Sometimes I want to write, just to practice, but I don’t know what I should write about. So I googled “Questions to Ponder”. There are obviously many people in the world that have the same dilemma. I found a few questions that will give me the opportunity to write, but also are probably are some good ones that I ponder, and leave the answers to my kids and grandkids. So here they are.
- What are the things that stand between you and complete happiness? To be honest I would have to say my health. I had back issues from the time I was 24-44 when I had back surgery finally. But I have had blood pressure, acid reflux, fibromyalgia, heart, kidney issues, lupus and chronic fatigue syndrome. These kept me from always being the mother I wanted to be, and now keep me from being the grandmother I want to be. When I have energy and health I AM completely happy!
- What will people say at your funeral? This is an interesting question and one that I actually do consider from time to time. I try to live into what I want my legacy to be. But of course, I fail miserably sometimes. My mission statement pretty much says what I would like to be said about me. “I want to be the me God created me to be. I will face the world with integrity, unconditional love, a sense of humor and gratitude. My greatest desire is to be a light of faith to my family and friends. My life will be bountiful as I experience growth, nurture others and recognize God’s gifts and glory, and live each moment to the fullest.
- Standing at the gates of heaven, and God asks you “Why should I let you in?” What do you reply? I want to be able to say, “Heavenly Father, I hope you would let me in because I love you, and because you love me. You have watched me struggle. Sometimes I have failed and sometimes I have met and overcome my challenges. I do hope, however, you can see my desire to be righteous, to live the way I should. I hope you know that I loved my fellow man and tried to serve my family and friends. Will you let me in because I want to help you scatter sunshine, and distribute rainbows of joy and sing in a Heavenly chorus. Dear Lord, please let me in so I can continue to grow and learn.”
- If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you run into to make everything ok? I actually did lose so much and I did run into arms that loved and supported me. My most agonizing loss was my marriage. After that I lost money and my home and my health. I will say the first person I ran to was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Then he taught me that I didn’t have to feel alone because He was always there and so were my children. Shortly after this all happened I had a dream that I have thought back on many times since. There was a new addition going on to my home. My three sons were up above the garage being in charge. They called me up the ladder to review the options and help me make decisions to see where this addition was going. Down below were my Daughters-in-love running a garage sale to help me remove the things I no longer needed, and choose what I wanted to keep. When I started going down the ladder my boys supported it from above and my three daughters-in-love came over to support the bottom of the ladder. This dream was pretty clear to me. The new addition was the new chapter in my life. My sons were helping me but letting me choose what to add to my life. The girls at the garage sale were helping me go over the things that had been a part of my life. Which things should I keep, and which should I leave behind. The ladder was my life. My whole family was there to support me. It is a very real answer to what I feel about moving forward after losing everything. I am so blessed.
- Does this person know how much they mean to you? When was the last time you told them? Oh yes I think they all know how much they mean to me. I tell them all the time how lucky I am. My sons are my sons and I know it’s not a given that sons love their mothers, but in spite of how goofy I am they love me. I hope they know that I am here for anything they need that I have the capability of giving. My Daughters-in-Love are exceptional. They are each unique and have special talents and gifts. I’m grateful that we have a good relationship.
- If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds? Friends, Countrymen, and world neighbors. I want to speak of you about LOVE. So many wars have been fought over religious and moral differences and it makes no sense. Even if we may all believe in a different God, each God is all about LOVE. Please elect to go to your God and beg for an answer that will help you do as He asks us to do “Love one another”. In the name of religion we cannot turn away from God and hate our fellow man for being born into a different country, culture, religion, dynamics and different God. We must LOVE each other for our similarities and embrace the differences. It would be so easy if we could just get that message. Part of loving is not judging. Making war may be necessary, but it shouldn’t be necessary. It is each individuals choice and we can create a movement of LOVE if we each individually choose it. Because Karma is real. What is put out into the world is what we get back.
These questions were very thought provoking. I’m sure I will continue to contemplate them. I look forward to finding more to answer at another time. That last question, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could send a message that was heard to the entire world?