Sunday, March 22, 2009

Trials can make us bitter or better.

It had been a while since I cried about everything and yesterday I broke down and the tears came gushing out. I was out running some errands and the tears just started coming, so, I called my mom and she calmed me down. Thank you Mom! When I got home, Melinda gave me a big hug and sat with me while I got the rest of the tears out.
I am so lucky to have both of these women in my life. They sat and reminded me that I have so much going for me and so much to offer. Both my Mom and Melinda reminded me of the opportunity that I have to now expand my social circle in this area and also to try out new things; volunteer opportunities and exploring religion.
And so although it is still hard to get motivated or excited about things, I am determined to make the most of this tough time. There was a thought in today's devotional that I wanted to share.
"To triumph in trials we must learn stability--remain the same, continue in our commitments and walk in love. Going through hard times and continuing to be good and kind to others is a sure way to triumph in trials. If you are in a time of trials, they don't have to defeat you---let them make you stronger."
My goal this week is to make some contacts to find a volunteer opportunity. I have found several at the Stanford Hospital that interest me. One is as an Exercise Facilitator for the elderly and the other is just as an aid at home for an elderly person. I would really love to volunteer with the elderly population. I am sure old age can be lonely and trying for many people and I would love to help brighten someone's day, whether it is through helping to run errands or simply offering my company.

Here is a picture of my new room. It's actually really big so it doesn't fit in the picture, I really love it. I have a beautiful desk with bookshelves and a window that looks out on the backyard.

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