Friday, February 17, 2012
Happy birthday MOM!
todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful
for my mother, Patricia. She was a wonderful teacher throughout my life, although for many of my (drinking) years I did my best to NOT pay attention. She was totally understanding and a very compassionate woman. Her christian beliefs were her foundation.
She suffered major strokes, in 2001 and 2005. She never was able to recover from the last one and died 3 years later. During those 3 years we formed a bond that we had never had before. My sister and I were her caretakers although she had to live in a home with comprehensive nursing (24 hours/day).
Due to her illness, I learned the importance of leaning on my Higher Power. Every day before spending time with her, I said a short prayer to my HP to help me be of utmost service to her. Thsi was something entirely new for me. It really changed me and brought me closer to God as I understand Him.
Had she lived, today Mom would be 89. But she was ready to go at the age of 85, having lived a full and complete life. We talk (well, I talk and she listens) occasionally and I know she's watching over me as I continue to trudge the road.
Happy birthday Mom.
Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself.
You will then find out how easy it is to get along.
- Paramahansa Yogananda