Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Two things to remember for the many wonderful people in our lives.
Yesterday my mother started her chemo and her fight against breast cancer as we sat eating dinner celebrating Ellen's end to her chemo. I couldn't imagine two more wonderful people in my life that I have chosen to surround myself with who have both started paths down a different road in life. This is when those people around us find themselves in vibrant color. I remember reading Into the Wild and feeling so much for Chris McCandless, as he sought to run a way from society. It was only in the end, as he tried to leave the isolated school bus he called home in the wilderness of Alaska, that he realized it's the people around him that made life truly special: happiness is shared. He found humanity and love.
Even before my mother was diagnosed with cancer she would tell me how she prays. I remember telling mom about Ellen and she would say "I'll pray for her" and I would say how nice that was. Now for those who don't know me I'm not a religious man per say but I do believe in something of a higher spirit that I experience by spending my time outside in the mountains. So I started thinking about how and why people pray. Do you have to believe in God to pray? Yesterday I decided; absolutely not. We can always think about our loved ones and wish them well and feel our connection with them in this world; its the simple act of turning inward and focusing positive energy towards a person or situation that can be so healing, and can connect us to each other. So I decided that I would focus inward, on certain words and people in my life, and send some good energy their way. I think many of us inherently do this, with or without out even knowing it, it's just the act of focusing in on it more.
So as I focus my love and energy on mom and Ellen; I remember these two things: surround yourself with wonderful people and live life to it's fullest every day and second, take the time to let them know how much you love them - even if its just by sending some good energy their way.
Oh, right - the marshmallows. Ellen brought them and as we sat around the fire she made everyone one heck of a S'more! Just one of the many reasons we love her dearly.
Mom I miss you much I'll see you soon, you've always been there for me as I will be for you.