7 Things

We hear it all the time. Don’t wait ’til tomorrow to say I love you; I forgive you; I’ve been a better person because of you; what I’ve most appreciated about you; how you’ve gifted my life…because we never know if we’re going to get tomorrow. We know this . . . but we don’t—until we’re caught in a pandemic. Recently, my heart, quite tenderly, settled on the knowing that, should I get sick and need to be quarantined, I could die without ever seeing my family and all those I love again. Now, interestingly, it is not the dying part that bothers me half as much as the Oh no!!! I wish I had told them…part.

So, I’ve decided not to wait. I’ve started making notes I’m calling 7 Things . . . 7 Things I Love about You . . . 7 Sweet Memories of You . . . 7 Things I Appreciate about You… I’m not sure how I landed on 7 but there it is. But I can tell you that it’s the sweetest thing on the planet to be writing them. It’s like, finally, I’m doing the most important thing . . . that very thing that answers that proverbial question, What would you do if you knew you only had a day, month, year to live?

Far from feeling like doomsday or some self–fulfilling prophesy, (News Flash: We’re all going at some point and none of us know when!) I feel so very happy, at peace, and truly in love when I’m writing these notes—especially to those where things have felt unclear, unresolved or in any way strained or broken. In these cases, as I’m pulling out of me what I love most or appreciate about them, I remember it’s not important that they love me. It’s only important that I love them. Sometimes, the process has sent me to my prayer mat to practice forgiving myself. Only then can I write from a clean and loving heart. It’s not easy. It takes time. Yet, it does set my heart at peace.

7 things that fill my heart to overflowing . . .

7 things that help me to remember what it truly means to live . . . 

7 things that crack my heart open to love others and myself unconditionally . . .

7 things that set my soul free . . .

Thank you, Coronavirus.

PS: Many of you reading this know of my grandson Sean who has autism. Thought I’d share the one I recently made for him… 


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14 responses to “7 Things

  1. anne hebert

    Thanks you so much dear Stephanie….so beautiful

  2. Carolyn Tobin

    Dearest Stephanie, Thank you once again for sharing your light. C❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Sarah-Elizabeth

    7 things that are my greatest blessings…

    Counting you amongst them Stephanie!

    • Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt

      Thank you Sarah-Elizabeth…you’ve been a blessing in my life for soooooo long now! How lucky am I:)

  4. Julia

    I love this and you so much! ❤️
    Julia Morse

    • Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt

      Julia! How wonderful to hear from you! Stay well and I’ll look forward to the next time we connect…:)

  5. Ahjan

    Now is the moment.
    I love that you allow for all the humanity in me
    I love that you always recognize and hold the divinity in me
    I love that You constantly grow and experience the new
    I love that you share your gift unconditionally
    I love that that “little girl” in your pocket has come out to play with us
    I love that you nurture the seed of your vision
    I Love that you dance, and encourage me to put down the inhibitors in me that don’t wish to dance!

    I love that you know that, despite all that transpires, that, “all the mountains are dancing!”
    “– alive; we’re alive, dear: it’s (kiss me now) spring!”
    May we all make it to April! Love, Ahjan

    • Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt

      Oh my…this made me cry! Thank you soooooo much:) Yes, my beautiful friend, those mountains will dance again in April…and, in spite of all that may transpire, so will we…”for you are and i am and we are (above and under all possible worlds) in love…For love are in you am in i are in we”
      Love you soooooooo:)

  6. Stephanie, I love your note to Sean. I’m not much of a cryer, but…
    And I love how you have shown me what I can be.

    • Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt

      Dearest John…and you have shown me as well…I’m so very grateful that you’re in our community and in my life:)

  7. Ginny

    Stephanie, This isn so perfect! I have been wanting to do something like this forever and now is the time to do it. Thank you so much. You continue to bless the world. Ginny

    • Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rutt

      Dear Ginny! It’s always so good to hear from you! And, I know, you too bless the world my friend:)

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