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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Gratitude

I have the best friends in the whole world. They come in all sizes, shapes, nationalities, religions, colors and opinions. What I love the most about my friends is how they inspire me and keep me going. The past couple of days have not been great, I had some terrible news to process about 2 children of 2 different families. One family here and another in Kentucky. Both children are critical and it has been heart breaking to watch these great families go through such difficult times.

What I forget is without difficult times we don't see miracles. And miracles are in place to remind us we aren't alone in this crazy life. The outpouring of love for both families has been wonderful and important and necessary. Number one rule - we cannot get through this life alone. A dear friend posted on Facebook the other day that her mother was in surgery and although she wasn't particularly religious she would appreciate good thoughts for her mother....from her friends. She just didn't want to be alone. And everyone responded! Some with prayers, some with wishes of good luck, some with stories of how their mom had the same surgery and was fine.  We don't have to be religious to be thoughtful, or kind....I appreciate it when friends of different faiths and beliefs tell me they are doing everything they can in their part of the "spiritual" world for me. That caring is everything to me.

My friend's 9 year old daughter had a severe Asthma attack and her brain was deprived of oxygen. She has been in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator since last Friday. Today the doctors slowly took away the medicine that was keeping her in the coma and found she didn't have any brain activity. It is one thing to beg and plead with God to keep your child here, it is quite another to accept the fact that may not occur. This is all the harder since they lost their 22 year old son just last year.



Life isn't fair. Tornadoes hit and little girls have asthma attacks, people are robbed, and floods occur and cancer strikes, its all part of earth life.

But guess what else is part of earth life? 

Wonderful people who drop everything to help. The meals that are brought in. The hugs that are given. The needs that are met without anyone asking. 



We have puppies, guacamole, and a song I love more than anything, especially now. This was my step-mothers favorite song, one of the few things we had in common. It brings a lot of peace...by the way peace is the only emotion that cannot be counterfeited. When you feel peace it is real....it is truth. 







So we will go through hard times, but we will go through them together. We will hold each other up and get through the day. Then we will rejoice when the skies turn blue again.

We will celebrate each others victories, the graduations, the babies, the perfect chocolate cake. We will laugh together more than we cry.....but somehow when we are sad, when we are afraid and alone, is when we need each other most.

Take those things from your life that keep you from seeing people as God sees them. Avoid mockery at all costs, work on your judgements of other people that make them smaller than they are. But more than anything else.....love....love with all your heart. Don't miss any opportunity to show love to someone else. We have no guarantees, our futures are completely unknown. All that matters is what you do right now. And if you see a need, and you can, fill it. If you have an opportunity to simply tell someone they look great....do it. If you can show a kindness....do it. Let someone get in front of you at the check out line, or on the freeway. buy someone in need a hamburger, clean out your closet and donate everything you aren't using, take someone flowers, write a thank you note to anyone who has impacted your life. Show love.....right now.

You only have right now.

Don't waste it.






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    1. I am trying to grow my faith through this....I simply follow Sherrill example

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  2. Thank you for your goodness, Donna. And thanks for this big-hearted post.

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  3. Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers for my mother, and for mentioning her here. I am certain that all of the positive energy sent her way helped her to get through her surgery successfully. Hugs to you!

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  4. I can't even imagine what that family is going through losing 2 children. Life can definitely be difficult but when you have friends to help you through, it makes it so much easier. Well said.

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    1. We just rejoice that we have folks to help us through it all...I follow their example of trust, faith and hope. A long road ahead for them...

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  5. Absolutely beautiful Donna and also absolutely true. There needs to be a lot more love in the world and a whole lot less hate. I'm sorry for your friends' struggles. There is a pain no greater than losing a loved one, especially so young.

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    1. So happy to have your friendship, so grateful for such good friends. xxoo

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  6. I cannot imagine the pain and sorrow of the families who lose children. If we listen, we can hear. If we look, we can see. Love is always there. Thank you for reminding us of this, even as sorrow touches our hearts.

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  7. I am so so sorry about your friend. How terrible to lose 2 children in 2 years...I cannot even process it.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness, I know they feel it all, even from folks they don't know, even far far away...all good feelings toward them count

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  8. What the family of the 9 year old must be going through, especially after losing their son. I cannot begin to imagine. It does put everything in perspective.

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    1. I know what you mean....it certainly does make the little things seem even smaller. xxoo

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