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Little Nuggets of Gold
by Rev. Cheryl Jewett

As a writer, occasionally, little nuggets of gold I have written from years gone by, pop up from the far back reaches of a dresser drawer which, even still today can offer new insights and wisdom. It is reason to pause and reflect, to be filled with appreciation and wonderment.

Several years ago, my Multiple Sclerosis tended to rule my life in more ways than I liked. That was before Avonex, a drug I now boldly term as my miracle drug. Though I was a bit apprehensive about this new treatment regimen in my life, I courageously made training arrangements for my once a week very costly self-injection which I might add I could not afford were it not for me having insurance. Pre-Avonex, I was squeamish just watching someone poke me with a needle and here I was going to poke myself! The first time I gave myself the injection (in training) I was beyond nervous. And, it seemed to take me forever to do it, prep and all. Today, I just breeze through it all, like I've been doing it all my life.

The Best Days of My Life

The best days of my life are days when I am able to change my thoughts, not control them, but manage them.
God knows I already have control issues, I surely do not need another one!
I love days when I can nip a negative scary thought in the bud, and feed into my mind, a beautiful inspirational thought instead; times when I can arise on my own, dress myself, and do other mundane activities sometimes denied me by the presence of MS in my life.
Since we live on the insane asylum of the Universe - the planet Earth - that skill is even more important to survival.
I love times when I am so relaxed that I don't pick at my lips or my fingers.
And, to acknowledge my talents and share them…well, that's just like being in Heaven!
To remember the hardships as well as the triumphs in my life tends to balance my perspective, to the point where I focus more on gratitude for my many blessings rather than griping about the perceived travesties rained down upon my teeny corner of this vast world.
For truly, my life is prosperous beyond belief.
Each morning, I awaken to another glorious twenty-four hours in which I continue to perfect my soul - hours during which my happy heart rejoices in the God-Spirit's gift to me, life itself.
The sun still shines as it always has, some days a little more shrouded in clouds than others.
The trees, the flowers, the birds - in all forms, all sizes, all colours, continue to decorate my universe.
The lakes, rivers, oceans, all unceasingly changing.
And, the magnificent night sky sporting many twinkling bursts of energy we know of as stars, and a moon which keeps us synchronized to all that is.
To ignore these miracles is to ignore the Precious God-Spirit's Divine Presence.
Today is a blessed day in which I can share myself with others.
A gentle smile to a stranger.
A chuckle with a child.
Random acts of kindness abound everywhere, mine being only one of many testing the waters of humanity.
A sincere yet simple compliment to a neighbour.
Telling someone special how much she/he means to me.
All of these actions reflecting my joy and excitement for an abundant life.

My best days are when I can whisk away thoughts of worry, doubt, and fear, replacing them with trust and faith in myself, my God, my body, mind, and spirit.
This belief in a Higher Power continually sprinkles my life with blessings, with Light and Love, knowing that life is unfolding perfectly for all of us.
I ask this Great Spirit to illuminate situations which will bring forth my life lessons sooner rather than later so that I may learn them and return Home…to stay!
Each day, the continual expectancy of positiveness.
Each day, a blessing.
Surely, each day, a challenge.
Because of this and other miraculous moments in my life, I look forward to each and every tomorrow!

With gratitude, I double my joy. With gratitude, I find I can turn my life upside down and inside out, opening my mind and heart to areas previously filled only with scepticism, fear, and doubt. With gratitude, I release my expectations into the abundant universe, knowing I am divinely sourced, loved, and protected. And, when not confronted with frustration, exhaustion, and anxiety due to my MS, and by learning to accept what is, I find and work with this truth. It is what it is. In the moments when I was able to pull myself out of the emotional turmoil accompanying my youngest son's passing, I would sit quietly and hear that hushed whisper, that silent Voice of the Sweet God-Spirit, "You are my child. I am most proud."

Cheryl, from Michigan, says, "Having had Multiple Sclerosis for almost thirty years, I've learned much about adapting and squeezing joy out of life. Therefore, I am a metaphysical minister who believes God is in everything, everywhere. And, the Sweet God-Spirit surely lives in my little Maya-puppy, who kept me connected with life after my youngest son was killed in a freak automobile accident ten years ago."

Cheryl seeks to inspire healing, so she developed a website dedicated to those who are grieving.

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