My yellow dahlia has bloomed. It is large (eight inches across) and healthy and a joy to behold. There are several more buds on the plant so soon I will have even more blossoms. I planted the tubers in late spring and was disappointed when only one of the plants came up. I watered it and cared for it and watched it grow strong. This is the reward of taking care of a plant.--a reason to get up everyday and the enjoyment of beauty that only God can create.
Last November, I went to the human society and adopted a large Catahoula/blue tick hound. This dog is large, stubborn, active, and very loving. It takes time and energy to take care of her. She has been abandoned once and I don't ever want that to happen to her again. She is the reason I stay active and look at life with a different perspective. She teaches me something everyday. She gives me a reason to be outside, move even when I don't want to, and be aware of all the creatures that God has given to us to enhance our lives.
I have a twenty five year old daughter, Sky, who has Down Syndrome. She has taught me patience and resilience and tolerance and the importance of structure. She works a full time job and shows me that anyone can work hard--even the mentally retarded. She also is a potter. She initiated and pays for an ongoing pottery class and I have a room full of her beautiful creations. She is independent but needs a guardian to look after her welfare. She also gives me a reason to live and to live life fully.
I write. It is one of my passions. I never have enough time to write all that I want to write. I look forward to every day to see what unfolds on the page. I live to write and I write to live. It is a wonderful reason for living.
I have so much to live for. I can not list all the reasons here because I can not just write about life but I have to step away from the computer and live it.
I have heard some say that they have nothing to live for. It is hard for me to understand. God gave them life. They have a purpose--they just haven't discovered it yet. Today I thank God that I have an abundance to live for and I pray for all of those who think they do not.. I pray that their eyes and hearts are open to possibilities and they to can discover something to live for. amen.