Gratefulness and Grace

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ahh what should I blog about? It seems I need a break from blogging about fashion. Especially after the onslaught of visual images from all the runway shows, sometimes we need to move away from the beautiful clothing and talk about something deeper.

This week has been a real oxymoron. For the first time in a long time my schedule has slowed down a bit as I'm not actively working these days...because I'm actively waiting...waiting to become a grandma! And yet I have been busier than ever working on the upcoming Joys Of Life Fashion Show and Event hosted by Joan Rivers to benefit Renewal. I'm currently working with the talented Toby Fishman of Dreamworks and Eff Creative Group, putting together what is going to be THE go-to Simcha (party) Handbook, and if you're in an event related business (florist, event planner, band, DJ, photographer, calligrapher, stylist, makeup artist.....) make sure you place your ad and be listed in the directory. Buy your ad HERE. Space will be limited!
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I also had a bit of a scare this week. I received a phone call about an irregular result in a routine medical test and had to go for further testing. I will not go into graphic detail of my experience and the place that my thoughts took me too, but suffice it to say it was truly stressful and scary. And I don't scare easily. Thankfully everything came out OK but I have a new respect for all the people out there that go through scary medical things. I wish all of you strength and courage and full recovery. I am so truly grateful to Hashem for the blessings in my life. Truly, if you have your health you have everything. So forget about those little things that are making you have a bad day. Are you healthy? Then you're day is awesome. Period.

After that I kind of went on a 'release binge' where I ate lots of chocolate and popcorn and went shopping and bought a couple pairs of insanely fabulous shoes and a new dress with vivid colors and a wonderful print for Spring.  Which I guess brings us back
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But in the end, this blog post is about gratefulness and grace. To counterbalance all the chaos that was going on in my head this week, I tried to think a lot about G-d and how He is in charge and whatever He does is good. And yet we still have the power to pray and to think positive thoughts; to try to figure out what we need to do while we're here to make our lives meaningful and have a positive impact on this world. This is the ultimate oxymoron...we are powerless, yet powerful. Because those prayers and thoughts have the power to change things. And I believe that if we fill our brains with thoughts of positivity and gratefulness, even for perceived bad things, it blocks out the negative thoughts and actually brings the blessings of Hashem into your life. Even if you can't see them right away.  I truly am grateful.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a good Shabbos!



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  1. Dear Sharon, I am so thankful that your tests were fine. :) Yes. I know the scaries you speak of. Thank you for such a touching post my friend. I was having a rather blah day but your words did wonders for my spirit. I thank God for my health & friends like you. You touch our lives in ways you may not even be aware of and that's beautiful. <3

  2. Gosh you made me think again about stuff that goes through my head often... Healty so happy! Agreed!
    So important to know that. I try focusing on having minimal stress. Looking at Mimi Kirk and how young she looks and feels at 80!? well I won't be vegetarian but raw veggies and fruit is best and peaceful life too!
    I am very happy to hear that you are well and healthy and that it was a false alarm!
    Xo z

  3. Such an inspiring post :) Just found your blog and love it!


  4. Your post has given me cause to share for the second time this week the phrase: 'What if you woke today with only the things you said thanks for yesterday'. Very profound.

    You are blessed and that was proven to you this week.

  5. I agree with you on everything! I have been in situations when you get the "ok" you get a new understanding. Binging actually help, for a few days that is. Then it's time to shape up...iwish youthe best week! Love Caroline

  6. I'm glad you are ok!! I hope things continue to get better for you!! It's great to be thankful for what we have!! Gorgeous post...I hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

  7. EVERYTHING that the Divine one does is good...for we learn. And OH, how we learn. My dear Sharon, I am healthy and I that is all I want. I am SO glad to know that you are well., YOU ARE GOING TO BE A GRANDMOTHER? You will be the youngest looking one to date! CONGRATULATIONS! Biggest hugs to you dear Sharon. May love surround you constantly. Anita

  8. As you say, it's good health that's important and we are so often too busy to stop and be grateful.

  9. Good morning glad to read you're ok medical wise. I know what you went through as I've been there myself. Life is what it's going to be and you simply need to face whatever God throws your way and hope for the best. Congratulations on becoming a Grandma how very exciting for you. I wish you nothing but the best in life and with your new family member(s).


  10. Awesome post.....and you are so right health IS wealth. Period.
    Sounds like you are one busy lady! So many fun and exciting things happening..and YOU are going to be a grandmother? look way way too young. A big congrats, very exciting!
    Glad your results were good ones and wishing you nothing but the best of health and lots of happiness ahead.

  11. Hi,dearest Sharon!:-)*

    How much I must to give you RIGHT!!!

    Your post toushed me because is it absolutely true,what do you said.....
    Thankful,you have your helthy body and your beautiful creative mind,that makes your really satisfied and not only satisfied,but very happy inside!

    Thank you beyond much for this great post with much LOVE and pure feelings.....:-)))*

    I wish you wonderful bright weekend,filled with many cute little things:-)))*

    Sending you warm virtual hugs from Amsterdam,


  12. It's so hard to get caught up in the nonsense and forget how to really be grateful and appreciate what you have, including health. Xo Megan,

  13. I'm totally agree with you!
    Such inspiring post, often we forget for what things we should really be grateful!

  14. I'm so thankful to hear that everything was OK! What a stressful experience ... and a huge blessing that it turned out well!

  15. It was really a relief to read that you're ok, because at first you started the story a bit gloomy, even I got scared for a moment. You have to be a-ok to become a cool grandma.;) Congrats!

  16. I love that quote and The Little Prince is one of my favorite books ever. I'm so glad to hear you're okay Sharon. It's so true that health is wealth.

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Rowena @ rolala loves

  17. Dear Sharon, I am so relieved that you are okay. Your post relates exactly how I am feeling right now. I am so grateful to all of my friends, family, and yes, you, who have been here for me the past two years. Thank you dearly.

    Art by Karena

  18. Hi Sharon! A lovely post! Congrats on the fabulous fashion show with oan Rivers hosting .. wowie! And I know how scary it is to be unsure of a test or having to retake something, you just cannot help from keeping your mind going to all the wrong places and I had to laugh at how you released the stress after you weren't so worried (so can relate!). You're so right, if we have our health, we have everything. Our health and the safety and health of our loved ones, the most important things in this world on earth. Have a wonderful relaxing weekend! xo ~S

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  19. SO true, inspiring post dear!

    pd:i wanna go to an event hosted by the one and only Joan!!!

  20. I'm glad that you are okay! It's inspiring how you stayed positive through it all. Congrats on becoming a grandmother, I can't believe it you are so young!

  21. Wow! what a powerful post Sharon. So pleased your test was OK,but you've clearly got your priorities right ;-) Did I read right that you were going to be a grandma? Seems obscene that someone who looks so fab is ready to be a grandma...or should I say a "glam-ma".xx