Lessons, Re-Learned

For me, this is a time of imminent loss. One of my longest-standing, dearest friends is fighting for his life. Now, he is the proverbial tough old bird and if anyone can beat these particular odds it will be this guy. But for the foreseeable future, the next text or phone call could bring terrible news.

As I scrap this or that “important” plan in order to spend a few minutes clunking around his hospital room or assisting his family in some small way, I’m re-reminded of the few things that matter to me.

1) My loved ones.

2) Writing.

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3) Getting my head into the present tense so I can appreciate what is happening while it is happening. Such as walking on the bluffs by the ocean and… catching paragliders taking their turns at launch… or witnessing brilliantly graceful pelicans come in for their awkward landings, right next to harbor seals who lounge unperturbed:

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And, oh yeah,
4) My health.

When I was younger, I knew these things, too. But when I was younger, I more often lost touch with truth.

I’m so grateful I got to get old and I look forward to figuring more stuff out. While remembering the stuff I already figured out.

(The WP Weekly Photo Challenge was “lines”.)

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5 thoughts on “Lessons, Re-Learned

  1. Sue I am so with you ..getting into the moment is such a gift .last well as making those deep connections with self and others . Write on!

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  2. […] Required Writing Lessons, Re-Learned […]

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  3. Wishing your friend well, and sending you love and hugs as you keep trying to live in the moment.

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  4. Sue, I’m thinking of you, your friend and his family. Here’s to staying in present tense and enjoying each moment. Lots of love to you xxoo

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