Saturday, 20 December 2008

Making the most ...when life is a bitch

I can't post a Smiley Saturday today.I feel overwhelmed and sad. It isn't about me though. I have just read the most heart breaking post written by Emilie, a mum of two small boys as she is preparing to die.

I have quietly been following Emilie's story for a while . Emilie was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in the early weeks of pregnancy with her second son. She delivered her beautiful, boy almost a year ago. Emilie braved surgery, chemo and other treatment and seemingly beat the odds, but the cancer reoccurred .

I cannot imagine for a minute how she is feeling. She has to face this reality and prepare herself and her family for the worst outcome... something no young family should have to do.

Yet she wrote in the article Finding joy in the midst of darkness
What if I allow myself to put the outcome in God’s hands and just live intensely in the present, absorbing and embracing life as it happens? Emilie Lemmons
the full article is here .

I am so humbled and inspired by her words on redefining joy and in this season of comfort and joy she can teach us so much. Early in her journey she wrote ...

If there is a bright side to any of this, it's that the unimportant, superficial things in our lives have suddenly fallen away, and we are intensely focused on what remains truly important, which is each other, our family, and making the most of the time we have together now. Emilie Lemmons
The message I will take away is life is far too precious and we should ....just live intensely in the present, absorbing and embracing life as it happens. I'll let the superficial things in life go and stop sweating the small stuff. In the end will they matter.

Emilie's story reminds me of Randy Pausch's Last Lecture.

Carpe Diem ... Today and always I will be thankful beyond measure and vow to seize every day that I can to Live well, Laugh often, & Love with all of my heart!

so what would you say or do ?

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