I have IPF, which is Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). What that means is my lungs are compromised, the air passages being more and more constricted, making it hard to breathe. The medical community hasn’t discovered a cause, or a cure. I recently received stem cell therapy, and it has given me a new life. If you are interested for yourself or your loved ones, please contact me and I can put you in touch with the medical group that performed my procedure.
I was diagnosed with the disease around 5 years ago, and as a consequence, I began to view time differently: it was no longer infinite, but a precious commodity. Coupled with that sobering realization, my disease granted me a precious gift: it taught me to slow down and look, and by looking I discovered there is a heaven, here on earth, full of grace, surrounded by beauty, love, and wonder.
I discovered that God’s gifts, his bounties, are hiding in plain sight; we just need to look, to exalt in the love and grace we are all surrounded by.
Slowing down releases you to revel in the festival of grace that envelops us all. The beauty and love we are surrounded by is screaming at us to embrace, to savor its sustenance: a child’s smile, a belly laugh from a friend, a gesture of kindness, the breathless beauty of a flower, a random act of kindness, a knowing smile from a stranger, community, a child’s first step, a child’s first crawl, a song so good you listen to it 20 straight times, an intimate conversation with a friend, a sunset, a sunrise, a good book, making love, connecting with the soul of another human, laughter, your team winning after being down 20 points, an opportunity to help—perhaps the most precious gift–kindness, beauty, and love.
By slowing down you begin to see the inherent goodness of people; you begin to see their soul, which always responds to kindness, love, and truth.
The beauty that surrounds us is hiding in plain sight.
The love that surrounds us is hiding in plain sight.
And sometimes it takes forgiveness to unlock this treasure trove of grace. Forgiveness and responsibility remove the blinders that shroud God’s handiwork.
Open your heart to the glory and wonder around you. We live in a heaven, surrounded by beauty, love, and grace. We only need to look, accept the riches that are on display, sent there to nourish our souls.