Gratitude played a large part of being able to deal with living with a chronic illness. Every day we talked about what we were grateful for. It kept us positive and looking forward. It was usually the small things that we were so grateful to have experienced but we didn't forget those fun trips either. It might be the nurse who took an extra minute to make sure Greg was ok or the memory of a wonderful Christmas. We were so grateful for the soccer games on Saturday mornings and the fact that although walking was very difficult we could still take a motorcycle trip together. We loved our home and were so glad we found it twenty years ago. We had no idea when we took a wrong turn one day that we would find a home that would fit our needs so perfectly both in the present and the future. Our home continues to take care of me now and brings me great comfort. For that I am very grateful.
Being glad that we did the things that we did when we could, brought great comfort. We tried, as best we could, not to wait for some day but to live in the present. There were times in our early and middle years when the money was just not there to take trips or vacations but we made wonderful memories with our son and his friends at the lake and camping. We realized that although vacations and trips were wonderful and we enjoyed them, we had just as much fun right at home.
Creativity was always part of Greg's life. It brought him great pleasure all throughout his life but even when he was his sickest being able to go to the basement and work with wood brought him great joy. When his dream of building a real boat was cut short he began to build beautiful models. Each boat was different and each one became more intricate and challenging to build. Greg always reminded all of us that it was ok to make a mistake when creating something or trying something new. If we messed up something in the basement, he loved it because then he could help us figure out a way to solve the problem. It was that flexibility and problem solving part of him that made him never give up on figuring out how to do something especially if someone told him that it couldn't be done.
Being in nature was always a big part of our lives. I love the ocean and Greg loved camping and being in the woods. We shared many moments enjoying both. It was the quiet times looking at a weed or taking a picture of a butterfly on a flower that made time stand still.
There are many other life lessons that I have learned that I could share but I think for tonight that is enough. I wasn't sure how I would begin blogging again but I knew I would miss the connection and friendships that I have made if I stopped writing. I want to thank everyone who has sent me notes or messages recently. It seems like everyone knew just when a Facebook message or email would be just what I needed to smile again. I keep telling everyone how amazing it is to have such wonderful friends all over the world and it is all because of blogging.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week and will take time to stop and notice all of the Special Moments In Time that happen to all of us. All we have to do is be present and notice them! They truly can make a difference in your life.
When you share your dreams and talent with the world, magic happens. Let the magic begin.