Thursday, January 17, 2008

Just to get out of the slump

Okay, so my mom requested a new post because she's tired of looking at my ass. Since she is one of my total of 10 readers, I'm going to comply with her request.

So, does this post have to have a point? I suppose not. What's on my mind lately? Unfortunately, what's been on my mind this week is sickness, death, and the uncertainty of what the future holds. Cheery, eh?

The reason for this is news that I've heard in the last several days; a friend's husband just learned that he has leukemia (he's just 33) and a former co-worker was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has only a few months to live. Both of these things hit me hard. It's a reminder of how fragile life is, how quickly things can change, and how we should appreciate every moment that things are good. Of course, that's not going to happen. I'm still going to get annoyed at day-to-day things like the car dealership taking forever to fix my car, finding baby mice that took up residence in my closet, and whatnot. So, let's scratch the 'every moment' from that thought, and just say 'more often'.

I'm going to work on recognizing the good things in my life and living by one of my favorite phrases 'Count your blessings, not your troubles'. Oh, and praying more b/c that's truly the only way that I feel have the slightest bit of control over anything.

That's it for now. I forgot to post a 'Happy Birthday' to my mom. She's just 26, if your dyslexic. I love you, Mom! Even more than my ass.


BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!

I'm with you on the deep thoughts. One of my husband's clients lost his little girl this week in her sleep. She had epilepsy and was just 6 years old.

It gets you thinking a lot about what really matters in life, doesn't it?

Cheryl Wray said...

LOL!!! Your first line (and last one!) cracked me up!!!!

That is really the key, I think... to be thankful everyday for the little things. They can be taken away quickly and we never want to regret not enjoying them while we have them. And, yes, prayer works. I think it is the only think to help us get through the truly hard times.

chesneygirl said...

This is a good post, Renee.
You are right. It's so easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day things and forget to enjoy the little things and not take the "silly stuff" so seriously.

Thanks for the reminder, my friend!! :)

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the reminder -- I find myself thinking the same thing more and more as I get older.

hollibobolli said...

that had to be the best birthday wish ever... especially since you put it in the "sickness" and "worry" category!!!! LOL!!

Lord, I'm sorry everyone is sick. And I'm sorry I didn't get to see your actual ass.

MarkD60 said...

I've heard, and I (sometimes) try to remember, a saying.

The past is history, can't change it.
The future is a mystery, can't count on it.
All we have is Now, which is a gift, that's why they call it 'The Present'

Anne said...

I know...I know. It is unfortunate that it takes difficult news sometimes to make one recognize and remember how wonderful things are...but you know, some people NEVER seem to learn that...
Good thoughts and positive energy to your friends and a very Happy Birthday to your Mom!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, my girl. You and your beautiful family made it such a great day.
Blessings are all around us each and every day, but unfortunately, so is heartbreak and sadness. Simply give thanks for the blessings, and request healing for all sufferings.
Love, MOM

Laurie said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!

Renee, I'm sending prayers to your friends, and their families. News like this is always hard to take.

Appreciating every moment life has to offer is nearly impossible. I remember telling myself the same thing when Anthony was diagnosed with liver failure. "I'm never going to take his health or life for granted!"

And, of course, I have...but something always reminds me to step back and look at the big picture. That, to me, is what is important. The small things will fade away, but in the big picture, those small things can help shape our lives. all philosophical on you. SORRY. :)

Sending prayers for healing, and for peace.

Five-Browns said...

Sorry you dealing with such difficult news. Its always sobering when people we love become ill but it does force us to live large and with intent. Love the people in your life and try not to sweat the small stuff. {me too!!}

kristi said...

Yes, life is very short. My life is simple, and I like it like that!

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martie said...

Happy, happy Birthday to your MOM. She is the same age I will be in a couple more months.....if you're dyslexic! Gotta love that one.

And your ass is is a female right? Then she is called a's nice to put a name to it, don't ya think? hee hee.

I am sorry to hear about the illnesses of your friends. Having been there with my first hub and losing him to cancer at the age of 34, I can truly understand where you are coming from. After that, my thoughts were to live every day as if it were the last day of my life...........that way I would appreciate everything and see all the beauty and treat everyone with kindness. I've failed miserably at it some days, but have done fairly well all in all.


Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear you are struggling. Praying for your friends. Happy (belated) bday to your mom!

DebbieDoesLife said...

What a great idea to give my age in dyslexic terms!!

Sorry for all the sad news. But, your friends will need your strength and your support even more so you are not allowed to wallow. You will have to be there for them.

Sarah said...

I wasn't tired of looking at your ass! It's very cute!

I still have to remind myself to count my blessings rather than my troubles. Thank you for reminding me.

Greta said...

i am really sorry to hear about your friends girl!! i couldn't imagine!!

happy 26th to your mom..
don't feel bad my grandmother informs us every year she is 29...