Friday, July 5, 2013

Life's Little Surprises

I’ve been absent from my blog for some time but for good reason. I had a baby who had some challenges. And I had a lot of family injuries too. All within about six months. And it became A LOT to deal with. I was lucky to get through the day some days with everyone bathed, including myself. But going through the fire helped put things into perspective. Life dishes out all sorts of things. Good and bad. Little surprises, some not so little I suppose. But with the right perspective, it was all manageable. I kept reminding myself of how my situation could have been worse. Because it could have been SO much worse. And then I was grateful that it wasn’t. And that thought alone would get me through the day. I relate it to a baby learning to walk. Moving from one end of the room seems unimaginable at first. But he takes one step, then another. Just like life’s surprises. At the time it may seem impossible to make it, but step by step, you succeed. You get through one day, then another, then another. And just when you are getting a stride, you get knocked down again. Just when that baby thinks he’s got this walking thing, he stumbles and falls. But he doesn’t give up. And you don’t give up. He gets up, you get up, brush it off, and take a new step. And another. And another. And you may fall again. He may stumble again. But he wants to get to the other side of the room. And you will get through the day, the week, the month or the year without a set back. And pretty soon, the baby is on the other side of the room, all by himself, without falling once, and then he is running through the yard, and those first few times, when he stumbled and fell are a distant memory the he doesn’t even remember. And looking back at all those setbacks I endured the past year are behind me. I often wonder how I made it, because it was a struggle, but we survived. And we are all healthy, happy and better for it. Life is about perspective. And I am so grateful for all that I have. Thanks for sticking with me and not giving up on me. It’s good to be back.

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