Nov. 22, 2014
Moments reflecting. The days lately have been filled with reminders of how important love and compassion truly are. Family and friends grieving for a loved one, a family member taken to surgery, a husband worrying and caring for a sick wife, a survivor back in the ICU unable to eat and breathe, a father living at poverty levels even though he works hard and endless hours to provide for his family, a friend trying to get proper treatment for a family member who battles addiction and depression, a homeless elder cold and hungry, a young daughter and son who live in daily pain as the mother tries desperately to find a cure, a patient slowly dying and unable to buy his medications or get proper treatment because they cost too much or are not covered by insurance, a nurse who puts her patient’s needs before her own, and a doctor who spends all his time away from his family to take care of everyone else’s. The list could go on. The world is big, and the day holds many.
As time passes I find myself letting go of the little things. Learning to live in the moment. Focusing on what is important in life – like what is needed instead of wanted. Forgiving the imperfections of myself and the world around me. Offering a hand and a hug to those in need. We all have our own battles to face; hardship is hardship and should not be judged or compared. So, I try to treat people the way I wish to be treated. While tears fall, I wish to be the shoulder. And while I may not be perfect, I always try to be the best version of myself. I can reflect on my struggles in life and see how I have grown and overcome many challenges. I can take a step back from my past and see where I started and how far I have come. I have let go of worrying about the if and when. Because truly, this life is unpredictable. I can do my best to survive and thrive. But I cannot control every detail of how my body may cope, or how time or events surrounding me may interact. All I can do is try to live the fullest life I can, with an open heart. I am so thankful for the moments and the memories. And feel so blessed to have so many friends and family who have shared their stories and lives with me. We can get through some of the hardest times – with a little compassion – we can grow. And this is the beauty of life.
And today I take a moment and reflect; for those I listed above. For those in need of some good news. For those of the broken hearted. For those who are living and acting with sincere empathy; I thank you. My heart is with each of you. – Julie B.