One thing I know for sure is that my hourglass has more sand on the bottom than on the top. This realization is not meant to be maudlin or overly sentimental; it is a fact. Another thing I know for sure is that my vision of life has gotten clearer (and not just because I had cataract surgery on both eyes). Here are just a few of my “visions.”
Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Yes, I have heard this all my life, but now that I am older, and people around me are getting sick and/or dying, it is really hitting home. Losing parents and aunts and uncles is very sad, but losing contemporaries is sobering. It reminds me that living every day and staying in the moment is even more important.
It is okay to say, “No.” I have been a people pleaser for most of my life. This often resulted in me being overworked, stressed out, or frustrated. There was no one to blame but myself. Now, I guard my time and energy and only commit to things that are important to me.
Not all people are meant to stay in your life. Over the years I have had many “friends” with whom I thought I would have long-lasting relationships. That isn’t how life works though. I use to be sad that I had not remained close with some of my friends, but I realize now that each person comes into our lives at a certain time for a certain reason. Not all are meant to be with us for a lifetime, and that’s okay.
Do what you love.So much of life is taken up with responsibilities and “have-to-do” moments. Not everything on the “have-to-do” list is of equal importance. It’s okay if I let the less important things go and do what is really important – spending time with my husband watching sports, reading, or writing.
The creation of this list is still a work in progress because every new day is an opportunity to see life through a different lens. The closer your focus, the clearer the view.
For the month of April, I am exploring various forms of poetry. Today’s poem is an Etheree. It is a ten-line poem beginning with a one-syllable line – each line increasing by one syllable ending with a ten syllable line.
Good Friday Jesus Christ A crown of thorns He carried His cross Through Jerusalem’s streets To the hills of Golgotha Hung on the cross between two thieves Suffered and died to redeem our sins Now we wait – for Him to rise from the dead
Yesterday I had a cholecystectomy or in easier terms – my gallbladder removed. After having an excruciating gallbladder attack on New Year’s night, I couldn’t gamble on not having another attack before school ends in June, so I decided to extend my Easter break by three days and get it taken care of sooner rather than later.
Anesthesia has worn off Head is clearer So is the pain Not unbearable – just making its presence known
Coughing is tricky Placing abdominal pressure A necessary precaution Changing positions Done gingerly No sudden movements
Dietary delicacies Crackers and chicken broth Jello and oatmeal Tea and ginger ale Keeps nausea away
Short term annoyances For long term gains and Maybe some fried calamari!
During National Poetry Month I am attempting to write a poem a day. Some I will post, some I won’t. I am drawing inspiration from a number of online sources. Today’s poem is a result of a prompt given at #verselove on ethicalela.com. Kim Johnson, Ed.D. provide today’s inspiration when she told us to “imagine being in a small coffee shop among friends” who are catching up and to share something about ourselves.
Weekend Coffee Share Poem
If we were having coffee… My drink would be black tea or maybe a chai latte.
If we were having coffee… We would catch up on the aches & pains of our aging bodies which would morph into a discussion about which Medicare plan we were choosing Since this year we will turn That magical number 65.
If we were having coffee… We would talk about our grandchildren and expound on all the wonderful things the loves of our lives are doing and how full if life they make us feel.
If we were having coffee… We’d discuss the latest books we were reading, and I would tell you to add Mad Honey to your list.
If we were having coffee… I would make sure we got out our calendars and made another “coffee” date sooner rather than later.
The wind whistles its ominous warning through the not quite closed storm window – a precursor to the impending thunderstorms and high winds Nature’s way of telling us to stay in hunker down be vigilant