I don’t know about you all, but for me, I can’t help but think of the past at Christmastime. Grandparents that I’ve lost, homes I’ve lived in over the years, my children as babies. This time of year seems to breed nostalgia. Of course having all the Christmas songs going in the background probably contributes quite a bit as well.
When I think back on this whole year, I realize I have seen a lot. Had you told me that I would battle a life threatening disease and win, I probably would have tried everything I could do to stop time and keep it from happening. I don’t think that would have worked though. 🙂
Just last Sunday I found out that another cancer warrior I know has only a short time left here. That makes 2 in the last 7 days with just a couple months of life to live. Of the 5 people I know that were diagnosed within 1-3 months of me, my Aunt Judy & I seem to be the only ones that are winning our fights. Two others have gone to be with Jesus, and then this one I heard about on Sunday. Cancer is so unfair. These other friends deserve to live too!!
I guess what I’m saying is, don’t take life for granted. It sounds so cliche to say this, that I almost didn’t. But really, unless you’ve fought this fight, you can’t totally understand. Now I get the meaning of, “Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.” Take advantage of the time here and don’t waste it.
Smile more. Laugh more. Get upset less. Realize that it really doesn’t matter that you didn’t get the close parking place at the store – be thankful that you can walk the distance. Hug your kids. Kiss your spouse. It’s ok if the dishes sit in the sink. Go to bed if you’re tired. Don’t try to work yourself into an early grave. It’s really not important. Done is better than perfect. Enjoy life. Pray more. Worry less. Trust.
Photo courtesy of Mark Ylen, Ylen Photography