Monday, February 02, 2009

Sleeping With Bread

The examen, based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, helps a person hold onto what spiritually nourishes them by looking at what is giving them consolation in their life or causing him desolation. It allows someone to express his gratitude to God for the good stuff and turn to him for solace for the bad stuff. It is quite simple. You simply ask yourself, in the last day/week/month what gave me consolation and what caused me desolation.

So, without further ado ...

The Good.

Sunshine is smiling again! She is recovering from surgery and Life is very, very good indeed.

I was having some chest pain a couple of weeks ago. I went to the doctor and they gave me as many tests as my health insurance could endure. Everything is fine it turns out. Had too much stress and so now I am not allowed to bring work home anymore, I have to get more sleep and exercise, and de-stress. Thanks to the paragraph above, I think I can.

I am exceedingly grateful for the snow day we had. I needed the time to spend with Sunshine and then do some projects around the house.

The Bad.

Sunshine's Mom got some bad news from the doctor. Please include her in your thoughts and prayers.

The national economy stinks on ice. We haven't had too much of a problem yet here in Oklahoma. I pray that all the local media personalities and politicians talk of a "recession proof economy" doesn't tempt God.


kylie said...

i'm so pleased that sunshine is doing well and i like the way you do this exercise. reflection is so important

take care of yourself, skeeter


Harshita said...

I am glad Sunshine is better now.

I will keep her mom in my nite prayers for sure.

Mary-LUE said...

Thanks for joining us over at Sleeping with Bread!

You've got some good Good going on there... I hope that you are able to take the steps you need to destress. I can definitely relate to that.

I hope that Sunshine continues to recover and will send up a prayer for her mother.

(BTW, I'm originally for OK... my family hails from the Henryetta-ish part of the state.)

sharilyn said...

ah, yes, "our plans"...God hears them and just has to laugh... : ) it's usually when we're thinking we're so smart and have got all the solutions figured out when He reminds us it's not really about US, after all... He truly is the One in control...and Who knows what's really what! (kinda like us with our kids, huh?!)

Mel said...

It's definitely good to have you joining us, sir. And I'm very glad for what you shared here with us.
I'm a bit of an 'over-doer' and sometimes I forget when to be 'done', yaknow? Hopefully I can hear the message you brought to me longer than two minutes.....cuz I definitely need to do some things differently.

*sending healing, warm thoughts to Sunshine*

Thank you!

nebraska girl said...

Wishing a speedy recovery to Sunshine, and my thoughts and prayers are with Sunshine's mom.

The Idle Devil said...

Prayers for Sunshine's mom and the very best wishes to you both. Take care.

Eva said...

sending Sunshine's mom all the good vibes i can muster! and so happy to hear that Sunshine's smile has returned. :) as for the economy, it can feel free to take a hike now. i was able to buy some more time with my job, but who knows how long that will last. not promising.

Employee No. 3699 said...

I'm glad sunshine is recovering and that your tests came out okay. Take care~

Suzanne said...

All the best to all of you.


Technonana said...

Wonderful news, Sunshine is better!! So glad nothing showed up in your test. ( did you ask how to destress?)
I will be praying for Sunshine's mom!!!
Your Friend in SC

Lavinia said...

Interesting exercise. The thing I find about the 'desolation' part is that it seems to hang or hover on the edges of your mind at all times, but sometimes the consolation....well, you lose sight of it and have to remind yourself. Or something does the trick, prodding you to remember. I had an experience like that last week, during a snowstorm I suddenly heard birds singing! I was passing a stand of pine trees and although I couldn't see the birds, there must have been at least a dozen of them, all singing their hearts out like there was no tomorrow. I cannot begin to tell you how that lifted my spirits to such heights! I had been low and the singing birds were my angels. I thought, if those birds can find something to sing about while they are cold and probably haven't had anything to eat since they can't find any food in all this snow, then why can't I also sing praises, no matter what is going on? (And I hasten to add, there was a lot, negative, going on).

Great post!

kristi said...

I have stopped making work a priority and I have been able to de-stress...somewhat!

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