You Take the Good, You Take the Bad…

You take ’em both and there you have the facts of life. Today has been the epitome of doing just that—taking the good and the bad and figuring out the facts of life. I feel like I was handed huge handfuls of bothand then asked to figure out how to blow my nose or open a door using the door knob. I couldn’t hold all the goodness, keep all the badness, and complete a simple task. So I let the badness go. For a change, I flushed it away without worrying about it. I am just left here holding onto all the goodness and reveling in it like there is no tomorrow!

I received this prayer in my inbox today, courtesy of Sojourners, and it really impacted me. I am going to print it off and put it in places where I look frequently, like mirrors, doors, and inside books, so I can learn from its depth and humility. I think it makes me contemplate new ideas and to ponder God in new ways.

God, I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me whatever you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. Into your hands I commend my spirit. I offer it to you with all the love that is in my heart. For I love you, Lord, and so want to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve and with boundless confidence. Amen. —Charles de Foucauld


I am thankful for friends who are merciful to those who anger them.

Exercise: walked the dogs two miles

Food: banana, juice, chocolate milk, chili, cheese sandwich, Papa Johns, Christmas nougats, blackberries, some mint M&Ms, Orange Crush (Forgive me. It was delicious. So sweet and so cold.)

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