Life is not a straight line. It's a downpour of gifts, please – hold out your hand

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Preciousness


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.  

10 comments :

  1. More love, just because this post gave me goosebumps. Every time someone quotes that poem, I feel like it is a message from the universe that I, and Wild Precious as an entity, are on the right track. <3

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  2. thanks for the beautiful story ... savor, yes - revel in, yes. xo Pattie

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  3. Amen to that! Beautiful picture and heart-felt post! Thank you for your poignant living, breathing and laughing!

    Love you!

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  4. Oh I am going to head over to KOM in a minute. I hear you Julia. I am 41, have a friend who had a big scare with skin cancer just a week ago...makes you think, feel grateful, see beauty, like you said.

    Love you sweet friend!

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  5. I am trying to learn this lesson. You would think I would be the first person to savour and enjoy life having lost my Mum quite young. I am working on it every day. Everyday I hope it's not too late. I hope I won't go to my grave saying the same thing. Keep reminding those of us who need a little help please Julia.

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  6. Julia,
    There was a book I once read that touched me to the core..it was the story of a woman battling cancer and her group of very close girlfriends. It was so interesting the way in which each of her friends absorbed the illness of a friend and the different ways in which they each tried to help her through.
    From taking her for walks in the sunshine and fresh air, to providing her with lots of vitamins and nutritional meals, to lending a shoulder, lending an ear. I loved that book so much, it taught me so much and truly instilled in me the precious gift of the women in my life...all ages, all belief systems, incredible talents but so very different..yet each one lends a unique amazing bit to my life...
    Having been through a very devastating illness 2 1/2 years ago and "soldiering on" to coin a phrase from a friend...the lessons learned, the moments cherished, the one foot in front of the other, one step at a time life I lived during that time brought me to where I reside in my heart, soul and life now...and that is..there is never anything to small, to quiet that goes un-noticed and for that I would do it all again.
    Thank you for this story!
    Oh and by the way the book is entitled "Talk Before Sleep" by Elizabeth Berg...it is absolutely a wonderful, enriching book...
    In peace...Valerie..justagirlandherjourney.blogspot.com

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  7. I think I need that dress. (It may be a bit too much for indoor park/library/coffee shop, though.)

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  8. This was the loving reminder I needed today to truly, wholeheartedly embrace the preciousness of life. Thank you for always knowing what is in our hearts, Julia. You are such a gift. Love you.

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  9. Oh the photo... I so want what she's got!
    Your poem... so beautiful!
    You... incredible.
    xxx

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  10. yes, to savour.

    i once had that idea, but it went awry - i thought it meant fit in as much as possible. now i know remember that savouring is all about the slow appreciation.

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