Saturdays. For some, a day of leisure. For some, a day of labor. Just any other day to many others. On this particular Saturday we received confirmation. Confirming news that my mother will get to leave Christus St. Vincent’s hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico after receiving a stent in her arteries and go home. Again.
We are thankful for her release because we know that will lift her spirits. We also received confirming news on further test results. Results that answer so many questions regarding attitudes, hurts…pain that resulted in ill behavior by many of us. All forgiven. Now, what to do with the new results? Continue to forgive or forget? Both.
The brain, the body, even relationships need exercise to stay fit. A good workout that is. If they stay stagnant they get stale. That is why people set goals when trying to stay on a fitness program of any type. To be consistent. Hold themselves accountable. Count down, tally up….whatever the case may be.
Brain games such as cognitfit, fit brains by Rosetta Stone and memory games by lumosity can be found online to stimulate the brain. Some sort of gym or trainer can be easily accessible for most people in America. But relationships…relationships take a different kind of effort. A two way effort that involves both the brain and parts of the body.
Relationships that are one sided aren’t healthy and don’t last. I’m thankful today. Thankful for two-way conversations that are filled with with questions, memories, laughter. Welcomed thoughts. Not only listening on one end but both ends. Which means not only talking on one end but both ends. A two-way relationship. A healthy relationship.
An answered prayer. Something that I have prayed about for many years. God knew my heart’s desire even when I didn’t have the words.
If your thinking, “I’ll just leave a quick message. That counts for the challenge.” Think again. You are missing the point. That is cheating. Cheating yourself. Cheating the one on the other end of the receiver. Cheating those watching. Observing. The ones that will one day be calling you.