this photo is of me with my brothers...yes a very long time ago
I was reminded the other night of this one particular thing...all of us, every single one of us has a 'story'
something that that has either molded us into who we've become
or something we have went through or are currently going through
I also know, there is always someone who has it worse than you
no matter what you are going through at this time
someone else is out there struggling, barely making it
trying to surface, stay above those waves and trying to stay afloat.
I do not know what your are going through
or what you have went through-
I truly wish you happiness and that you would know peace...find joy
when I think of my childhood...
we moved a lot, I got to a point where I no longer wanted to make friends
because we would just move again & although this part
was hard, we drew close as a family because of it
I had a happy childhood...
there was never a day I did not feel loved...
i think of being diagnosed with cancer when my daughters
were still so young and how I was determined to
just be here and watch them grow-up
or when I lossed dear, loved ones...
even when I was re-diagnosed again with cancer
I still knew my family and my life were worth going
through those treatments again
life was worth it and so I 'grinned and beared it'
that those times were hard, is an understatement...
we all have good and bad that have happened to us
I was never more aware of this than the other night...
you see I met with a few women from our church.
women I do not truly know ,outside of church
I see them on Sunday and just smile, say hi and continue on...
so the other night we met for coffee, we went around the table introducing ourselves
and saying something about ourselves that we knew the others did not know.
I tell ya, I led a boring life...for sure. when I heard some of what they had went through while growing up....
alcoholism, abuse...one parent attempting to murder the other parent...I left there thinking:
Wow...I had no idea they had went through this...and was reminded that no matter how dark it is for me
no matter what my trial & tribulation...
there is someone out there who is barely treading water...trying not to drown in it all
someone who needs a friend
I will try to make an effort in my life
to not only be thankful for all the good I have been given
(my glass is half-FULL never half-empty)
but, also not to dwell on any sadness & loss that has come my way
I will try to reach out to others
to see beyond the shallow hello's and be there for them
Joyful...yes I am truly joyful
I am healthy, happy & content
I count myself lucky.
may I shine my light
may I be the wife, mom, granny, daughter, sister and friend
that God intended me to be...
and may I shine my light.
may I be shiny!!
do you ever feel that others have it better or worse than you?
what would you do to reach out to others and shine your light?
what do you do to count your blessings? or do you?