Ponderings: On Belief

My Inspiration

In 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 14th week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word believe.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

The ripple effect of the Good Words Project throughout the HubVille community has been heartwarming.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word believe...


If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you BELIEVE, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.

— A.A. Milne

Grief Awareness Week

Delaware Governor, Jack Markell, has named the first full week in November as Grief Awareness Week.

From November 2nd – 10th folks are encouraged to participate in one of the many activities offered for comfort and healing. Activities are located throughout the state. They are FREE and open to the public.


My good friend Gail Sobotkin (Happyboomernurse), who is a resident of Milford, Delaware invited me to 'A Grief Workshop and Labyrinth Walk' presented by Mary Van House, MS; Midge DiNatale (Delaware Hospice) and herself.

Each presenter offered their personal journey of grief and healing, using the labyrinth as a personal meditation tool.

Gail shared her story of "The Boy I Loved and Lost", which can be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength.

We were given an opportunity to walk our own journey of grief - whether on the canvas labyrinth or the many finger labyrinths that were provided in the tranquil setting of the Milford Public Library.

Judy Garland: Over the Rainbow

Thanks, Mom

I woke up the morning of the workshop and could hear the rain beating against my window pane.

I had a two hour drive ahead of me on some highways I was not familiar with.

Since Mom's death in May, 2010, I have come to expect some form of precipitation on a special day. Mom always believed that 'rain was a sign of good luck'.


Josh Groban: You Raise Me Up

I was the kind of kid that believed everything Mom ever said. To my knowledge she never lied.

Thus, rain is a reason for me to smile and know that my sweet Momma is looking out for me. I believe that with all of my heart and soul.

My trip to and from Delaware ranged from drizzles to downpours. My tunes were mellow. I allowed plenty of time and had absolutely no problems. Why would I...Mom had my back!

Boyz II Men: A Song For Mama

Martina McBride: In My Daughter's Eyes

Always With Me...

I came home from a beautiful day and sought to read Mom's journal. I can hear her speaking to me whenever I read her words. Here are some of her thoughts on the subject of death... They bring me comfort and I wish the same for all of you. These words remind me to believe that I will see Mom again:

"If you do not leave children, then other actions you performed during the natural life span will live on - things you may not even remember doing. Perhaps the child crying after the death of her parent and you providing comfort for the child. Maybe taking food to a hungry family on Thanksgiving or another day.

Sometimes just being there listening brings comfort to one approaching death. To a sympathetic ear, you can voice any doubts, fears etc that you have been harboring in your mind.

Hope is a quality that will always remain with us. With hope we always look forward to tomorrow.

With advancing age, you see more easily what is important in life - your family, friends, faith and beliefs. Yesteryear's desires and wishes have fallen by the wayside. It's no longer important that we never reached the top of the mountain or amassed that fortune. We found peace and contentment along the way."

Thank you, Mom...and speaking of friends...

Jo Goldsmith

Creator of the Good Words Project
Creator of the Good Words Project | Source

I Believe in...

I believe Jo Goldsmith needs to be recognized for her belief in us as well. Jo often recognizes writers who demonstrate greatness and profoundness of the written word in our community.

I wanted you to know that I believe in you, as do so many of us here in HubVille... the same way you believe in us. Thank you, dear Jo...!

Have a peaceful week and don't stop believing...! Hugs, mar

© Maria Jordan (November, 2014)


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

How wonderful it must be to have your mother's journal to read. She was a wise mother. It is true, when we age, the little things are not important, it's the love of family and friends who give you joy. I love her words, " It's not important that we never reached the mountain top," how very true that is. Thank's for sharing your day with Gail with us. Many blessing my friend..Hugs..


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

My Dear Maria,

Rain tears were streaming down my face as I read this moving and wise tribute to Jo Goldsmith, myself, and your beautiful Mama.

You driving so far to be at the Grief Workshop & Labyrinth Walk in Milford, DE on Sat. meant the world to me, and reading the impact the workshop had on you humbled me. You have been such a support, always encouraging my writing, mentoring me, inspiring me to believe in myself and be the best I can be. You help me spread my wings and soar and I am, as always, proud to be your friend and grateful for the many blessings you bring into my life.

Knowing that you are teaching the next generation of nurses to be excellent clinicians, yet still provide compassionate care, brings me great joy because I know your kind, compassionate ways will live on in them as your Mama's ways still live on in you.

Love & Hugs,

Gail


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Just beautiful, Mar! Hearing your mom's words of wisdom are comforting. She was a very special woman and she definitely resides in your soul. You shine, my friend.

