On being loved and cared for

Here’s the thing about Facebook: you can re-connect with people who once upon a time were your schoolmates, pals, neighbors or cousins.  You can also connect with new ones.  This story is about the new ones.

Hubb’s Aunt kept telling me, “You should connect with Jerry, that’s me and your late-mother-in-law’s cousin. He writes daily posts that are so uplifting and hilarious. You would really enjoy him, Marilyn.”

And so I did.

And I found myself looking forward to his daily words celebrating sunshine and lollipops and looking for the good in every sunrise.  Of being thankful. Of praising our Creator.

And then he got sick.

And as a man I’ve never met recovers in a hospital bed a whole group of us rallied around him.

Posts appear on his “wall” about someone taking time to enjoy coffee on their deck that morning.

About reveling in the glory of a morning songbird’s trill.

Posts about finding sunshine and lollipops in unlikely places.

Posts about being thankful.  Posts of prayer – for him and his family.

Posts that he’s now able to read from his hospital bed when he’s allowed to peruse his Kindle.

And in his own way, that community he created, rallied together like a virtual church pot-luck.


That’s what being loved and cared for is all about, isn’t it?

“You and I are being guided, of this I’m certain. I no longer doubt that the Universe is constantly looking for ways to communicate with us and lovingly guide us to our highest good, our purpose, and our happiness. But we must pay attention – we must be open to listen with our hearts and to trust the synchronicities, chance encounters, songs on the radio, and random thoughts that gently cross our paths, knowing with bold assurance that we are always being loved and cared for. If you pay attention, you will soon come to realize that there’s a loving intelligence that seeks your highest good and happiness. Listen. Listen and trust that you are being guided. Listen as if the Universe itself were about to reveal the most wonderful secret; because it is.” – Frankie Perez

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22 thoughts on “On being loved and cared for

  1. I like “bold assurance.” Isn’t that what it is — making bold choices to see things in this light, His light? Very uplifting. May loving thoughts and prayers continue to lift him up.

    • Absolutely – the boldness comes for me sometimes as a mask for the fear … and I just close my eyes and go for it. I hear his healing is progressing and I will share your kind words with him 🙂 MJ

  2. Social networking has certainly changed our lives. Being able to connect with others is such an amazing concept. I’m so glad you were able to connect with Jerry 🙂

    • I agree; I Facebook with my Mom’s 88 year old cousin, who is a hoot. I can remember, not that long ago, when long distance telephone was so cost-prohibitive those girls would only get to speak to each other 1 x a year. Now they keep me updated, I keep Mom updated, I update them and the family circle goes from Victoria, BC, Canada to Michigan and back to Saskatchewan – that’s just neat!


  3. Sometimes….I wonder if we just listened closely enough we’d hear “Look around you….see what I’ve put in front of you to enjoy…”

    • Absolutely — the benefit of the internet is the ability to connect; everyone wants to feel heard. Sometimes though you have to turn it all off and just step outside and realize that there are many people in the world who’d give everything for just one day in your life!


  4. I love this post, MJ!! I am so hoping for a complete recover for Jerry! It sounds as though he has a wonderful group of friends/relatives surrounding him with love and good wishes. And that quote is so amazing: I’m sure you recall me mentioning how Marshall, Motor Man and I are constantly noticing synchronicities…and we know that they’re not just happenstance!

  5. People like Jerry are a rare breed. the words “Salt and Light” come to mind. Nice tribute to him MJ. DM

    • I agree; I understand why my Aunt was telling me all about him. He’s recovering and things look pretty good so that’s hopeful!

  6. Beautiful post MJ. Thank you

    • Thank you, David. We are all connected and I often wonder what the rest of us would do out here in blogland if suddenly one of our blog buddies fell off the radar…. there’d be a void. Sometimes it’s necessary to comment on it, I think it validates the community we have.

  7. “A virtual church potluck”. I *love* it. This post you’ve written here MJ is…wonderful! All my best and prayers to your Jerry.

  8. With each passing day, I find myself drawn to people like Jerry. I bombard myself with words and thoughts such as you’ve described his. Daily meditations. Positivity sites. Email messages from “the universe.” I never realized until recently how much a positive attitude and uplifting encouragement can make or break each day. Jerry has a gift and he’s generous enough to share it with others. He’s in my prayers too and I hope he’s well again soon.

    • You and me both; there’s enough heartache and darkness on the news and around us — the simple messages of joy and thankfulness radiate with me more than ever.

      Thank you for your prayers for Jerry; I know each one is heard!


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