Sublime Sunday Reading – Today – Enlightenment – Rising Above

Sublime Sunday Reading – Today – Enlightenment – Rising Above

Sublime Sunday Reading – Today – Enlightenment – Rising Above

By Patty L. Fletcher

Sunday June 9, 2024

Moon Phase Waxing Crescent

Tarot Card Draw– Ace of Wands – Creation – Realization – Invention – Renewal

“Today, is yesterday’s tomorrow and tomorrow is another day. Life goes on.”

Author unknown.

If you always do what you did, you’ll always do what you do.

Repeating the same action, while always expecting a new reaction, is insanity.

If what you’re doing isn’t working, no matter where you go, there you are. You must make a personal change, before your situation changes.

You must stop repeating the same mistakes over in your new space.

These are things I must keep in mind when considering a move. It won’t make a bit of difference where I live if I continue making certain mistakes.

I realize some of these things are me. They’re a part of who I am. I cannot totally change all of me, but I can learn to use what I am in a better way.

I can improve without losing me.

Anyone who starts out wanting to change you is not necessarily thinking of you. Most likely they’re unhappy with themselves but to make it bearable they project their unhappiness onto you.

Reflect. Deflect. Do not allow this.

I’ve been here, done this and still have the scars.

All jokes aside, that’s the truth.

I am what I am. Must that be all I am? I believe not. I believe I can always grow, learn, and improve. I believe when one does this, they’re raising their level of consciousness.

In 2017, I became extremely ill. I had a UTI and Kidney Infection go rogue. I was quite sick. I lost all my strength. Then, I had an episode during which I had what they called brain spasms for 48 hours. Imagine a coke bottle, inflated then deflated, and re-inflated repeatedly and that’s what my blood vessels were doing. It left me with short term memory loss, the inability to free stand, extraordinarily little balance, and my spatial direction disorder was off the charts.

The first morning I was in the nursing therapy facility, my physical therapists came into my room and asked, “Ms. Fletcher, what do you hope to accomplish while you’re here?”

To which I answered, “I intend to work my dog and walk out of here under my own power.”

At first, I was angry. I continued but faced much struggle. I had various sicknesses and setbacks. I was in and out of hospital after I was released from the nursing therapy facility. I struggled during spring, summer, fall and the beginning of winter.

Slowly, I regained my physical self.

While these things were happening, I was being exposed to another sort of people, things, and places I’d not come upon before.

I came upon a part of myself I’d not taken the time to know. I realized there was a whole part of me not being allowed to live. I also realized the medications I was taking were part of the problem. I spoke with a doctor. He turned out to be the doctor for the facility I was in. He helped me correctly go off one set of medications and onto another set. The new meds did multiple things, and soon things were settling for me in a new way.

It was as if a switch had been flipped. I was able to think more clearly. I saw things in an entirely new light. I realized there were some people in my life who would have to go if I were to embrace this undiscovered portion of me. I realized the other unhealthy people were making me unhealthy. Slowly I let them go. Slowly I found more of me. I liked the new parts. I worked to make them click into place with the rest of me.

I learned some of me had to go too. There were parts of me which weren’t healthy.

Some time later, when writing about these things to a training manager at The Seeing Eye and talking of how it had changed even the guide dog experience for me, he wrote, “You have become aware.” That was true. He spoke truth and that was that.

That is enlightenment. I didn’t have to have a stupid flash of lightning or crash of thunder echoing across the sky. The miracle was within me, waiting to be set free.

I am still a work in progress. But I’m having a blast working it all out.

Living is the fun part.

Looking back on it is even better.

“I know I’m alive, because I can look behind me and see the wreckage of my life.”

Author unknown.

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About Patty L. Fletcher

Updated April 2024.

Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue.

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Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn.

Patty is quite involved with The American Council of the Blind – ACB and its community.

She’s a member of Guide Dog Users Incorporated where she serves on the GDUI Election Candidacy Task Force, and the membership Committee.

She works with the Audio Description Project by serving on the ADP Performing Arts Committee.

She has also recently joined Blind Information Technology Specialists (BITS). Another special affiliate of ACB.

Though she’s not yet found her place there, she is learning things from their informational content.

She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast, which have recently been reconstructed and can all be found in Patty’s Worlds.

WRITING GOAL…

Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.

Patty is also a published author.

Learn more at the links below.

All full-length published works…

https://www.amazon.com/stores/Patty-L.-Fletcher/author/B00Q9I7RWG?

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher

Anthologies…

Midnight Roost: https://books2read.com/MidnightRoost

Visions: https://books2read.com/VisionsAnthology

Poetry Treasures 3: Passions: https://books2read.com/VisionsAnthology

Strange Weather Anthology

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Blog…

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Goodreads…

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