I’ve found that when you properly lay out life’s priorities then each day just feels right.  I’m not talking about bills, work, and all of those things that create stress; I’m talking about real life.  For me, real life is family, love, health, joy, faith, and gratitude.

Family.  My kids come first.  They are capable adults, however, for me to be whole, they need to know that I am there at a moment’s notice if they need anything from me.  My grandchildren are an extension of my kids so they also have my unwavering support, my unconditional love.

And speaking of love… is a strange and difficult thing at times.  Even with heartbreak, to have loved and been loved, it is beyond value.  I can’t flip my love switch off.

At the age of 57, my health has moved up in my list of real life priorities.  Being fit, eating healthy, means living longer – right?  I hope so.  Some new scary challenges in my health have created a bit of fear and realization of my own mortality.

Joy – Grammyjoy!  This one should probably be lumped with family.  When I am surrounded by my family, I feel the most joy.  Of course, there are other times which make me tremble with joy; music, sunsets, the smell of fall, etc.

My faith is just that – mine.  I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all.  As soon as someone begins to condemn someone else’s faith, I check out.  We need to find our own paths.

I saved gratitude for last as it is necessary for all of this to fit properly in my life.  I am grateful.  I have been given so much in my life and too often I took it all for granted.  There were times I was lost.  I was a mess.  I didn’t understand why until I found myself.  I am most grateful for that gift; for realizing who I am and being happy with her.


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