Last night I got wonderful news about a friend of mine.  The pathology from her recent surgery showed no spread of cancer and there is hope that the procedure is the cure.  Weeks of worry and prayer dissolved into tears of thanksgiving.

This morning I saw on Facebook that while vacationing with family the husband of a friend of mine died un-expectantly of a heart attack in his sleep leaving them stunned, shell-shocked and in pain.

As I sit with my cup of decaf French vanilla coffee looking out to a dreary, rainy day, I ponder the dichotomy of life once again.  Happy – Sad, Strong – Weak, Alive – Deceased and all within a few hours’ time.

Life swings like the pendulum on the cuckoo clock Thad and I brought home from a trip to Germany.  It reminds me to hug my husband tighter, snatch more bits of time with my daughter and create special memories with my grandchildren  The cuckoo clock has three weights.  In my mind each represents my husband and family, my friends and my God.  I realize that if we don’t wind the clock, lifting the weights that color our life, the clock will stop and life is never the same.  Don’t we say the life is crazy – or cuckoo?  Yes – sometimes calm and sometimes stormy.  As the cuckoo clock chimes again alerting to time gone by, it also plays a cheerful song as men hoisting beers and woman dancing reminding me to make the most of each moment, embrace the good, face the bad knowing that just as the time ticks by – so too will the bad, leaving us lessons to grow by.

Today’s lesson has me reaching for God, Thad, Francesca and Rich, and my grandsons – Aiden and Ryker.  And because life is so uncertain these two events have me also reaching for my phone to touch the lives of those friends I haven’t spoken to in a while.

Good and bad, sunshine and rain, both are needed to keep life in perspective.

Precious.

 

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I have additional insights I’d love to share with you found in the pages of my debut book: Surviving Medical Mayhem – Laughing When It Hurts.  To order a copy or learn more go to my website at www.lorettaschoen.com

Blessings for Health & Wellness.