29 Gifts in 29 Days

Have you read the book 29 Gifts by Cami Walker?

I found this book in November of 2009 when our minister gave a talk about it.  Since November is gratitude month, this is my third year in which I use this book as a guide to give 29 gifts in 29 days.

Cami Walker  was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis one month after she married.  Her life was turned upside down, she couldn’t work, she was in pain and tremendously exhausted.  Life as she knew it was over.  She said she spent quite some time feeling sorry for herself and hating life.

 Now this is very significant to me because I was in a similar place at one point in my life.  I did not have a MS, but I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia one month after my wedding.  The pain was impossible to deal with.  I had to retire five years later and my life as I knew it was over.  On top of that, I had severe back problems, had surgery and had a very bad outcome.  I won’t go into all the problems I had, but suffice it to say, I could understand what Cami had been going through.

Back to Cami, by a dear friend told her to stop the whining and then wrote her a prescription.  The Rx said to give 29 gifts in 29 days.  They could be anything to anyone.  It did not necessarily have to be gifts that cost money or were even tangible.  They could be a phone call to an old friend, a thank you note, picking up someone’s dry cleaning or letting a stranger go ahead of her in line – you get the picture.  The gifts had to be mindful and from the heart – and given joyously and freely.

You need to read the book to see how it completely changed Cami’s life – but I can tell you that doing this has changed my life too. Even though this is my third year of mindfully giving 29 gifts in 29 days, I have adopted an attitude of giving on a regular basis.  It’s amazing that I have gotten back so much more than I could ever give.  It has changed my life in tremendous ways.  I now see the abundance of all good things in my life and not just lack, which had been my only focus.

November is not only the month for giving thanks but also for simply giving.  My gift to you is sharing Cami’s book. Enjoy her and check out her Website at 29gifts.org – I promise you huge wonderful changes just by simply reading this book.

Remembering that Life is Always Good and I’m in-joy-in my life.

Blissfully in-joying my GAP

Okay, I know it’s been a really long time. More about that later, the main thing is I WANT TO BLOG!!!

Lately I’ve been thinking about the journey, or more specifically, my journey. You know, the gap between where I am now and where I want to be. In the past, the gap was HUGE!!! I was nowhere close to where I wanted to be or how I wanted to live my life.

Now I hardly notice a gap. I find that quite intriguing. I know the importance of having goals, big ones and small ones. I know without them I don’t function well. I’ve always had to have something to look forward to. I call those my little goals – plans for out in the future that surely will be accomplished without much effort besides just being able to wait for them.

As for the big goals, well I guess I’ve been making them and reaching them too. Since I’ve last posted, we’ve sold our house (and received a profit!!), moved across country to Arizona, decorated our new house, joined a new church, and have made new friends.

Because I practice living in the “NOW” and out of the “HOW,” I’ve hardly noticed setting goals and achieving them. I’m wondering, could it be because I’m blissfully in-joying my GAP? (It used to be such a painful place to dwell, always waiting, worrying, wondering.) Am I enjoying the journey? Could this really be happening to me?

Could it be because I’ve chosen happiness, peace, friendship and love as my constant companions?