1. Debbie says:

    This has me written all over it. Except I’m really still working on the “magic” part. So, with luck, this is me, in future?

  2. Oh wow. This is pure brilliance–in it’s form & in it’s message. I am burning this one to memory, as you so beautifully put it.

    Thank you, thank you. You ARE a gift.

  3. Kelly says:

    Amazing. This is what I’ve been working on this summer and I’ve come to the same conclusions you have. Hmmmmm, greater power, universal flow or mere coincidence? I really love this sentence the best of all: “It’s not in the saving of the seas from the evildoers who invented plastic, it’s in the saving of this second from the pollution of judgement, fear and anger.” Well said!

  4. Cally says:

    Best post I’ve read in awhile. The woman in white…perfect. Loved this. Thank you so much for composing and sharing this beautiful realization. :::double high fives!

  5. Mister Chu says:

    And sometimes it is all that you didn’t write in two days that you do in an hour. Be well. MC

  6. Sucar says:

    Amazing. Imperative. Liberating. Truth. You got an AMEN! from me girl….keep preaching it to the choir until the choir sings it out in harmony.

  7. Taos says:

    Ok so normally i don’t say you’ve good good posts… But that one was pretty awesome mamma.

    And Eli?? Oh come on!!! What about me!? Just because I learned how to not throw fits to get what I want magically makes me not a good teacher???

    And well Eli, She’ll get over it. Trust me.

  8. Christa says:

    “How consistent and abundant the gifts really are, and how the only real variable is my receptiveness.”

    What a beautiful lesson – thanks for the reminder, as always.

  9. Babs says:

    Poetic and profound…….

  10. Thank you, Beth, for another timely, soulful post.

  11. Adah says:

    So much to process in one read-through. It seems that there are emotional seasons that change as the the light gets longer or shorter each year. I’m plugged into several wonderful writers through their blogs, and while the styles and messages are different, there is often a synchrony in the how timely and relevant the posts are. Right now I am experiencing deep emotional unrest as the school year begins again for me as a teacher while my kids stay home with a sitter. This is the third new school year for me since I’ve had my kids and no matter what I do with my schedule and my children’s schedule September is deeply unsettling. It would seem that what feels like my own isolated, emotional struggle is perhaps a much more universal and common experience though, as this last week has been filled with WONDERFUL insight from the writers I’ve found over the years. It is just so frustrating that it is apparently going to take years for me to figure out how to find a good recipe for more productive and joyful seasons of change/changing seasons since each one comes just once a year. I do feel so much more mindful when I’ve had a chance to read your thoughts (and it really is so helpful to step away from the info-sphere for a while, too).

  12. Audra says:

    reminds me that the things we say to our children, are the very things that God is saying to us…
    Thank you for this wonderful and thought provoking post.

  13. HeronSister says:

    Lovely post!
    What I want to know is, what happened next with your daughter? If she’s anything like mine, she didn’t begin to see the blessings all around her. (Yes, I know it’s about where I miss the blessings, and the answer is, often! When I remember, practicing gratitude is one of my best helpers in life.) At the same time, there’s a 9-year-old girl interfering with my experience of that beautiful beach! I can just about get that she gives me the opportunity to help her see the blessings. Unfortunately my techniques for doing so are all failures. So what happened with the lovely Eli that day?

  14. Sarah says:

    Beth – I just wanted to say thank you. Thanks for making the world a better place. Peace.

  15. Evelyn says:

    This post just spoke to my soul, and I’ve been trying to digest it. I’ve been pushing the gifts away or just simply not noticing them. THANK YOU for calling attention to the grace of God that surrounds us all the time. I’ve been keeping this post up in my browser just to remind me.

    A friend sent me your link, and I just love the site. Thank you!!

  16. Jennifer says:

    I cannot tell you how much my soul needed that truth. I have been struggling with the weight of feeling like I am not enough (that there is not enough of me and what is there is not good enough), that I’m stuck where I don’t want to be stuck. On top of that I feel overwhelmingly guilty because the reality is that my life is not so bad. I look around and think “Why am I whining, it could be so much worse.” This whole thought process becomes a vicious cycle and I just sink lower and lower.

    I can promise you that I will re-read these words again. I will because truth is not something flat and one-dimensional. It is alive and growing. I need to remember that yes there are some things in life you cannot change – but WE are always capable of change. I want to be the woman in white too. Thank you.

  17. Elisha says:

    Uhhh what a great read and so true. We seem to learn as adults to focus on the negative and forget to be be open to all of the little ‘gifts’ as you say, that are present in every moment. Thanks for lifting me today 🙂

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