Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver
This morning, as I sit here sipping coffee, soaking in the quiet of my moment, my heart feels like it might overflow. Sometimes it feels like the preciousness of it all is just too much.
I am being constantly and continually reminded lately of how very fragile and ever changing and precious life is. There has been a lot of talk all around me of young, beautiful, seemingly healthy people who have been diagnosed with cancer, who are getting double mastectomies, who are undergoing chemotherapy, losing their hair and experiencing all of the other beautiful and painful and touching and heartbreaking things that come with a cancer diagnosis.
Last night, I went out to celebrate one of my girlfriends turning 40...we drank fancy drinks in fancy glasses, ate fancy food with fancy names, got a little buzzed and giggled and giggled some more. At one point, one of the women started talking about how she was creating a hat with hair extensions for her dear friend who was just recently diagnosed with lung cancer. This friend of hers has never smoked, is super active, and is 42. Her symptoms started with a little back pain. We all let this story sink in deep and savored, even more, the sips and bites and each other's smiling faces--awake, even more, to the gift of these precious moments.
This is the message I am constantly getting and being given. To savor. To laugh. To enjoy even more. To not take for granted a second of this wild and precious life.
There is so much beauty. There is so much beauty.
And speaking of beauty....!
I am over at Kind Over Matter today. Deeply honored. Deeply appreciating.
Posted by Julia at 10:07 AM