Orion – A Morning Blessing

OrionAnyone who knows me well knows that morning is not my favourite time of the day.  Now that my work requires me to wake up before the birds it is even less favourite but this morning I was blessed with sweet memories and star shine while I sipped on my coffee.

My son was a bit of star gazer and we always spent many hours outside at night watching the sky.  He knew quite a few of the constellations but his favourite was always Orion.

Each fall Bry would be out the door on clear evenings to see it it had appeared yet.  He would always announce it’s arrival to me and I would have to brave the cold to see it.  Once on a very cold winter night we watched an eclipse of the moon and also watched as Orion made it’s journey across the sky.

Those were moments I will always treasure and since Bryan has been gone I always spend a few extra minutes outside on cold, clear nights to find the lovely constellation.  Somehow it makes me feel a little closer to him.

This morning when I looked out the window Orion was blinking back at me in all his glory from the blue black sky.  I thanked the stars, smiled …

… and said good morning Bryan.

About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as a Minister, Coach/Spiritual Director, a trainer, consultant and speaker. I also drive a school. That helps the cash flow and a bus full of teenagers also helps me keep up with trends in the world of the young and makes me smile. My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. My original career path as a journalist was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. As a single parent I have a deep understanding of making due and being stretched to limit emotionally, physically and financially. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning have now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and ministry. It is my great honour to support people as they walk through the joy and grief of life. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs. Another passion is my love of essential oils. They have changed, even revolutionized, my life on many levels and provide me not only with improving health but also with a network of friends who are a supportive and positive influence. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog was a new beginning for me as I honed my skills. For a while, it was a daily and begin to form a daily discipline and now is a place I drop into on occasion to share something. It changes with my needs and is an evolving exercise.
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