One of the tools they taught me at the rehabilitation hospital: focus on a happy scene. When pain gets so bad that you feel like howling, visualize something that brings you joy.
These are some of the joyful images I have focused on in recent weeks:
Flowers from my daughter and son-in-law, who live far away and send the nicest bouquets of flowers when we least expect it. Thank you, dear Daughter and Son-in-law.
Scenes of water and trees during the warm months.
Pictures of our gentle giant Kinu. Despite his enormous size, he was a sweet dog who had no idea why some strangers were reluctant to come close.
Mr. D., the sweet little dog my younger daughter rescued three years ago.
Easter weekend made 3 years since she brought him home. (Thanks for your kind heart, dear Daughter.)
Scenes from summer, like the day lilies that will bloom profusely this July.
Time spent on the verandah.
And moments like this one below: I was signing books at St. George’s Anglican Church in Toronto this winter and a little girl, Tatyana, marched over and asked me to take a photo with her and her mother. I was honoured.
Moments that bring joy are a gift beyond measure.
Thanks to Hamlin Grange for the lovely photos.