Stop and Smell the Roses

Roses in my Garden

stop and smell the roses

Tonight I planted the very first Mothers Day gift I have ever been given-a miniature rose tree that K bought with her own money after she saw me swooning over it at Costco.  It was very nearly dead when she brought it home to me hoping that I could bring it back to life.  While I was outside I was grumbling and getting incredibly frustrated that I couldn’t find my pruning sheers so that I could make it look alive again…anger started to fill within me.  And then a voice in my head said be grateful…this is what you asked for…a child who calls you mama.

I finished planting my rose and as I was walking around my house tonight picking up pair after pair of little tiny dirty socks I started grumbling…why can’t they pick up their socks?  And then a voice in my head said be grateful…this is what you asked for…a family of your own who loves you beyond measure.

As I was turning off the lights and locking up the doors I started feeling sad because my love is away at drill serving his once a month duty in the United States Army National Guard…why can’t he be here with me?  I did not sign up to be a single parent once a month.  And then a voice in my head said be grateful…this is what you prayed for…someone who loves you for who you are, no matter what, forever and ever.

So very often we get SO wrapped up in our “to do” list that…

We forget to be grateful…
We forget that we are loved beyond measure…
We forget to be in the here and the now…in this moment…
We forget that this is EXACTLY where we are supposed to BE…RIGHT…NOW…

Right now, in this moment, I invite you to stop and just…

Feel both your feet on the ground
Close your eyes and take a deep breath
Hear your body
Slow your mind

Now…in this stillness…feel the gratitude seep through you and say “Thank You” and remember the next time you are in the middle of the “to do’s” that this is what you asked for, a life full of endless possibilities and absolute, divine LOVE!

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About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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