Friday, December 11, 2009

Only the Good Friday, December 11, 2009

A cozy campfire to keep you toasty. Some of us need this to keep warm this week.

The news from the person on the other end of the telephone earlier this week was some of the best I’ve heard in a long time and will be the focus of this week’s “Good” on Friday. You know, posting only “Good” stuff on Friday, the brainstorm of Shelly's at This Eclectic Life blog.

You may remember in June of last Summer, when I was planning and changing motorcycle trip plans. First I was riding to Alaska with an old friend, then we were meeting and riding across the country. And when we did finally meet up, we rode back to Wisconsin only to have my friend leave his BMW R100GS in my garage for two months. He hurriedly traveled back to Northern California to be with his wife. She has been on kidney dialysis and there were some problems.

Last Summer, with my friend in the mountains.

He did get back in August, and we did continue the ride, but only for a short time as he had to get home. I didn’t mind the interruptions in our motorcycle adventures as I knew home was where he needed to be. I was glad we found some time to ride together. That was a "Good" thing for both of us. I do have a lot of footage from the handlebar mounted movie camera and can boot that up and take much of the ride again and again. Come to think of it, after the Winter storm we just experienced and the cold wave that has settled in here in the Northland, maybe watching the scenery shot on those trips would be fun and help to feel warm. It's well below zero temperature wise, and the wind chill is down to almost twenty below!

The call this week was from my friend and riding buddy Hal. He called me from a hospital in San Francisco with the news that his wife had a successful kidney transplant and is recovering nicely. It’s a long road with the anti rejection drugs and the possibility of complications from such a surgery, but we’re all optimistic that all will be okay in the long run and our dear friend Ellen can go back to a somewhat normal way of life after years of struggling with health issues related to failing kidneys.

This is all I need to say today. This "Good" news about our close and dear friend is very welcoming. I won’t go into a long researched forum about transplants and donors and recipients. I will say that Ellen waited years to get a donated kidney, and now it is her time. You’ll be hard pressed to get me to admit that prayers and positive energy sent to our friends from family and friends all over didn’t play a part in the outcome. This is a really “Good” thing.

For those of you that celebrate it, Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. Other groups have their Winter celebrations now as well. Chanukka and Kwanzaa come to mind. I know others that don’t mention Christmas and say things like Holiday Season or Gift Giving Season. Whatever you do, or don’t do, I hope it is “Good” for you and all you share it with. We'll be lighting a fire on Sunday evening, December 20th in honor of the Winter Solstice. Then December 24th, we'll gather together as one big family and have Christmas at our home. Our family will reenact a tradition we started in 1973 for the first time since we abandoned the practice in 1991.

Above all, feel “Good” about yourself. It all starts right in your own heart. Hard to help others if you aren’t in “Good” enough shape inside.

Peace to all.


I, Like The View said...

"Above all, feel “Good” about yourself. It all starts right in your own heart. Hard to help others if you aren’t in “Good” enough shape inside."


thank you, dear man, thank you

Spadoman said...

First of all, I want to thank I, Like The View very much for stopping by the Round Circle. I guess I should say "Thanks" to 123 123 as well, after all, he. she or it, stopped by and said something.
I know, I know, it's a porn site, but it's one with at least a modicum of class. Most of the women are clothed, and the naked ones are just topless.
I could delete this bit of spam, but with readership on my humble blog down to these depths, I'll leave it as I need the numbers.
I thought if quitting again. Over the past 5 years or so that I've been blogging, I've stopped a couple of times. This time, I'll leave it be and have all those crazy thoughts trying to figure out what it is people don't like or if I did something to someone that pissed them off.
Oh well, it is what it is. In the meantime, the call girl site from the UK stays. It's probably following those Brits that come over here.
So, I wish Peace to all.

And thanks, View, Thanks so much for stopping by.

susan said...

That's wonderful news about his wife's new kidney. I do know dialysis is very painful so this is a great, great Christmas present for them and all who love them

Mel said...

Okay, that's IT. RAWR!!

R A W R ! ! !

(that's for the 'Moof Monster' that ate my comment!)
(I'm sure it's nothing personal--LOL)

Lemme try AGAIN..
First of all....I so love a campfire! GREAT start--it warmed me inside to just see it, given the subzero temperatures we've had.

And I'm so, sooooo glad for Hal and for his wife. It's a hard 'wait' and a long and tentative recovery. I'll send angels and prayers....I do hope it all continues to go well.

Like ILTV, it was that bit about the good in ME that brought it all together. Cuz you're right. Lord knows I've spent a lotta time hearing every critical thing about me and embracing it as the truth about Mel. It took me to places that I don't want to find myself again. The best defence is a great offense--and I spent a whole lot of energy offending other people to keep them 'in check', too scared to say 'boo' to me.

Today, I know there's 'good' in me--loads of it. And that inventory/examen I do, isn't an indictment of my worth and value--it's just 'stuff' to do something with, yaknow? It took me a lot of work to arrive in this place...but 'here' is an awesome place to be!

((((((((( Spadoman ))))))))))

I thank you for reminding me of that and affirming what I can sometimes let get 'foggy' in my brain.

And thank you for helping me see the 'good' around me today--even WITH the Moof Monster eating my posst. *laughing*

((((((((( Spadoman )))))))))))

Blessings to you and yours!!

Spadoman said...

Okay, I removed the porn comment from the escort service. To be honest, they didn't interest me at all.

I want to thank my loyal friends for stopping by. I do appreciate it.

susan... Yes, my friends have waited a long time for the transplant. It is a great event in their life and the lives of her family and friends. Good to see you.

Mel... When I saw that picture of the campfire, I was thinking the exact same thing, that it would be nice with temps hovering below zero every morning lately.
We are happy for our friends and hope and pray the recovery goes quickly.
Glad you found something in those words about the "Good" in folks and yourself. The thought was started because I was thinking about forgiving, starting with myself, you know, step 8. Thanks for coming by and for the hugs. Greatly appreciated.

Peace to all.