Every once in a while we have an experience that changes us forever. My husband works with a guy whose wife has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. They have been struggling for over a year now with all of the things that go along with that. Sadly, he has recently had to put her in a home. She no longer knows who he is, she is angry and yelling much of the time. He has lost his wife, and yet he has not. My heart is breaking for them and their very difficult situation. He recently approached the company they work for and asked to be given an open position that would require less of his time so that he can care for his wife. He was denied. His last day is the end of this month. I know you have heard/seen/lived this type of scenario many times. I have never had it hit quite so close to home and it makes you realize how quickly life can change. I am stunned at the lack of care shown by a company he has dedicated over 20 years to. It worries me that we could find ourselves in the same boat.
I know that I go along my merry way, working hard and building dreams for myself, my husband, my sons and their families and our grandchildren. In the blink of an eye everything can change and we are forced to begin again…move in a different direction.
Spring makes me think of everything new—of starting over again. Clean, fresh, better. Not all change is welcome—or positive. And yet we can start new by changing the way we think about things. We can use each opportunity to become better. To choose to be happy in spite of difficult circumstances. Here’s to a positive outlook whatever our circumstances may be. I am trying to be more aware of my interaction with others—to remind myself that they may be having a hard day/life and that the way I treat them may have a huge impact on their lives. I know that when people are kind to me it makes a difference to me regardless of my circumstances. When times are hard, even more so.
I hope as we “begin again” this spring that we will re-evaluate our own lives and reach out to those within our influence with a renewed commitment to show love and acceptance. We do matter— and what we do matters.
Our oldest son Jason will be welcoming a baby girl in June and Brian will also be welcoming a new (as yet undetermined) baby a few months later. We are looking forward to more grand-children—the very light of life!