Hail Mary

A frequent exclamation of mine, whenever responding to a hail of goodness.  You don’t need to be a thumping Christian to appreciate the aura of Mary.

Most of us don’t tally the good greeting us during the course of a day.  We’re oblivious, more invested in lack than grace sown in our path. Guaranteed, if you muse, making a list, mental or written, it will surprise, even the very cynical, the boons bestowed in 24 hours.

Mustn’t discount the small ones, like someone holding a door or a compliment kindly paid.  A smile from across a room or the rare hand- written note gracing the mailbox.

Occasionally something huge happens, we’re showed God’s favor, as Joel Osteen puts it, like when my friend Pam got a new car from a long time pal who had the means to help her.  Or my new home that, if you, a year ago being so nervous about my circumstances, told me I’d have a brand new one, I’d have scratched my head in senseless wonder.

Gratitude is a soothing balm massaging away much of life’s disappointments. It’s always available for the asking, like life support stowed in the closet.

Just now a little Maltese, as we waited for a light, crept up my leg lobbying for a scratch. Changed my blood flow causing me to smile and inwardly chant…Hail Mary, Full of Grace, knowing, they’ll be more if I take the time to greet its coming.




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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21 Responses to Hail Mary

  1. micklively says:

    If you assign all the good you see to Mary, whether she had any involvement or not, then inevitably she will seem a positive force. But it’s an entirely circular and largely pointless argument, obfuscating any real understanding.
    People are responsible for the things you write about. There is no mumbo-jumbo or magic required. Let’s celebrate good people and leave Mary out of it.

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  2. thesmilingpilgrim says:

    lovely mary 🙂

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Thanks for the reminder. I’m keeping my eyes and heart open today, and hopefully henceforth.

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    • I’m feeling low on so many levels, and taking stock at what’s good, really makes it better. Mick kinda took me to task, but…so be it. One needs to go through the valley, as they say, to understand why one would look to Mary. Thanks Skinny, as always, and hope you and your Pookie=pie have a happy weekend. 🙂


  4. Elle Knowles says:

    This reminds me of the phrase, ‘Stop and smell the roses.’ You are right, we so often only notice the negatives in our day to day routine we don’t realize the positives that sometimes overtake the day if all added up. (Maybe I should not have ranted today and totaled up my positives instead? – 4 more days outweighs all that). You always know how to bring out the best in people Susannah! Thank you… ~Elle

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  5. This is a great reminder! It is so easy to take for granted the small blessings when facing dark days. Gratitude and a shift in attitude makes all the difference! Wishing you a weekend filled with blessings of all sizes! 🙂

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    • Thank you Star. A friend of mine just emailed to say, the post made me sound like a poor man’s Marianne Williamson…lol

      I wrote it, I think, to remind myself to stay in the light. I tend to veer beneath the trees and wonder why I’m always on the cusp of tears. There’s always something good to acknowledge, even if it’s tiny. Have a happy weekend as well.


  6. hahaha, that is my kind of friend!!
    Lately, where a lot seems to be going wrong, it has been very easy for me to fall into the victim mode. In writing to remind yourself you reminded me to focus on the positive and to be grateful for all the amazing blessings I encounter every day.
    Much light to us all!

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  7. Patricia says:

    You are on the right track! Can’t go wrong with looking up and acknowledging the blessings of all sizes and kinds.


  8. Liked your answer to Mick. :o)

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  9. May always makes me think about Mary. Attending Catholic school, I have no choice but to remember the drills of the May Processions to honor Mary and your photo just flooded me with those memories. Mary rocks and I agree “whatever it takes” to get your through … use it.

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