Monday, January 18, 2010

Perspective

The past week has been full of events that have offered perspective.

The most obvious has been the situation in Haiti. It's a horrible tragedy that we cannot even fathom. I can't begin to process the thoughts on this situation..... only that I'm praying for them.

There was also an instance at work, last week, that started out as ridiculous and quickly turned unfortunate. It's actually a great story, but I probably shouldn't post about it here until I can figure out how to make it a little more anonymous, lol.

More personally, my trip to St. Jude (which I will still be posting about). There is nothing like standing in front of a child with a life-threatening illness..... a child who is fighting that illness with everything you've got.... to give you a wake-up call as to what your life is about.

To quote Chase, a 15 year old who is currently fighting Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his skull, when he was asked what his dreams for his future are as he succeeds in fighting this illness...... "I don't really dream for the future. I live for today, because it's the only day that I know I have. If I want something, it has to be fought for now..... not, someday."

Amen. That's perspective from a 15 year old boy.

My friends/coworkers and I that went this weekend kept an ongoing conversation about this. The past week has been a bit of an eye-opener for all of us.

I'm cautious. I'm a planner. I think and I ponder and I weigh the pros and cons. The good news is that once I finally do make a decision and take action, I very rarely regret it.

The bad news is that I probably do miss out on some things because I too cautious.

So, all that said, I'm about to take some action. It's scary and to be perfectly honest, I would like to throw up just thinking about what may come of it.

So, please do me a favor...... cross your fingers and pray for me over the next week or so. Whatever the outcome is, good or bad, I'm going to need it.

4 comments:

Brittany Ann said...

I know exactly how you feel. I used to counsel kids with terminal illnesses, and honestly, they changed my life. They made my life mantra: Live in the moment. Hence my blog name:)

Notes From the Grove said...

Hi, Jess! I've decided to make my blog private, but would like to invite you to be a reader. If you'd like to, you can send me your email address.

And I'm crossing my fingers for you. I know EXACTLY what you mean by being too cautious :o)

Gina said...

Ohhh wow. I think I'd love to go to St. Jude but I bet it would be so emotionally hard. Good for you. You are making a difference!

Lil' Woman said...

Your such a wonderful gal..I bet te children enjoyed your company at St. Jude's!