A series of events in my life have coalesced and humbled me. I am reminded that love of family and friends are THE most important things in life. (Reading and writing run a very close second, for me the space between the two is small. If we were talking about font size, it would be an “8” compared to the “12” I write in.)
I am grateful for all the connections with folks, which includes those of you who read and follow my blog. As a writer, I’m always curious about people stories. People like you. My grandmother lived to be 101 and until the day she died, accused me of being nosey. Yet, I find it exciting to learn life stories of others. Others inspire me. As humans, we are resilient in adversity. Given my mother recent diagnosis of a serious illness, I rely on good news about other bouncing back from the biggest challenges in life to remind me – chin up and smile.
I am also reminded of a wise saying: Live for today- it’s all you have.
I’m focused on that as I hear the tick-tock of the clock in my office. It’s loud in the silence that surrounds me. I won the clock in Linda Rohrbough’s class when I attended the inaugural week of The Writer’s Academy at West Texas A & M. (Keep it in mind for next June. I highly recommend the experience and I hope you’ll check out Linda’s website.)
In living for today, I seek to be of service when I am able. Last week, I visited my niece in Tacoma, Washington. My niece has a three-month-old son and a dog, she works part time at a spa in Lakewood, and the Army sent her husband away for a month for training. Auntie to the rescue – at least for a short while. While I know she appreciated the help I provided, including the new Cuisinart pots and pans, Rubbermaid everything, and a lesson how to grocery shop for organics, I received the greatest gift – her love and respect. Every minute shared with her was a joy.
This week, I’m catching up on laundry, bills, emails, and writing. Next week, I travel to Florida to visit my family and offer support to my mother while she endures treatment for her illness. I admire and adore my mother, though through my teen years and early twenties, we battled often. Her love and patience for me got us through the rough patches. Now, it’s my turn to put all she taught me about love, patience, and perseverance to use, as I’ve never had to before.
I hope you will reach out to those you love and let them know you are grateful to have them in your life. A minute can make a difference. If you are comfortable sharing, I’d love to know your story of overcoming adversity.
NOW- for Coming Attractions.
I hope everyone has a fun filled and safe 4th of July. Go Red, White and Blue! I may do a blog post next Wedneday about a 4th of July party when I was in college where the English students pointed out a thing or two about the connection of our histories.
Saturday, July 14th, I’m doing a “live blog” with author ALICIA DEAN. She has a new novel out, Soul Seducer. She’s granted me an interview and will be standing by to take questions and comments. I hope you’ll show her your support and mark this date on your calendar to join us.
Wednesday, July 18th, Guest Blogger PHYLLIS ANNE DUNCAN will be blogging about writing a good book review. Book review writing is not just for writers, since there are many more readers out there. I hope you’ll check out her suggestions, and then start a new summer hobby- book reviewing. I promise you, writers love a well-crafted book review.