I've had the pleasure of reading Gail's story. It's very moving and inspirational. Congratulations to her for having her wonderful essay published in such a respected book series!

And yes, Jo deserves huge accolades for kindness and so much more. She has a giving soul and always puts others before herself.

This is a beautiful piece on 'believe'. You've touched my heart.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Let me tell you what I thought of this, Maria.

I'm crying.

There is nothing else to say, other than....

love,

bill


kimmie 2 years ago

Dearest Maria while I do not make it to hubville...too much I am so happy I came to read this beautiful hub. I am always humbled to read your work and always uplifted by your words. I am also thankful you have so many wonderful memories of your sweet momma to comfort you. Love you dear one.

Kimmie


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good and happy Monday to you all, dear friends,

Ruby, Of all my possessions, Mom's journals are the most treasured (and used...). Thanks for appreciating their meaning and for being my dear friend.

Gail, Your visit here is so special and has started me crying of course. You are one of the greatest gifts I have been given as a writer - getting to meet you, know you and now love you as my dearest friend and inspiration. Thanks to you and Fred for an unforgettable day on Saturday.

Sha, You are so in tuned with me...as such, it brings me great joy that this piece touched you. I agree that Jo needed to be recognized for her ongoing belief in all of us in this supportive community.

Bill, You SWEET thing. I am so happy I made you cry...and I know you understand what I mean.

Kimmie, I am thrilled to see you here. I love that we are close outside of HubVille but your words of support truly mean the world to me.

Wishing you all a most peaceful evening. Love, mar


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

What a heart-touching hub, and recognition giving to amazing women who utilize adversaries in a positive way in order to encourage others to do the same. What would life be like if we were not able to believe in the good and positive?

Mar, also your ability to believe in your friends and beloveds deserves recognition. Thanks to you your mother's wisdom is being spread further than she ever thought it would go, and also Jo's and Gail's most inspiring efforts to emphasize the good and positive.

Hugs,

Martie


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

What an uplifting hub to read while on my lunch break at work! I love the innocence of remembering and believing in your mother's words about rain even now. Makes me think of the song Luke Bryan sings, "Rain Is a Good Thing. And the message about believing in people is wonderful.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I do not know where to begin. Jo has poured a great deal of energy into what has become a major work. We are proud of you Jo.

Our Gail has again climbed to the top of the writer's world being published in a renowned book series - you go girl! We are all proud of your accomplishment and know there will be more.

Maria don't be in a big rush to see your Momma. She is a patient woman and you carry her with you daily. Her journal sounds like it has become a sacred book of wisdom. It is a certainty that she is bursting with pride. Your work is filled with compassion.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Martie, "What would life be like if we were not able to believe in the good and positive?" It would surely be a life without you in it, my sweetest Sista... thank you for visiting with all that you have going on. Hoping that you are starting to feel better and being very gentle with yourself.

shanmarie, Thank you for sharing your lunch break with me. I appreciate you sharing one of your favorite songs with me as well...

Mike, Your remarks are from the heart and beautiful. I agree with your thoughts about Jo and Gail and promise not to be in a rush, thanks!

Heading out to class and wishing you all a lovely evening. Hugs, Maria


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

I don't know that it is one of my favorites, but it is umtempo and enjoyable enough. ;)


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Love! Love! Love! This hub! Don't stop believing, only you could end your tribute to Gail and your mom with a song lyric, MM. I'm so happy you and Gail were able to experience the labyrinth together, even though it was about grieving...but as we know grieving doesn't have to be sad when we have happy memories in our heart. I'll never stop believin'...I'll hold on to that feelin'! :))


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Dear sweet friend, Maria,

Thank you for sharing your precious and wise Momma's pearls of wisdom here ... they brought tears in thinking of my sweet Momma too. So true, that when we reach a certain point in our lives it truly does not matter about all that stuff we once longed for when so very young, but we learn to enjoy the now, this present day, and all that it entails.

I am so glad you and Gail were able to have that beautiful experience together.

Yes, don't stop believing. I am so blessed to have met Jo and learn of her beautiful heart of love for all and her desire for all to practice and live all of the "Good Words" she has written of here. To believe is the only way to live in my book!

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Hugs and love to all. I believe in your special purpose in this life, dear Maria, and Jo's too, to share and comfort others with love and compassion.

Love you,

Theresa


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Good morning, friends,

shanmarie, Thanks for stopping back. I am learning much about your musical tastes in your work...really cool!

