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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Umbrella ~ for living

Coming to the realization that I am existing instead of living, has sent me on a big emotional roller coaster (have I mentioned I never did like roller coasters as a child or an adult). Having spoken with some trusted friends, we agreed that there is no one specific part of life that will catapult me from existing to living. Nor will I be able to open this Pandora's box on my own. The search for a new Shereko has just moved to RED ALERT on the list of to dos!

In the meantime I have come up with an umbrella which represents different components of what a balanced life may consist of. My next step will be to go through each component and see if there are missing elements that could be hindering me from living. Then I will have a better foundation in creating a plan. I will be sharing and discussing each component as I go through it on my plan.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to read and comment on the Are You Living or Existing? post, know that your words do make a difference not only to me but also other readers. I hope you will continue reading and following this series of  Getting My Life Back !!HHL posts and that you find these posts helpful directly or for someone you know.

Wishing you all a wonderfully blessed week!


  1. Hello my friend!! I have been a little AWOL lately, kiddies sick again for like the 100th time this winter!!(LOL!) I have been housebound for about 9 days with them and am just finding a few moments to peek at my computer while they are quietly napping! Can't wait to get to your 'Are You Living or Existing' post, I am having to work my way backwards!
    Hope you are staying warm!!

  2. I have been reading your story and am amazed. You're a miracle and God wants to take the miracle of physical life to spirit life. It is your spirit that needs healing and you have a good start with this unbrella of living. I'm adding you to my prayer list.

  3. I like how this is divided...I wish you much luck my friend...you are moving in the right direction

  4. i'm not sure what a Shereko is and couldn't find
    a definition . . .

    but, i do know what you want, and i am sure
    you will soon transition to getting your life
    back. you're much too confident and strong
    to stay in the survival mode.

    i bet you have shaken some of us awake with
    this brutally honest post.

    good for you!

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  6. Even to recognize the differences between living and existing is a tremendous talent. From the little I know about you, you WILL succeed! Love the umbrella - we all would do well to utilize this template as we pursue real living. Thank you!


  7. You are going in the right direction to getting your life back into some normal resemblance.

  8. Love how you broke it down into sections... easier to tackle one area at a time! xo

  9. There's so much I want to say to you ... I just can't right now ... I hope you know how truly amazing I think you are ... and I know that you will emerge victorious and truly start to live life to its fullest ... you are my inspiration my dear ... you are such a light shining through the darkness. Don't ever doubt that.

  10. Dearest Celia,

    Love the top part with the 'upside down' Safety & Security. These are the two strongest pillars in our lives, regardless how 'well' we feel. That is all temporarily... Last year on January 9th I got completely paralyzed; the biggest scare of my life but I fought back and after they finally knocked my high fever down and gave me a blood transfusion and Prednisone -- I could MOVE again. It took still a tremendous effort to climb the stairs or to sit down on the toilet with the help of my true love. But slowly, with his coaching me for being PATIENT, I got uphill again. Away from the danger zone of only 103 lb. Till in September I had to use all my emotional and physical strength when my Rock broke down and needed 4 bypasses and angioplasty stent in his neck. He too fluffed back with my support. We've learned a lot. About 80% what's important before such events, is now at the bottom of the list! Not easy but doable and we're climbing up, and up and reaching our destination. Next month we join together the regular fitness center after my love got cleared for having no problems with maximum stress.
    So let's lend each other a hand and pull each other up on that difficult up-hill road. And Celia, I admire you! It gave me so much courage when I first read your blog. Thanks for reaching out the way you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lots of love ♥,


  11. I just read your last post too. I think being independent and make your own future is hard for a lot of people. I had to wonder for myself.
    I love this picture and the balance. I will have to study it. You are very wise.
    Have a good week.

  12. I love this umbrella you've created. A true reminder of how life should be divided equally amongst many important things. xoxo

  13. Celia, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You are such an inspiring, sweet & loving friend. I know that God has suck big plans for you!!

    I will continue to pray for God's healing hand and direction as well as peace. Keep looking up my friend because you're an inspiration to us all!!

    Much love to you sweetie,
    XOXO Daphne

  14. I love the umbrella symbol... It's so meaningful the way you laid it out.



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