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Friday, September 16, 2011

There is no amount of fitness that can prepare you for a sudden loss. One of my favorite neighbors died last night, an elderly gentleman who was my gardening buddy and a patron of the entire neighborhood. Every child on this street had played on his swing, loved going to his door for Halloween. He had lent probably 80% of the households on my street some specialized gardening tool.

We are all on a journey to good health, and even with Spark people, it can feel like a solitary journey. So aside from being thanksful for all the wonderful people on Spark, I'm taking a minute to step back and be thankful for people. It is how a human should be judged, when the end comes - how many friends one has or how well people think of him. So if you haven't today, make a connection - send someone a note, chat with a stranger in the grocery store, tell a family member you love them. It's a risk to love people, because one way or another, we lose them or they lose us. But it's a risk I'm willing to take.
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    So sorry for your loss, Zoe. We just suffered one in our home and it has clarified how precious friends and family are, how precious our minutes with them are. What eases the loss for me is knowing that in the end my brother in law knew I loved him and I had made sure we stayed connected...it sounds like you were the same with your neighbor, and there is some comfort in knowing that. emoticon
    2376 days ago
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    So sorry to hear about your dear neighbour passing. You will miss him as will everyone in your neihbourhood.
    Wishing you strength for the coming days.

    Thank you for the reminder of the importance of people and connections.
    2377 days ago
    I'm so sorry, Zoe. I know you'll miss him.

    Yesterday was a good day for connections for me, stitching group in the morning and guild meeting in the evening. People getting together to do something they all love and enjoy, trade stories, provide emotional support, and just have fun. We need to see you on Tuesday night soon. I hope your husband will be at home this week.
    2377 days ago
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