God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
If you read my newsletter last week, you will remember that I said we do our greatest stretching on our knees. I guess God wasn't done with my stretching.
Many of you saw my post on facebook, that my father was in the intensive care unit this week. We weren't able to get a hold of him by phone for several days and then on Tuesday which was his birthday my brother went by his house only to find his cars in the garage but no answer. My brother, on a hunch, called the hospital where he had been a couple months ago for a stroke, and they said he was in ICU. I rushed over to Sarasota to pick my brother up and then head up to the VA hospital in Tampa. When we arrived and buzzed into ICU they said he had been discharged. Apparently he had a stent put in on Monday, and after recovering, was only there because they didn't have beds on another floor. Wow, I guess that's good news but we were never notified of anything so we had panicked.
We both have daughters who live in Tampa so we stayed with them and then headed back to Sarasota in the morning. We went to my father's house only to be confronted by he and his girlfriend that we are not supposed to be there because he can't be stressed out.
His alleged girlfriend, we found out, has had everything signed over to her and now he says if we want to see him we need to clear it with her. I think he has lost his mind but she is in control now. We also found out that the young man she has living at my father's house, because she can't always be there, is a convicted felon and drug user.
Most of you know me as a very peaceful person but I promise you the confrontation that I had with her was anything but.
Why am I telling you this? Because everything and I mean EVERYTHING in your life is a choice. Do I stay and try to fight to have a relationship with my father that he no longer wants, and fight with this manipulating woman and her people, or do I choose peace.
I told my father that I was disappointed and that I don't know what happened to our relationship. I was disappointed that he didn't even know that it was my birthday on that day but, that if these were his wishes, so be it.
What else did I do...
After driving all the way to Tampa and not finding him in the hospital....
I was grateful he was no longer in the hospital, AND I was grateful to be able to spend the night with my daughter and my niece.
After arriving at his house only to be unwelcome...
I was grateful to be with my brother and to have been able to spend two whole days with him.
After getting a flat tire when I was getting ready to leave Sarasota...
I was grateful to still be in the parking lot of my brother's business, where he had it fixed.
After driving three and a half hours back to Wellington on my birthday night...
I was so grateful to see my son and fiance, and go out and have a nice dinner together.
I am so grateful everyday for my family that wants to have a relationship with me. I am so blessed to have a wonderful man in my life, daughters, son, brother, mother, sisters, stepfather, step-kids, aunts, uncles, wonderful friends and amazing clients.
Surround yourself with the people who care about you. See beauty in everything. Hold your head high. Always do your best and teach your children to do there best. And yes, your best is good enough.
God bless you for taking the time to read this and may you see every challenge you face as a lesson and a blessing. And be assured challenges will come, it's how you handle them that matters.
Now, getting back to what I do for a living. I have taken my passion for caring about people and their health and made it my career. Most of you know me from yoga and cooking classes but some of you know me as a counselor.
I haven't run my six week group program, which is held over the phone, in almost a year.
January 3rd we will start the six week program. You will call in once per week and we will talk as a group on step by step ways to improve your life. We will cover everything from food, mood, energy, how to clean up your kitchen, finances and most of all thinking.
Want to join the six week program, detox or start your own group. Go back to the home page to find the sign up or email me Sherri@CookinYogi.com