Archive for the ‘Wisdom’ Category

I am in the process of becoming an Associate of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, SSND, who taught me in Saint Paul Minnesota in the 70’s and I now visit Mankato, Minnesota every so often to visit. It is a blessing to go there and have so many sisters in one place, who knew I could have over a 150 grandmothers in one place! They take very good care of me. I sometimes wonder if my path had been slightly different, I would have probably became a Sister working in HealthCare. Being an Associate helps me keep connected with SSND in another way that gives me peace and joy. some of the pictures in the video might look familiar, as I have posted photos I have taken on the Mankato Hill as well.

I would love to give the gift of my time, to be present, to listen, to love, to show them I care, hold them, play with a puppy with them, and most of all my love. I remember when I was a kid. I would ride my bike to one Grandma or another, I had three that I knew. They lived close, so I could ride my bike any time I wanted to. especially in the summer I spent all my time visiting, listening, loving,helping, and just being there for them.Talking about dreams, challenges, struggles, happenings, and just life…Playing games like Scrabble, Tri-onimos, Dominos, Cribbage, all kinds of card games, watch game shows and soap operas together, I have watched All My Children for 40 years!
There is so much richness in just being there for the elderly, especially now, due to the isolation that some experience because of all the technology now. Working to bridge the gaps between the past and the future by being present.

We have had some classic cars show up today. I thought I would share my first car with you. A 1971 Dodge Dart, it was a 7-year-old car when I got it. This car pictured is very close in color and design. It was really difficult to find a picture online that looked like the original, as most of them have had a paint job or two since then.

My father was a used car salesman. He called me one day and I went down to the car lot. Of course like a 16-year-old would say, I said to myself, “OMG! what kind of car does Dad have picked out, I know I am going to hate it” or “I wanted to pick it out, as I am extremely independent”

Well, let me tell you, I loved it.
Even though I had to pay my own payments, gas, and insurance (I worked at A & W as a carhop, and at a nursing Home as a nursing assistant. The freedom of being able to have my own wheels was awesome. Not to mention my all time favorite color-BLUE.

Well I have to say this so bare with me. Twenty years ago tonight I was going into labor with my first-born Amanda, who will be twenty tomorrow. It was a routine time to go to the hospital, however little did I know that after 18 hours of labor the doctor would say we have got to do this another way, my husband retorted, “Well doc, what other way do you suggest?”…..After an uneventful C-Section at 4:08pm on April 5, 1990 Amanda Carol Grady was born. She has been an outright shining example of divine love ever since. Always the best at whatever she puts her passion into, behavior, love, sports, grades, humor, friendships, family,….

Divine Love at its best….

Truth, the state of being in accord with fact or reality.

I am a facts kind of person. Emotion and feelings are really not something I deal with well. For example tonight while talking to my husband, he gets all emotional about his friend Dan, who has cancer, who I might add is doing well. My husband gets all emotional about it, as I am more practical in my response, or am I? Although I consider myself to be a loving, caring person, I am not going to worry because God is there holding Dan in palm of his hand. I have the general impression that I cannot get all crazy and emotional every time some bad or terrible happens to someone. This may be my reality, but not someone elses. Their true reality is probably very different. I may be trying to hide those bad feelings and teach myself a different truth.

I find that truth is in the reality of the teller and the receiver. There is a choice to be made in believing and going with truth, or challenging it based on our background and beliefs.

In the meantime, I will try to be more in the present to realize that, just like my husband, there are different opinions, feelings and judgements that all can be true in the eye of the beholder.

Well first let me say, I would like to go to South Carolina for my Grand Nieces First Birthday!
It would be great, however I do not have the finances or the time to take off of work. Well I will discern it a bit and figure out what I can do.

In the meantime, I wonder where the journey is going to lead me rather than thinking about where I want to go. I have long ago decided that it is not me that decides where I go, it is on God’s timeline.
I used to think it was my hubby’s timeline, as we moved from state to state, however there was something else that we were not even aware of driving the journey. I truly believe everything happens to us for a reason and truly makes us stronger, even though I struggle between conscious awareness and unconscious challenges in my thinking. Sometimes I want to run away, far far away, other times I want to just sit in my car and be, other times I don’t want to get in the car/race at all. Even if there is sweet music on the radio, a great view with the sunroof, and a guidance system to lead me on the journey, there are times when the thought of going somewhere just blows me under and I would rather go nowhere, or stop at a way stop. I guess the key is to set the guidance system, take a leap of faith, dare to risk, and talk on the cell phone while I am on the journey, although not in Illinois, as it is illegal to talk on your phone in some areas. Oh and I might even stop to get more fuel on the way, maybe even a candy bar!

Attached is a picture of my new care–2010 Hyundai Tuscon……

Non-Fiction books are my favorite, especially science, self-help, medicine, health, biographies, and nature. I also enjoy religious books about world religions, saints and other medieval stories. I have a Kindle electronic reader that allows me to read several books at a time. I also can sync it with my cell phone or PC, when I don’t have my Kindle with me. The best part about kindle is there are many free offerings online to choose from, while all other books are half price or less than the regular bookstores. Quite honestly I do read anything I can get my hands on and am always learning……The library or internet are my favorite places!!

I would say that I had a lot of dreams with little monsters under my bed, in the toy box or in the back of the closet. They happened to be friendly monsters that would come out to play, however there were times when they absolutely terrified me. I usualy would sleep with some kind of light on somewhere. I wonder if my mom will read this add to this story or not! I also later in junior high had the usual dreams of coming back from vacation and forgetting my locker number, class schedule, or combination to my locker or gym locker. There were and still are scary dreams of someone coming to my room and waking me up in the middle of the night to scare me. Most recently I have dreams of rollercoasters, which I have always hated, and water slides!


Well if I have to choose, I would say I get committed and go way overboard in that committment and do not know when to stop. I get a passion for the project, however sometimes cannot let go and pass on to others. There are also times when I start a specific project and lose interest after the initial items are taken care of. I guess after the ideas, goals, and visions are completed I want to delegate the rest, as I want to move on the the next interesting thing. Like the butterfly in the picture…..

I would have to say that walking out the same day, from a company I was with for twenty years is probably the top one on the list!! There were things that were not being resolved with HR and employees who were downright harrassing. As a supervisor I had had enough. I left the same day I turned in my resignation and do not regret it for a minute. It has helped me grow in wisdom, character, and integrity; not to mention gaining a very satisfying position 3 months later. After basically putting my husband in shock, and having a few close friends get me through, I am more at peace and say move on, move on to where you are appreciated for what you are, what you do, and what you have accomplished

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