There are so many things to be grateful for in my life. I have a loving husband and children and many friends that would help me out at a moments notice.
Too often, we get so busy in our lives that we forget to reflect and be grateful for what is right in front of us. We need to really appreciate the little things. The things that make us smile everyday. They can be people, objects or even memories. In the darkest of our hours, we need to be able to look at what is right in front of us, what is happening right now. We can’t dwell on the past, it has happened. We can learn from it and appreciate the lessons we learned from it. We can’t focus on the tomorrows of our life, they have not happened yet and our energy can be wasted on the “what if’s”. We need to live for today, tomorrow is never guaranteed to any of us.
One of my greatest memories of my past that I am grateful to have, is that of one of the teachers from my high school days. He did not teach any of my classes, but he did teach me about enjoying today. He taught me to appreciate my surroundings and myself. I did not have a grand self-confidence. As a matter of fact, I did not like myself at all. This particular teacher believed that everybody was here to serve a purpose, none of us are here by accident. He complimented me everyday, as well as all the other students. Everyday, he said something to me that showed me I was worth being here. He reminded me of one positive in my life everyday, even if that positive was just being able to get to school. He did not single handedly change my image of myself, but he certainly played a big part of it.
That teacher passed away last week. Something in me told me to check the obituaries of my home town and his was at the top of the page. It was like I needed to see it to be reminded of just how grateful I am for my life. I was feeling a bit down and feeling like I was no longer serving a purpose to anyone. Remembering this man reminded me that I was too busy looking at what I cannot do, and not what I can. It brought back some of my life’s greatest lessons, and I am so grateful for that. Thank you Mr. Dove for once again showing me to be grateful for what is right in front of me, starting with the mirror. You were a great educator and wonderful person and you will be missed by many. You will also be remembered by the many students you inspired in your 33 year career.
I looked up the meaning of Dove today, and it was like he was born to bear the name.
If Dove has flown into your life;
She may be reminding you that in order to soar, you must know when to move your wings and when to allow the wind to take you to new heights. If you were to sit on a branch looking to the sky and hoping the wind will simply pick you up, you would never move. You must surrender and allow the wind support your wings. Get moving… and experience the exhilaration of flying higher and higher.
Alternatively Dove could be letting you know that you need to simply stop and take a few deep breaths. Let go of the turmoil that is currently surrounding you and find peace within you. Know that what you see right now is reality shifting in ways you never thought possible and that what you are truly looking for is just around the corner. The most chaos happens just before your dreams come true.
If Dove is your Spirit Animal Totem;
You are truly one of the most gentle and giving persons on the planet. You have a sense of innocence that attracts that attracts many people to you. You sometimes have difficulty with others as the tend to take advantage of your pacifistic ways and the calm and serenity that is natural to your being. You are a natural nurturer and make an excellent parent.
Rest easy Mr. Dove, you have earned your wings.