Hi there, Journal & Friends,
I must admit this, and be honest before all my friends... I am a member of IO. There, I said it.
Sometimes I am invited to be the guest speaker. So I wanted to share with you my last speech, given just yesterday.
Here it is, word for word:
Hello, my name is Loretta, and I am an Incurable Optimist. As fellow I.O.members, you know we just can't help ourselves from looking for that blessin' or lesson in each of life's circumstances. But, we cope one day at a time.
I had a recent experience that was both terrifying and exhilarating.
This last Sunday, I was taking my shower and due to some current medical issues it was just too much exertion. I started gasping for breath, but just couldn't get enough air. I quickly sat on a stool, and called out to my husband, who was waiting nearby just in case. I am so thankful he was right there!!
I slumped onto him and he didn't let me fall, as I started seeing spots and winking in and out. Finally, I was gone. Out. Phhtt! How long, I can't say. It seemed like a long time to me. This was the terrifying part.
Now for the exhilarating part.
I took a trip to Outer Space! Honestly, it was sooo vivid and real. I saw galaxies, nebulae, stellar clusters and constellations. Here are some examples that used to look stunning to me, before I visited it "in person" .
What I saw was gorgeous and stunning. Luminous! It felt sooo real! It pulsed and was alive and somehow I knew it was "good". It was sooo beautiful.
The favorite place I "visited" had an oval-ish shaped creamy whitish/pinky/peachy swirly mass, glowing and transluscent... pulsing in the center of black space, which itself was teeming with twinkling stars and bodies of all colors and sizes. I even "knew" there were twinkling black stars.
I loved it, and longed to see more. I had no sense of time, I don't know how long I was there, though it seemed like a long time, and didn't want to leave... but drifted in and out of consciousness, finally coming back home, to find my dear husband holding me, praying for me.
Yes, not being able to get enough air and passing out was terrifying... but I'd almost (almost, I said) pay that price again if I could go back into Outer Space!
This experience is what caused me to present my little self bright and early Monday morning at the doctors office. Which unleashed another astounding (well, to me anyway) chain of events. Another roller coaster day was about to begin!!
Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of this spine-chilling, hair-raising tale of adventure... or... for more self-indulgent blogging... ha ha ha ha
PS: The story is true... my membership in IO is fiction.... Or is it??
From Dr Phil's book: That's your priority. You must hold yourself to a higher standard now. You cannot be wishy washy."
My verse for today: "I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations."
My quote for today: "The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead." --Robert Brault
Enjoy the Journey,