Anne Lamott says it best - "Here are the two best prayers I know: 'Help me, help me, help me' and 'Thank you, Thankyou, Thank you.'" Ask your family for help creating your Last Gift Box and Thank them for their care in doing this task with you.
FEAR is the partner we live with. Fear can speak to us quietly, stop our feet from moving, blow us over. Fear can also energize us to lift a car, dive into a stormy ocean, run into a fire --- to save our children, dog, partner. Fear also stops us from talking to our family about our death wishes. What will they think? I have a death wish? They won't talk about it with me. I will scare them. I'll skip this talk today. I have time. Really? You know your exit date? What i
When you're in the sh__ __ up to your neck there's nothing left to do but sing. Sammuel Beckett We all have times that challenge our beliefs, our love, our health, our future, our plans, our humor. Challenges arrive for a reason I have decided. I don't want to begin the "Organ Recital" but I think we, Bob and I, could win the blue ribbon for surgeries, medical challenges our family has faced and continues to deal with. Challenges provide two choices: deal with it, face real
There is an innocence to those first best friends. We shared secrets, complained about parents, chores. We thought we would live forever, always close and supportive of each other. Then life made other plans. We grew up. We moved. We lost touch. But in our memory bank we still hold the wonder of those special times. That is what we can focus on as we create our Last Gift Box- the memories we want to share with our kids and friends. The books we own that are just books un
I found this write up and it strikes me as a good way to face the realities of challenges. My husband is recovering from his second open heart surgery - and neither were for blockages. He is a unique man for sure. And has unique health problems. Not in our plans, but his determination and resilience are motivators for us both. Enjoy these words by Marci - "In our lives, there are times when we face a hardship that we do not think we can bear. We wonder 'Why?' and we loo
On our recent adventure with our granddaughters we took them to Askeaton, the second oldest town in Ireland. Still standing are the ruins of a 1389 Franciscan Friary and ancient remains of Askeaton Castle used by Kights Templar and dating from 1199. A river runs through the small village and a one lane bridge provides passage for cars and people from one side of town to the other. It is a living museum, a step back in history, a reminder of things past. But this ancient Iri