I didn't do much today but I had a few friends stop by, talked to a few more on the phone and received sweet cards from some in the mail. I am amazed at how RICH I am ...with sooo many dear friends! I have to admit that many times when things are really tough and bigger than I can ever imagine that I can handle, I remember my friends and how they are cheering for me and truly believe that I can beat this. That gives me great power and confidence.
One of the things that I have struggled with this past year of being so sick is how limited my service has been to others. I for some reason have always known that a big portion of my life, is to be in service to others. I love people! I love learning about their lives and what makes them happy.I love making new friends every day and I really don't believe that it is possible to have too many BEST FRIENDS, and for me... all that is a natural high. So it has been hard having to concentrate so much on me and not being able to help anyone else. I know that there is a time and season for everything, but still I miss being able to be a small part of other's lives.
"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."---Marian Wright Edelman
Since I am still at the beginning of this journey, I realize that some times I will have to ask for help from others. That is a lot harder than it looks. I love serving but being served is humbling. There have been so many that have served out family lately and many who continue to ask what they can do. I have been thinking a lot about that. If I could ask each one of you to do something I guess it would be to... TRY AND TOUCH ONE OTHER LIFE in the near future. I am telling you it is addictive, it brings a happiness that is hard to explain and it also helps you keep your life and problems in perspective. The best thing though,is when you do service for someone it usually makes them want to go out and do the same, for someone else. A dear friend of mine introduced me to a children's book that talked about this very subject, it is called... Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson. It is an amazing book and really shows the rippling effect that just one person's deed can have on so many other lives.
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." ----Ralph Waldo Emerson
Since I won't be doing very much of that in the near future, that would be what I would ask of you, just stop for a moment in your busy day to touch someone's life. It doesn't have to be big, but it must be SINCERE. It can be just a smile, a hug, a birthday remembered, a card or letter, a dinner, a ride and on and on. The possibilities are endless. I will thank you now for all that you are about to do, I promise you... that you will benefit as much, if not more than the person you serve, that is the neat thing about service.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ---Anne Frank
Need to head to bed, I have Physical Therapy in the morning. Thank you for sharing my journey with me, you are such a great cheering section. I will continue to fight this battle and remember how blessed I am to have so many dear friends support me a long the way!
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." -----Albert Schweitzer
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." --Edmund Burke