I can’t tell you how much it’s been a comfort to me that so many of you reached out after my post 2 weeks ago with words of encouragement and love. You inspired me to remember how to keep from getting stuck in the pit of despair and reminded me of my own words and resilience. For this, I am immeasurably grateful.
So, I’ve decided to share some of my secret sauce for de-stressing that’s not mentioned in any of my books…watching animated Disney movies. They help distract me and for at least a while, and my anxiety subsides as I am transported into these heartwarming stories. A couple I’ve watched more than once lately are Encanto and Turning Red. Both are coming of age stories about remarkable pre-teen/tween girls who become fully themselves in spite of each of their family’s well-meaning intentions to protect them from harm and rejection. Enough said.
After living in a world of silence for about a week and feeling like one of these girls on their hero’s journey, my hearing started coming back and now I’ve regained most of my hearing. Soon, I expect to be fully recovered. A fortunate outcome indeed.
To all of you who have supported me on this journey, I would like to thank you with this Celtic poem (which is in one of my books):
May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.