Over the past few months, it seems every time I turn around someone else has passed. For me, it started with the loss of my friend Corriedawn. Then a member of my writer’s group lost her husband earlier this month and just this weekend my neighbor’s mom died suddenly of a stroke. All completely random and heartbreaking.
Along with the pain and shock, these losses also came bearing gifts. Even as we mourn the passing of our dearly beloveds, we can’t help but celebrate them by re-living the joys we shared together. Sweet memories, funny stories and heartfelt confessions about the impact they had on our lives. Like silver thread, these memories stitch back together the pieces of our shattered hearts, connecting our souls beyond time and space.
So much loss has made me realize how often I take for granted the joys of everyday life. Instead of rushing and striving to build a life I think I want, I’m slowing down to savor; each precious moment with my wonderful son as he continues to grow and tower over me. Every belly rub and slow saunter around the neighborhood with my 12 year old “brown shadow”, Tootsie Roll. Simply sitting down to eat at the dinner table with my darling husband is a privilege I no longer assume. Every moment is now precious. Our laughter and our joy together are cultivating the seeds of a life worth living and I am grateful.
“Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.” Sharon Draper
So, what do you think, my friendly blog reader?
How are you savoring your life these days?
Who are you cultivating joy and laughter with?
I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.