Yesterday I was blessed with a day I was not sure would ever come again. For years my sister and I have spent a day during the holiday season going out in the community and taking part in all it has to offer. Craft sales, bazaars, trolley rides, music, lights, truck parade. It has been “our” day. And it so easily could have been lost. For us, we had a real crisis visit us late last summer. I watched her struggle to live, to talk, to walk, to come home, to understand what had happened, to rebuild her life, to regain joy, trust in the future and her foothold in the world. And none of us knew then, or even know now, where all of this eventually will end up.
But this is what I know today, yesterday I was blessed. I spent the day in joy, in love, in peace, in laughter, in song, In happiness. Here we are last night at the lighted truck parade (she is the blonde), a moment we were not guaranteed to ever have again. Because there are no guarantees, and I really get that now. We have this moment, this day, right now as it is. Do not let it slip by without some appreciation, some thankfulness. It is the small things we will miss when life takes a different road. The voice, the sound of laughter, the sharing of “our song”, someone saying “mom, or dad”. The shared meals, the easiness of simply loving someone and sharing life.
The lesson that comes up for me over and over is be grateful for today. Be grateful for this moment. Be grateful for the simple things. Wake up and say “Thank you for today”. Show compassion, people are struggling with hidden pain, sorrow and fear. We are all human, we come from the same Stuff. It is easy to give someone a smile, maybe that smile can change their day. Maybe it is what they need to not give up. Be kind, show how much I care. Be loving, don’t pass up the chance to give a hug or say I love you.
One thing I knew when my sister was in the hospital was that she knew how much she was loved by me. If the worst had happened I would not have had regrets on our relationship. But I can’t say that about everyone. It is easy to get get caught up in the day, the week, or month. Time goes by really fast so make each day, each moment count. Reach out, don’t let people you love slip away. In today’s world it easy to connect. Yes, I would rather hear my son’s voice and feel his hug, but a text from him that says “I love you” feels so darn good. We have no excuse to be disconnected. All the modern technology makes it easy.
So my yesterday was a gift. But so is today. I cannot sit in yesterday, whether it was amazing or trying, it is over and the lesson mine to keep. So I take that lesson and I move in today, with all of its unknown. I have no idea where the day will take me. It could a normal day to be grateful for, there could be unknown adventures and lessons waiting me. It is important to treasure it and it all it brings. Be they lessons, delights, simple pleasures or adventures, the day awaits. I will not waste it, because this I know, Time is precious, life is precious, I am precious and the Universe is ready, willing and available for me to join in and dance.