Sunday, April 04, 2010
We got the news on Friday that a friend who had been battling pancreatic cancer died on Friday. He was 53 years old and has a sweet wife and 3 young daughters.
I'm thankful that he was a man of faith and is in a better place, but it has caused me to reflect on my own life and how I need to slow down and enjoy the blessings I've been given. I have 3 wonderful children who are all married to Christians. I have 7 incredible grandchildren and a husband who is just too good to me! God has blessed me so much more than I deserve.
Friday afternoon I did something I normally wouldn't do. I took my Mom out for ice cream and ordered a small sundae. I didn't order sugar free or yogurt or fat free - I got a peanut butter brownie delight with hot fudge, whipped topping and a cherry. I savored every bite of it and laughed with my Mom. Normally, I'd stress out about the calories and fat I was consuming, but I chose not to for that time.
Friday night six of our grandchildren were over for a family Bible study. After the study, they were running around the kitchen - our kitchen has 2 doorways and the children love to run in a circle between the doors. I sat in my chair and just watched them and savored every second of it. I listened to their laughter and watched how they smiled, how they ran and just enjoyed them.
Yesterday morning, I took my coffee out to my front porch and did nothing - I just watched the birds at my feeder and enjoyed the coolness of the spring morning.
I need to slow down more and savor life. No ice cream for me this week, but once in awhile I'm going to get a sundae and savor it. I'm going to sit on my porch more often with my coffee and a good book. I'm going to really appreciate my family more.
Things still need to be done, but I need to realize how short my time here might be and appreciate the simple pleasures.