Monday, February 18, 2008

"Makes Me Smile" Monday

I really wasn't sure what I was going to put on the ol' blog for today's post. Then I got a call at work today from one of my favorite patients . . . he was calling to let us know that his wife had passed away on Friday. Only 60 years old and married for 40 years, she had battled cancer for less than a year, and had gone unexpectedly after picking up an infection that would have never phased a healthy person.

In the grand scheme of things, I didn't know them particularly well. They started coming to our office shortly after I started working there, so we were basically new together. They'd both been in for a lot of treatment over the past few years, and dealt primarily with me for all the fun insurance, financial, and scheduling issues . . . I knew them as well as a dental office manager can !!! But I teared up when I heard about her passing, and it was hard to see this broken-hearted husband at the funeral home tonite.

It just left me feeling so thankful for life . . . . for my life. For all the small things that I take for granted every day . . . . . my health, my senses, my family, my husband, my ability to work, my salvation, my furry boys, my home . . . . the list can go on forever, because I have so much to be thankful for. So easily I become restless and frustrated with my life, and with issues that seem enormous . . . . job satisfaction, fertility issues, even my appearance and decorating my home !!! But it doesn't matter. I have the gift of life, and life eternal, and I should be living daily in celebration and with thanksgiving.

Happy Monday !
Hoping that you, too, are giving thanks today for the
beautiful life we've been given !


Anonymous said...

We only come face to face with our appreciation of life when we see the reality of death and how quickly and unexpectedly it can come. May we show those that we love how important they are to us while we can. May we show the love of Jesus as only we "His children" can. Our hope, our joy, why our "very breath" is from Him.

Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

What a lovely post, Melissa.

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