As many of you know, both my parents died in the last few months…
It was sudden, traumatic, exhausting, and extremely sad.
I’ve run the gamut of emotions from shock and disbelief to numbness and anxiety. I’ve cried myself to sleep and balled my eyes out at stoplights in the middle of the day.
I’ve dealt with the extremes of hospital life to the finality of hospice care. My life went from mostly normal to extreme chaos in a matter of days.
And through it all a funny thing seems to be happening……
As the fog begins to clear, the world looks different through new eyes. You begin to face your own mortality and realize every day really could be the last.
And from that uprising of anguish comes a certain sweetness to everything from the taste of a good cup of coffee to seeing a child laughing for no reason at all. You find a new reality where even ugly becomes beautiful and dark
Things that mattered before suddenly don’t seem so important.
Life hits you with new eyes like a child in a toy store. You want to relish each day with intensity and savor it as though it were the last day of your vacation.
We often find ourselves getting wrapped up in the bitterness of everyday life. People can be mean and uncaring. The economy is bad. A relationship is failing. A job lost.
We’re walking around in shoes that have been battered in some way- some more than others – and we need to take a moment, a deep breath and get through all of this together.
We need to listen when other people need to talk.
Offer our support to a stranger in need. Do something nice for someone for no reason. Open yourself just a little and realize the world isn’t all about us.
We can make this short life miserable or grand.
Wake up tomorrow with new eyes and look around. Hopefully you’ll see the sweetness of life and remember we’re only here for a little bit, so MAKE IT COUNT!
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.