Linda, I'm not surprised you picked up on my lyrical conclusions! I know you're gearing up for the CMAs, and hope you enjoy as I will!

Theresa, I know you love your Momma as I do mine and agree that Jo and Gail have two of the most beautiful hearts in HubVille...well, next to you, of course! Your comments mean the world to me.

Wishing you all a peaceful day. Love and hugs, Maria


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Beautiful Maria, Believe to me is the song.

I Believe for every drop os rain that falls a flower blooms.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk5IRFxyhUk

I don't have these words written down but when I do, I will send them to you.

Love, blessings and Hugs

Shyron


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Shyron,

I BELIEVE you are the sweetest thing and I thank you for being so faithful to this series.

Love you and have a great week, dear friend, Maria


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

Maria! Oh my goodness! I just found this one and I apologize it's the first time I had the pleasure and blessing to read it. I wish I was with you for the workshop as well. I think it would of helped so much and further my healing.

As far as your beautiful thoughts about my attempts to show you and so many others here, my open heart. I just want to say, it is because of *You* and so many amazing and truly wonderful authors here, that allow me to be myself. And to express my heart in the ways I do.

So, thank you! I applaud you and all the Author's who stand with me as we take the Literary world by storm! We are the next generation of the most talented, insightful and so in depth authors. This world really needs!

Love you! (((((((((((((( Maria )))))))))))))))))))


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What a pleasure it is to be around such a talented and kind group of writers as we have here. Maria, your Mom's words are always words of wisdom and hope and her influence shows in your daily communication with others. This reflection of your beliefs truly makes her proud.

Your trip to be with Gail at the seminar was a special time to reflect and remember in the quiet comfort of the rain. I love a rainy day, love a rainy day... it's like teardrops from heaven.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

I BELIEVE I was meant to read these two inspiring comments at this very moment...

Jo, You are one amazingly motivating spark plug in this community. This project is a masterpiece and let's think about the beauty and necessity of spreading GOOD WORDS around -- ALL AROUND-- all over this land...and you do this with each and every post you write, whether it is an actual Good Word or one of your many awards or other thought provoking essays or creative writing endeavors in our community. You are a true SUPER STAR and I just wanted to let you know that during this season of THANKS and GIVING!

Peg, I know one thing with my heart and soul. My Momma would have loved you and considered you her daughter. You are such a generous, sweet AND cool Sista friend.

Love and thanks to you both for the smiles today. Hugs, Maria


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

How wonderful it must be to read your Mother's journal. I have my Mother's old cookbook with her notations on the side, and I have her Bible which means the world to me.

I finished the book Chicken Soup for the Soul that had Gail's story in it. I'm so glad she is a friend! She was one of the first friends I made here on HP.

Thanks so much for this uplifting and beautiful Hub.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Dear Mary,

So lovely to see you and to hear of your Momma's cookbook and Bible, which I know must mean the world to you.

Oh how lovely that you read Gail's book...she is an amazing writer and a beautiful friend.

Hope you are enjoying a peaceful holiday season. Love, Maria


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Car51 24 months ago

Nice to re-read Mom's words. She was indeed a wise woman, faith-filled. A believer!


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marcoujor 24 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Glad you found this tonight, Car51. Love, mar


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vocalcoach 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Each teardrop I shed is but a sparkling diamond of knowledge and light permeating from your own words. There is so much to thank you for dear Maria in this beautiful, meaningful hub.

Angels do exist in this world. I know because I found you, your love and the gifts I receive wrapped in a big heart of endless compassion.

Thank you my precious friend.

Audrey


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Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago

"I Believe"

I believe for every drop of rain that falls

A flower grows

I believe that somewhere in the darkest night

A candle glows

I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come

To show the way

I believe, I believe

I believe above a storm the smallest prayer

Can still be heard

I believe that someone in the great somewhere

Hears every word

Every time I hear a new born baby cry,

Or touch a leaf or see the sky

Then I know why, I believe


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marcoujor 15 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Audrey, what a lovely treat to have you visit. Thanks for your beautiful feedback.

Shyron, I believe these lyrics are a perfect inspiration for the comment stream. Thanks very much for coming back.

Love and hugs to you both, Maria


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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England

Hi, how did I miss your wonderful words and hubs? I am going to take time to read them all, you are amazing!


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marcoujor 14 months ago from Jeffersonville PA Author

Thanks, dear Nell- how lovely to see you.

Hope all is well in your world.

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