Note to Self: “Appreciate Life.”

One night in September, I read a blog post from a 36 year old woman – it was her last post …ever. She had cancer and, with only a few days to live, she said goodbye to the world.

Life is here …then it’s gone.

She asked that we embrace Life with both hands and appreciate the opportunity to tell our kids to brush their teeth and hurry up for school. She wrote in a very matter of fact way that was simple and eloquent – like a woman at peace who had come to accept her fate. She still felt cheated and wanted to watch her children grow up and get married and she wanted to grow old with her husband but, knowing that wasn’t going to happen, she urged her readers to savour what she couldn’t.

She died September 16th. Her name was Kristy.

Thank you Kristy for sharing your thoughts with the world and with me. I am no longer the same man I was before I read your words.

Kristy’s final post helped me attain a greater feeling of peace around the idea of just going for it -whatever it is- without so much fear or worry about the outcome.

“All things eventually end anyway”, I contemplated, “so why not risk doing something valuable and worth remembering?”.

After all, soon enough Death will come knocking asking for me.

But for now, with Death dancing in the periphery of my Life, I find it to be a dark and wonderful teacher showing me what “Preciousness” truly is.

I recently read about a woman who witnessed a grown daughter saying her final goodbye to her aged and ailing Mom at an airport.

Her Mom’s final parting words to her daughter were “I wish you enough.”

The woman who witnessed (and later wrote about) this event moved closer to the window beside the old woman who stood watching her daughter walk away for the very last time. After her daughter was long out of sight, the old woman was turning to leave when her eyes met those of this woman who had just witnessed her final goodbye. They soon found themselves in conversation.

“Why did you say ‘I wish you enough’ to your daughter? What does that mean?”

The old woman shared the origin of her blessing as being something her family had said for generations. As she explained, she paused to remember the entire saying from her past. Her face brightened a little as she remembered and recited:

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Good-bye..”

 

And now from me, Trent Janisch, to you, my dear reader:

I wish you enough… and I pray you notice your moments.

 

© 2014 Trent Janisch – thepoweryouare.com

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