Abbey and new friend at Carnegie Hall
WOW! WHEW! ALRIGHT! AMEN! In my mind today, I'm going to go back to my English teaching days. Today students we are studying interjections. What are they? They show excitement or emotion, Hallelujah! This past Thursday thru Monday was jam-packed with interjections. The Alleys traveled to the "Big Apple." It was full of bumps and our traveling IQ's were definitely raised. The only way I could get Ken to agree to fly again was because our youngest was singing at Carnegie Hall. So with the support and love of my small, tiny "burg" we took off on a wing and a prayer. Reiterate that. Change a prayer to lots of prayers. You know what my students? I literally felt God carry us through this trip. #GodWinkseverywhere
When you think of New York, what emotions do you feel? Nervous? Excitement? Anxiety? Nauseous? Scared? Claustrophobic? The city of New York has more people than my entire state, Tennessee. Is it fast? You bet ya. Was it too fast for this chick in a wheelchair? If you know Ms. Alley, you know that answer. I felt a comfort and peace everywhere from cab rides to venues. I saw a total of 5 people living in a wheelchair like me. That's it! Do the math! 5 to 8,175,133 is the ratio of wheelchair dependent to ambulatory people in the city alone. You know that as I rolled around soaking up every thing I could, people would smile, pat my back, and say, "God Bless you." Isn't that beautiful? I would say thank you and point to the guy in the sky. I knew God would place angels in my path. At every venue someone appeared and literally took over to help us. When we would depart from them they would say, "What a beautiful family you are Alleys. Ms. Alley you have such an inspiring spirit. Keep fighting." I would again point upward as tears literally stood in my eyes.
Today I was able to keep my eyes open and get back in my routine. Amen! Exhausted is not strong enough of a word for how my body feels. My mind is exhilarated and so, so thankful, ecstatic, and peaceful as I begin to put down my adventures for you. As I caught up on my readings, God reassured me that he is still carrying me so I can fulfill my purpose. Right on! As I read today, I discovered that the mind, heart, and soul are intertwined. If your heart and mind are hardened by jealousy, hate, and fear, then that's what it will produce for the world to see. I spend lots of time trying so hard to fill my heart, mind, and soul with fruits of God's spirit. I know students! I hear you. I have been gifted with time to seek and find the spirit, but you can, too. Yes, you are busy with "living" but remember there are always opportunities to feed your hearts, minds, and souls with good things. How? Easy. See a need and fill it. Whether it be a kind word or giving up something to allow someone else to feel loved. You can do it. Do I have to read "The Little Engine That Could" aloud again? I know you can and always have known. I have faith in you, our little towns, our big cities, the USA, and our world. Are you up to the task today? "Don't let me down" as John Lennon sang with the Beatles and currently "The Chainsmokers" sing. As Al Green and Annie Lennox sang, "Put a little LOVE in your HEART!" We can make the world a better place! Wahoo!!!
Sarah Anderson Alley
Dedicated to all those who have shown me so, so much love.
Quote of the Day:
"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved."