My reading in Simple Abundance today, reminds us of the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. Here's one of my favorite lines in the whole story: "The Skin Horse patiently explained to the bunny that 'Real isn't how you are made. It's a thing that happens to you. When a child lives you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.
"Becoming Real doesn't happen overnight to toys or people. 'Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.'"
Sometimes being Real comes with a lot of unpleasantness - I got my reminder letter in the mail yesterday to make my appointment for the 6 month mammogram to check on my breast lump... Which reminded me to make my six month appointment for my cancer check... There can be a lot of anxiety in being Real - but all of that can remind you how much you are loved, and how good life is, as well.
Sometimes we think life would be better and more fun if there wasn't unpleasantness... But I think it makes it all the richer and more beautiful!
Here's to being Real!
Things I am thankful for today:
4. Starting another blog for my church
5. Dinner with a friend
6. Two new ladies at book group!
7. A friend's funny laughs
8. Getting work done before I leave for my trip
9. Mom and Dad helping with the dog and rides to and from the airport - so nice!