How’s your week been so far? Mine’s been pretty good. Went to go visit a friend in another town about a half hour away, which was nice.
All right, all right, I kinda blew the whole thing with that title. Not really my bag, what with being a fiction writer and copywriter trained to pique curiosity and then show instead of tell. And with Thanksgiving being tomorrow here in the USA, I figured I’d jaw about it for a little bit. And I’ll be taking a slightly different road than over this way, the post I did a couple years ago.
Let’s get to it for today. That friend I mentioned? She’s actually a friend of my mom’s–a really good friend. I went with Mom to go see her because she’s been through a lot in the past few months. Especially with losing her husband of nearly 30 years to cancer. It’s been a lot to take in for her and her girls to be sure (I don’t know about her son because I don’t know him as well as other members of the family).
She also told us she’s still on the hook for about $400,000 of unforgiven medical bills from her husband’s treatments.
As I think back on what she said to me, I realized a lot of times I wasted time thinking or worrying about things that really don’t matter, or pining for things or circumstances that really weren’t the best, but were familiar to me.
And I also realized she was dealing with something I hope I never have to deal with, but may have to, someday. Even though some days she struggles to breathe in and out because of her circumstances, she keeps going, thankful for every step in the right direction.
We should all be thankful. And I mean being thankful for positive things–the negative things that can be thrown out completely or viewed as part of a bigger picture really should be. As I sometimes say “Toleration can lead to resentment,” and that doesn’t only apply to people. With situations, though, you can end up resenting the number one person you never should…
And that’s no place to be. Do your best to forget the pain in the bad stuff, but hold on to the lessons you picked up.
What I’m really trying to say is that life has ups and downs and sometimes we (with Ty Mall being number one at the top of the list) may let bad things into our lives or not deal with them. Or deal with them so much so that they take all of our attention and we may have problems letting the good stuff in.
Being grateful is the key, but being willing to let go is, too. I’m thankful for things like food, clean water, and enough clothes that they don’t all fit in three drawers (and I’m not fashion-obsessed either–I just have a large amount of winter clothes).
I’m also thankful for each and every one of you in my life right now, whether you’re reading these words or not. I appreciate each and every like, comment, and what-have-ya.
Until next time,
P.S. Friday is Triple F, and I’ll have a (sorta) special announcement, along with the weekly prompt. It’s Black Friday too, so things will probably be short and sweet (mostly because I might be out the door shortly after posting to go check out the awesome deals somewhere or other). Stay tuned for that.