of you say "HOW? You were diagnosed with cancer?"
Yep, that's right. And that Dx provided me with insight I never would have had otherwise.

I know during the month of November, many on Face Book posted daily what they were grateful for.
I? No, I chose not to do it because in morning prayers, I am grateful every day.
To be living well.
To have seen what I've seen and kept the iron backbone I've always suspected I had.
To be able to give back while in a state of need myself.

A lot of time for introspection has prompted one-off thoughts.
Some I'll share.

  • How have I been so fortunate to meet so many GOOD PEOPLE?
  • How did the lower times pass so quick?
  • How sweet was it to pass my original November 8th *expiration date*!!!
  • How good it is to reconnect with people after a long time.
  • How much my husband loves me even though he still leaves gloves, hat and papers spread all over the kitchen table....*sigh*
  • How much sincere prayer and KINDNESS I received....staggering really.
  • How in the madness of a strictly political/commercial world there are those of us with values much, much higher.
  • How sweet it was to put up the ornaments and see another Christmas, with JOY!
  • How good it feels to know my quota of TENACITY has not diminished.
And then, there were other questions I will never have answers for,
things that are not as pleasant, or just make you go hmmmmm......
The spiritual garbage you have to push out of your life,
to make room for the great things trying to get in.

  • When did we become such a divided Nation?
  • When did women become the *lesser* race?
  • Why do people feel that EXclusive is so much better than INclusive?
  • Why are there people who will repeated kick you when you're down, for the sheer sick fun of it and claim they are *in the right*....always......?
  • Where did generosity of heart and spirit go the OTHER part of the year, as in, not at Christmastime?
  • When will we evolve past being creatures of vitriol and habit, into beings of light and love?
  • How can anyone pretend to be spiritual, of any form, when they spend time using people and tossing them away  like garbage?

These are not heavy thoughts; they are things that swirl through my journals as I consider life and how much sweeter it could be with a better understanding of humanity at large.
All I am sure of is this:
I am that plant above~~seated in harsh soil, ignored occasionally/accidentally, sometimes left to survive through droughts,
but BLOOMING, none the less.
No thing, no person, no intentional negativity
will change me from my daily affirmation of

And I hope that you, my dear readers, find this true too.

Be kind.
Be caring.
Be more than you think you can be.
Be all that you want to be.
Be happy.
Be content.
Know you are loved.


Rebeca Trevino said...

beautifully said.
and i am sure these thoughts will be with me to think about today and throughout the holiday season.
thank you Anne.
peace be with you.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Rebeca,

Thanks~~the brain had these swirling for days, and I guess today was the day the thoughts escaped!
Hope you have a great end of the year, and good things ahead!


Terra said...

Poetic and beautiful, your words remind me of so much that is good in our world. Anne, you and the plant have the same tenacity to bloom where you are.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Terra,

You know, sometimes I have to write these things down, because we seldom see them in the media.
I do believe, overall, in the power of good in people. Sometimes they just need a reminder.
And yes, I bloom in whatever I'm planted in! LOL!


Corrine at said...

Beautiful darling!!!! I will keep these words in my heart. xox

Janet Ghio said...

what a lovely post!

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Corrine,

As I probably will not get cards out, this is my wish for all!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Thank you Janet!

I am glad that it read well~~felt I was getting a little wordy, but could compact it no further.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

A wonderful post that simply glows with the power of positivity! That's what we need more of in this world, that's for sure.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

It sure is Debra~~there is soooo much of the other. I'm ready for a season of LIGHT in the dark.
Maybe I'm foolish, but I think it is important to get that good OUT THERE!


Marilyn said...

Thoughts were never said so well..... For me the most important now is contentment. To be content in my life is my goal...
Your words to God's ear.

kj said...

I am honored to have such a reflectively wise friend. You've written this beautifully, memorably.

I have not had to have the courage and faith to fight cancer (is 'fight' even the right word?) but I have healed this year from a deep sorrow, and you have been balm to that process. Thank you most sincerely, Anne.

