Sunday, August 30, 2009

It's Been A Great Day!

“It’s been a great day!” I overheard this sentence last night from a woman who has been sick for years and recently underwent an organ transplant. All has not gone smoothly; she’s had infections, other issues and ambulance trips back to the hospital, but yesterday she was able to be out and about for a few hours and, at the end of that time, she exclaimed, “It’s been a great day!”

As I thought about this statement, I couldn’t help but counter it with other news we’ve recently received: a teenage suicide, a friend of a friend of a friend whose wife collapsed and died just as they were both pulling their lives together and while she was six months pregnant and a friend diagnosed this past week with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Each of these pieces of news left me not only with sadness and grief, but also with a renewed sense of how precious and fragile life is. This type of news reminds me, as I go through my day, that I need to slough off the little irritants, sometimes even the big irritants. I need to wake up in the morning, not whining that I didn’t get enough sleep, but happy to have woken up. I need to end the day thankful for what I have in my life – more importantly, thankful for whom I have in my life.

It’s been a great day – hearing that said by a woman who battles medical issues daily and in the context of the recent slurry of bad news, I realized that we can all learn a lesson about putting our days into perspective. Any day can be a great day!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How true...great perspective...

Kim H. said...

EVERYday is a great day! We all get too many reminders to relish each and everyday, it's just that some don't 'listen' to these reminders or think that life is too busy. Some tend to focus on the wrong things in life, like how old they are, but goodness, being the ages we are is sure better than not getting a day older. Have a GREAT week!

Rebekah Christine said...

Everyday you are able to share with your children or your spouse is a great day. As you have pointed out, not everybody has that opportunity every day. But what is more sad is that there are some who have it and waste it. I pray I never do.

-Scott (Rebekah's Daddy)