I’m thankful for life. It’s the biggest gift I have received here on earth, besides the gift of eternal life. This comes to me after we lost a good friend and co-worker last night. Why is it, well at least for me that when someone leaves here that I begin to especially appreciate my life for a time. I want to say I appreciate it every single moment but the truth of the matter is, I get wrapped up sometimes in the day-to-day. Silly things like when the last to be born and only girl couldn’t find her P.E. shorts this morning and we were running a little late, or when the cat vomits on the wood floor and I step in it, or the washing machine gets off-balance and I need to re-start it a few times, spilling coffee on my pants, the remote control running out of battery, or the kids leaving t.v. on game mode. Yes, silly trivial things. They get me off kilter. My goal is to find a slice of beauty, a gift in the everyday, this helps very much. It helps when I can stop what I’m doing, in the middle of all of the silly trivial things and just pray. Take a moment to slow down and remember who is in control. This helps but in all my human-ness I still have blue days, I still have irritating days when I forget how blessed I am just to be alive. And when catastrophe hits most recently the Philippines then how do I have the right to gripe about the batteries being dead in the remote control? Instead let me take the focus off me for a tiny bit and gather all the clothes the kids have outgrown and take them to our neighbor, the soccer players best friend whose family is sending a large box of supplies to their friends and family who are there in the Philippines right now. Or donate to Philippine Red Cross even if it were just one dollar, can you imagine if everyone just gave one dollar?
I’m not going to write about Jerry here in this space. I was asked to write about him at work today, something to send out to friends in our industry, other co-workers. It was my honor to write a little something about a very special man. I’m just going to say here in this space that it was my privilege to know such a forthright man.