I've learned to step out of the way, to look for good even when it hides, to be kind even when I must also be clear. I've learned love is everything. I am quite sure you've been in the same classroom. Okay, so we got detention for throwing spitballs and passing notes. That's okay too :-)

Love love

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Marilyn,

Just remember; you have a prosperous heart, and that brings contentment.
I am content.
Yes,there are things I would *like* to do, but it doesn't change the joy of my day....even on days that are not overly joyful!


Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Wasn't US throwing the spitballs....probably Emily Rabbit. Yeah, I can SEE that...
And fight is the polite term for what you do w/cancer. I was thinking all our nuclear annihilation (and for people who've had radiation, that IS true!).
This has been a year of growth, in the most unexpected ways.
For both of us, and dang, I'm GLAD!


Pam @ Frippery said...

Sister you have spoken truth!
What has happened to kindness and caring. It seems we have replaced it with nastiness and gotchas.
Just keep rising above, my friend.
Take care and choose joy.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Pam,

Yes, yes, I always am reaching for the light, even on the cloudy days.
Let's start a NEW love revolution! (and I don't mean a recap of the love-in's of the 60's, cause at my age, that would cause mass hysteria!)


Bella Sinclair said...

Amen to that. Here's to you, you beautiful flower. Bloom. :)

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hey Bella,

Waiting for my *cactus fuzz* to turn into real hair again....then I can dye it FLOWER COLORS!
I shall bloom where I am planted. :-)


Gloria said...

Amen to all you said. You are one woman with all the good you spoke of. I will remember your words. I may come back to read them from time to time. Thank you. Happy Holidays.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Hi Gloria!

Hey, read as you will, copy and print it....just remember!
I think at this time of year it's far too easy to forget the basics that make every day GOOD.


Robbie said...

My comment will be so simple compared to your beautiful words...that's all I can say...beautiful words!

audrey said...

Amen, beautiful friend.
In spite of all the ugliness in this world, I keep telling myself that there are good people out there. I have met some of those good people in Blogland ~ you being one.
Thank you for stating these wise words in such a beautiful way. We need to spread the love and faith so we can help in some small way to turn our world around.
audrey xxoo

Robin said...

It IS all about Light, LOVE and Tenacity.. you are so right!

Proud to have you as my dear, dear *FBBBFF*!


♥ Robin ♥

p.s. Gorgeous photo!!!!

nacherluver said...

That bloom is amazing!

yoborobo said...

Ah, tenacity. There is much to be said for hanging tough. I am so happy to have met you here, Anne, and to be your friend. You are a treasure! And AMEN to remembering to care, and that compassion is so needed now. Here's to blooming (and sneaking in a few spitballs!). xoxox!!

Peggy Jones said...

I learned while studying nursing, there may not be a cure but there is always healing. What strength and confidence it must take to share such a struggle with others but that is what a pure heart would do. You are our inspiration. I pray Dear God, If I ever get cancer may I be just like Annie. Amen

Laura said...

love you soul sister... and i get it... the gratitude, the wondering about why we separate, judge when kindness, love is something we can all share... that really we are more alike than different... for we share one heart.

your photo is stunningly beautiful like you dear one, like you.

Jan said...

Kindness, caring, and love will carry us through. I'm so glad you have extended your expiration date. Glad I'm still along for the ride with you. Keep blooming!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I think this post should be kept at hand to be re-read at regular intervals to remind us of what is truly important. Anne, you have a gift for writing what is truth and bless you for sharing that truth with us. Blessings to you.

Laura said...

Lovely Anne. Grateful your are here a friend.

studio lolo said...

Oh Anne,
This is so beautifully written. I know you have such a large, loving heart. I echo what you've said here. We all need gentle reminders from time to time. I couldn't have said any of this better than you.

Prayers, friends, family, and life in general, good and bad, are what make us keep moving forward. But some of us have that little extra song in our hearts because of it.

Love and blessings,


Gaby Bee said...

I'm going to take a little break.
Sending warm wishes to you and your loved ones for a wonderful Christmas and much health and happiness for 2013.


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