The thought process for this entry started by reading an email this morning. Yes, the email came from Sparkpeople.com. They have a “Healthy Reflections” series where an inspirational email hits the subscriber’sinbox every day. I do not always bother to read these every day but some move me, when I do read them, to keep them for “blog fodder,” as I call it.
The subject of today’s email is “Lighting fires in the cold,” a subject that was speaking to my situation this morning as my fuel tank hit empty and I didn’t realize it. I was under the impression I was on auto-delivery and was wondering when they would deliver. Now, I know otherwise. Needless to say, I have fuel oil, heating oil on the way today as we are again in a cold snap. I have also put a reminder on my calendar to check the tank in “x” number of days.
Back to the reflection. As I read what was in my inbox, I started thinking about the Prayer of St Francis. I have always loved the many renditions of this that we sing at church. It is one of my favorite prayers and one I have fallen back on many times in recent days. The reflection in my email pushes us to not be intimidated by others but to realize that relating to others is most often not easy. We do need to reach out a hand in friendship, in camaraderie, in hope to others.
These women and their thoughts, along with Sarah McLachlan’s rendition of the prayer in song, are traveling with me through my days. The words are making me realize that I have so much that I can give to others. These words are making me realize that my life is wonderful and should be shared. These words are making me see that I can spread warmth where there is cold in the world, whether the world as a whole or my little world.