Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Good Laugh

This morning I had a good laugh. I was on the phone with the lab doing my Oncotype testing. We were talking about test results, timing, and insurance matters. As I was deep in conversation, I heard my daughter screaming from her bedroom. "Help! Help! HELLLLP!" After the third scream, I decided she might need my attention.

I balanced the phone on my shoulder (not easy to do after surgery, mind you) and stepped into her room. There she was writhing around on the floor because one of her toys fell apart... again. This particular new toy falls apart almost every time she plays with it. I motioned to her that I was on the phone and to wait. She commenced with the mother of all sighs. 

I grabbed the nearest pen and paper and started taking down information from the lab. "Not on that! How could you?," she cried. It was a list of her dress-up schedule for the week. Yesterday she was Pinky Pie. Today she is Fluttershy, etc. (She makes elaborate My Little Pony costumes with her clothes, accessories, and art supplies.) And I had marred her list with my medical information! "What else could go wrong,?" she said and collapsed in a heap. She was truly upset, but I couldn't help but laugh. When I finished my call I told her, "Things could always be worse. Relax and let's get back on track." 

That's when it hit me. I've been doing the same thing. I've forgotten things could be worse! Believe me, I know I have plenty of reasons to be miserable and give in to despair. But who would that serve? Things could be much, much worse. I need to process where I am AND where I'm not, and do just as I told my little girl: "Relax, and get back on track."

The realization felt like a breath of fresh air. I'm already making a list of fun things I'd like to do before my next surgery. I'm also going to resume my "daily delights." And I'm going to hang more of your cards on my tree. My mom said she'll build me a forest as long as you keep sending cards...

My card tree made by my super creative mom!

Where are you ensnared in misery? How can you get back on track with a positive attitude and a thankful heart?

Life is precious and time is ever fleeting. Relax.


"The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning." Lamentations 3:22-23

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