Okay, don’t laugh…but this fall-loving-hails-from-New-England-and-loves-holiday-traditions girl has never done a corn maze!
Perhaps I took them for granted when I lived back on the east coast. And living so far away from everything means we just stayed home all the time. But recently, David shifted his days off to include Saturdays so that we could partake in more seasonal festivities and so that we could both truly take a full day off (as trying to take a mid-week day off for me was tricky with my supplies shop where people expect same day service).
As you know, we’ve had to deal with a death in the family recently. That always gives you pause about living a meaningful life. Telling loved ones how you feel. Focusing on what’s important.
But then we were caught off guard with a pretty big health scare in our little family when we got back from the funeral (won’t go into details at this time, perhaps later when we’re 100% in the clear). The initial shock, followed by fear and the unknown that comes with waiting for results to come back really reminds you not to take loved ones for granted.
It just so happens that on my way back from CT on Sept. 1st, I picked up the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch at an airport bookstore. If you’re not familiar, it’s about the last lecture given by university professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer. The book (which follows his lecture) is about the lessons he learned in life and the wisdom he wished to impart (particularly to his children). It’s a bestseller and I’ve wanted to read it for a couple years, but the fact that I came across it just a couple weeks ago, followed by the passing of my father-in-law, then a health scare? I’ve said it many times before – there are no coincidences in life. It was perfectly timed.
You just never know what’s around the corner, what life will deal you, when your time is up. So don’t waste time or energy on the negative stuff or people in your life. Instead, focus it on those you love and truly value! Make the most of your limited time on this Earth. Have more fun, spend time laughing and treasure silly moments!
Please don’t worry, everything is okay for now…perhaps the universe was giving us a gentle reminder to not take life, love, health, or time on this Earth for granted. And we’re heeding the message. And filling up our calendar with fun activities to build memories with.
And focusing on positive outcomes.