Without recounting all of the difficult and challenging things that have come to be, I will say that all of them involve health issues....not with me, but with people I love....including a "way too quick" loss of a friend. The latter has left a pall over much of my community....and, hardly a day goes by that her name is not mentioned and that her family is not thought of.
My unusually upbeat Mom has had to deal with loss at the home several times already....most recently, the sudden, and unexpected, passing of a dear friend who was one of the "group" that eat together every day....and, this stress and anxiety put her in the hospital for tests all day yesterday. Thank God, she tested out fine and is back home and doing well today.
Dave's 90 year old mom is also going through her own challenges right now ....and dealing with it long distance has been extremely difficult on him.
So, the fact is that "Life Happens". The question is, how do we get through these times and remain positive and joyous? How do we not feel the weight of the sadness on us daily while we go about our usual routines?
I guess that we must learn to compartmentalize....to take the things that concern us and make us sad and allow ourselves to grieve....but, to also find a way to heal and look at all of the wonderful things that come our way. We can carry the memories that make us smile and reach for them when we are at our lowest.
None of this is easy, but a necessary part of moving on with our lives....
As we age, we find that our friendships become even more important than every before. A quick call to a dear friend who listens to my deepest feelings and allows me to talk about it certainly helps to remind me that I am not alone on this journey.
Family, of course, is the antidote to so much of life's trials. A quick Skype with my adorable grandchildren can bring me right back to gratefulness for what I have instead of what I have lost.
With that in mind, I think that I am going to end this very introspective (sorry) post with some recent joyous photos of my four loves....I hope that they put a smile on your face, too.