“Good travels at a snail's pace. Those who want to do good are not selfish, they are not in a hurry, they know that to impregnate people with good requires a long time.”
In addition to their day-to-day sleeping habits, snails also go into a deep sleep to avoid adverse weather conditions and periods when food is scarce. In colder climates they hibernate during the winter months, and in hotter climates they estivate during the summer months. When they go into hibernation or estivation, they seal themselves safely inside their shells with a layer of mucus that forms a hard cover over the opening.
Seems like the only excuse I can find for the recent lapse period of time that I was not motivated to write was I inadvertently became the snail. I needed to hibernate so I could make it for the journey ahead of me. Hopefully it will be a long journey because my eighth decade of life is rapidly approaching.
A few things awakened me from my rest period. I received a call from a friend wanting to know if his name was no longer on my mailing list of readers of Positive Pops. The second tap on my shell came from a friend that is a well-known spiritual teacher. She wanted me to know how much she enjoys my postings.
Being a success driven person I decided to check out on my website to see if anyone had read any of my previous postings. I was definitely surprised to learn that in one month 10,000 people had clicked on to my website. Finding this quote of Gandhi encouraged me to pick up my pen and start writing. As I have mentioned in previous posts, my initial motivation for writing a blog was to offer encouragement for our grandchildren who are bombarded with negative news. Hopefully that encouragement will come from my sharing positive things that are happening in my life and ideas that may open the doors for positive possibilities.
Once again reflecting on what has encouraged me to write, I realize it is the support from friends who see a value in the good that comes from ideas I share.
This week offers a good opportunity to think of someone you would like to encourage by sending a note or making a telephone call letting them know the positive difference they are making in the world. There are many things I observe that often do not get recognized for the value they contribute to making our world a better, more humane place. I have been deeply moved as I have observed the way in which several couples in our Good Timers group have cared for their ninety-plus year-old mothers affording them the respect and dignity they deserve as they approach the end of their lives.
This posting is to let you know I am back from hibernation. I will have a posting next week on experiences I have had that reassure me that we are indeed connected to members of our family even though they crossed over many years ago. They are definitely watching over us and making a positive influence in our lives.