When we originally asked for stories about Tim, we had no idea what we were going to receive. Then they came in multitude, in all forms imaginable from photographs to poems, from songs to anecdotes. They have been funny, heartwarming and educational. We have found so much joy in this form of celebration that we invite you to continue this sharing here.
And today is such a beautiful day
I am grateful that today is the day you chose to share this loving and fitting Navajo prayer
Thank you Celia
The simplest and most obvious prayer is a request to God that the adversity end and that one be restored to health. Such prayers often involve "affirmations." There is a considerable psychological literature on the healing power of affirmations, and many cancer patients use them. Here is a beautiful Navajo prayer that uses affirmation:
O you who dwell In the house made of the dawn,
In the house made of the evening twilight . . .
Where the dark mist curtains the doorway,
The path to which is on the rainbow . . .
I have made your sacrifice.
I have prepared a smoke for you.
My feet restore for me.
My limbs restore for me.
My body restore for me.
My mind restore for me.
My voice restore for me.
Today, take away your spell from me.
Away from me you have taken it.
Far Off from me you have taken it.
Happily I recover.
Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily my eyes regain their power.
Happily my head becomes cool.
Happily my limbs regain their power.
Happily I hear again.
Happily for me the spell is taken Off.
Happily I walk.
Impervious to pain, I walk.
Feeling light within, I walk . . .
In beauty I walk.
With beauty before me, I walk.
With beauty behind me, I walk.
With beauty below me, I walk.
With beauty all around me, I walk.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty
This year included the special twist of a Red Sox World Series win, something I was actually dreading, as we were in the ER during the last winning game, a most difficult ( grey sky) time. Yet somehow again he finds a way to turn the sky blue. Knowing his family and most of his friends ( maybe not all the New Yorkers !) are fans too. I think his plan must be to cloud the ER memories and replace with a blue sky win, enabling us to again enjoy a favorite, positive past time .
Even I have to smile today, at least a little .
Another very special "blue sky" highlight this year.
John Timothy Brereton arrived almost exactly on Tim's birthday, has to bring more than a little smile to anyone! All who know John and Mary know how special this is.
As Tim once said "everyone is happy and laughing when John is around".
We are thrilled as having added 3 boys to our family since 2007, no one could take that name. That now it is again associated with happiness and laughter is so special and delightful!
May he always be smiling.
And more blue skies will keep coming if you look for them.
"I think I'll go outside for a while and just smile..." can't hear it without thinking of him!