Understanding that not everyone is an active participant in social media- Our Daily reflections for our #OneMinuteOneLife Grateful Hearts Challenge are duplicated here for greater participation. We hope you are able to take the time and reflect with us this month about what an amazing gift Life truly is. Pass on our mission and your gratitude for the lives that have impacted you by sharing our reflections or creating your own personal reflections Via Email, Link Share, Text Message or Print Outs.
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Reflection 1: “Carpe Diem”
“Carpe Diem” is the phrase that keeps coming to mind when I reflect on the Visitation House Challenge #OneMinuteOneLife. But “seizing the day” was not something I wanted to do when I woke up this morning. I woke up feeling exhausted, as if had just ran a marathon and to top it off it was raining and the cold I had been fighting finally made its debut in the form of a very sore throat. As I prepared for my day, I reflected a little more on the two phrases and how they differed from each other.
Reflection 2: “Free Will”
“I eat cake because it is somebody’s birthday somewhere.”
I saw this quote on a t-shirt and it reminded me of my life. I will be celebrating 6 birthdays within a 6 week span, 2 in my immediate family, and 4 with my extended Visitation House family. Between the two homes there will be cake …and lots of it. Although the circumstances aren’t ideal for my diet- I am thankful I get the opportunity to celebrate each of these lives – unique from the next. Cherished. Chosen. Sent. New and not so New. I am also grateful that cake is my favorite dessert and that I have the free will to decline when necessary. (Side note: I will also be celebrating thanksgiving in 3 homes.)
Free will is something we often take for granted. A baby in the womb relies on the mother’s choice- weather or not he or she – will live or die.
Today, I am grateful my mother chose life for me. I am grateful that she pushed past any fears and doubts that may have arose throughout her pregnancy. I am thankful my father supported her. I am thankful that she never had to say “It’s too difficult; I can’t do it.”
Visitation House gives back a woman’s free will at a time when she feels trapped, scared and unsupported. She is granted the option to choose life when she once thought it impossible. Here at Visitation House women and their babies are celebrated- They are given the support and tools they need to become a strong family unit.
What a wonderful world we live in that our extended community can see the potential in these unborn lives and that every once and a while we all need a helping hand.