Saturday, April 04, 2009
I live in a small rural community....our neighbors have two daughters, one the same age as ours, the other a year older. They were in a rollover accident on their way to school yesterday morning. Things like this bring home again just how quickly our so/so, average day can change in the blink of an eye.
I think in the long run, the girls will be ok (one needed surgery on her shoulder, the other had a punctured lung and some head injuries, broken wrist, etc). Does serve as a reminder how closely knit a community can be and of course makes you want to hug your kids one more time (and harp at them to be careful!).
I'd been thinking before this happened though and still am...just how much a person's mental "wellness" can contribute to their life. It seems like we all know stories...I'm still telling myself to really tell people how much they mean to me but also to start to take more time for myself because in the long run, I'm able to do more for others when I feel like I do have "a life".
Our little town newspaper did an article about a lady who is 84 and belongs to a local gym...five years ago she couldn't carry a bag of bird feed to her apartment, not long ago she threw a friend's wheelchair in the trunk of her car to take him to an appointment. I want to make sure that I'm like that...able to continue to give and do and actually live my life rather than be someone who watches it all go by, not even thinking about what a person can do!
So...if you've made it this far...hang in there, make your little changes that will affect your life for the positive and stop for a moment to think of those who truly do need you and appreciate you!