Today I took the time to visit my parents. It's something I don't always take the time to do, but today I needed to. Their house was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy and they had to evacuate. Their cars flooded. Their house flooded and the roof was ripped off like the lid of a sardine can. I just needed to see them, to hug them, to be near them and know that they are alive and breathing and making it through the loss of a home they have spent a lot of the past 2 years working together to fix and make into a liveable retirement home. I didn't really want to leave them. I have 3 sons who need me here at home, so I had to leave. But that little visit made my whole week and then some. They are ok. They are survivors. Their smiles warmed my heart and their voices soothed my soul. A little visit that made a big impression on my heart.
As a music lover, I was sad to see lots of sopping wet CD cases laying around and opened them to see what could be salvaged. We dried them off and they are ok! It was exciting to find a CD entitled 'Hope' that was completely unharmed...the only one that water didn't sop into. It gave me some comfort to know that my parents' music would be there for them to cheer their spirits. A little thing that can mean so very much.
My Dad's Marine uniform had gotten damaged from the floods, but the hat, which has his name stamped inside, was completely unharmed and will be well-loved by grandsons who will love pretending to be as strong and brave as their Pop Pop. A little thing of joy.
I sat in a local restaurant next to my Mom tonight, eating a cup of the most delicious local soup and sandwich I have ever tasted. We were ragged and probably smelled like the sea water that had flooded the house, but were welcomed with smiles and warmth and for that span of time, it felt like everything in the world was going to be ok. The little gift of hospitality and friendship.
My family had the great honor this month of being nominated as Peace Seekers by the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation: http://www.mattieonline.com/?page_id=8842
Stepanek had a real gift for words and for describing all of the little
things that filled his life in big, meaningful ways. You can read more about him here: http://www.mattieonline.com/?page_id=15
A little peacemaker with an amazingly huge impact.
I think we all need to become peace seekers. And it is not always easy, but what I have learned from Mattie is that it is a choice. And it is a choice we can all make. It starts with each one of us and flows through the little things we do each day, the way we interact with our friends and our families and spreads out into our world.
Do you seek peace? What are the little things that bring joy, hope, comfort and peace to you and those you love? Whatever they are, may they be abundant in your life! <3 br="br">3>