Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Little More, A Little Less

Every once in a while you get a little reminder of how fragile life is.  How fleeting it can be. 

An acquaintance of mine lost her husband the other day.   A co-worker told me this morning that her husband has leukemia.   A friend is having a lumpectomy today to find out how bad her breast cancer is.

You know, when my biggest problem is what I'm going to make for dinner, I think I need to be a little more grateful for my blessings and a want a little less.   I need to be a little more patient with my family and a lot more kind to strangers.  I need to be less critical of others' shortcomings and more aware of my own and how to overcome them.   I need to be less selfish with my time and more giving of myself.  I need to laugh more and give my "be serious" look less.

I need to embrace every day of my life.   No matter what it brings.

Hugs and prayers going out to all who are going through a difficult life experience today.  



27 comments:

  1. Your post brought me to tears. I agree with you 100%. No matter how bad one has it, someone else has it worse....

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    1. Isn't that the truth? Gratitude is way underrated :)

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  2. So true..I will find myself being all upset because I gained 5 pounds...I couldn't buy something or whatever...then I find out a friend lost a loved one..or their life has been drastically changed in some way...then I find myself feeling totally selfish and ungrateful...I have so much that I am blessed with.

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  3. I have 75-plus stitches in my chest from having a cancerous growth removed on Tuesday, at the VA in San Francisco. The good news is the awesome medical team got it all. Thanks for the timely post, Judy!

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    1. Awesome medical team indeed!!!! Hope you are doing well, Mark!

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    2. I'm sure a nice winning spring training by the Giants would be good for your recovery :)

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  4. I needed to read this. Too often, I think all my "problems" are just so insurmountable... I get cranky at the kids far too often for infractions that are really nothing... Thanks for this post, Judy.

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  5. Very true, and a good thing for us all to remember.

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    1. I need to remind myself of this every single day . . . life gets busy and I get distracted :)

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  6. Seems like so many people have serious medical issues right now. I know about two people who had surgical procedures today. One is a friend of my mother's who needed heart stints. The other is a high school friend's son who had a brain tumor removed surgically and then went through chemo and radiation. He was cancer free one whole month. They rechecked his levels and they were elevated. The cancer is already back. It hasn't gotten further than the brain (where it was before), but he has to have it surgically removed again and then do the whole chemo thing again. I feel so bad for their family. He is only 14 years old. I can't imagine. Yes, there are people who have it worse. I always tell myself that when I feel a pity party coming on.

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    1. Oh, robin. That is a nightmare. So sorry for them.

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  7. Amen, my friend. Amen.
    I was up all night thinking of the dear family one town over who lost their mother in a car accident yesterday. Our time, and love is precious. We must make it count.

    I love you!!
    :)

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    1. Yes...we need to me it count. Every day is a gift.

      Miss you and love you!

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  8. i know what you mean--you do not have to look far to fine someone or something to pray about!

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    1. The mirror . . .that's about as far as you need to look!

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  9. I definitely need to get better at living life and enjoying the moments that are so fleeting! It is a shame that we often need such sad reminders in order to show the people we love that we love them.

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    1. As long as we're trying . . . :)

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  10. I have a friend in my ward who has been fighting breast cancer for four years. When I get to church and see her without hair, I realize my worries over my own hair are so superficial. It's good to have those reminders of all that we are blessed with.

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    1. We have a woman in our ward as well who would come to sacrament with her blanket and bald head. She was (is) an inspiration.

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  11. Great post, Judy, and a wonderful reminder to be happy with what we have.

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    1. And if we're NOT happy, then do something to change!

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  12. I love this post Judy.. And does this mean you're gonna' be pals with the deli guy now? ;)

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    1. Pals is such a loose term . . . :)

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