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Isn't this lady just beautiful? I find them now and again - such an oddity and yet so perfectly formed as is all of creation. She was hanging out under our deck railing and would turn her head just so whenever I brought the camera close.
Some folks in my town have been hit with life changing events in the last few weeks.
One man, who frequents my work, fell off his truck hitting his head on the pavement. He has a large family and a new baby. An avid outdoorsman and hard worker from what I've been told... he also now no longer has the frontal lobe of his brain. I'm not sure what that means for him... I've been told the frontal lobe controls movement of arms, legs, and such... but does not greatly affect mental function. I can only imagine that if I were his wife I would be so grateful my husband was still with me.
One lady, a single mom with a 3 year old little blond girl and a job as a waitress, was in a car accident. She is now paralyzed with no use of her arms or legs. I do not know what her future will hold but I can only imagine that if I were her daughter I would be so grateful that my mom was still with me.
Two families, including one husband/wife in their 60's/70's, in one of the poorest neighborhoods of our town found their homes up in flames after somebodies illegal burn barrel fire sent sparks into the overgrown grasses. The homes and buildings are burned to the ground leaving charred remains and smoke damaged homes standing on either side. The people are poor... they were burning insulation off of copper wire so that it could be sold for a higher price. If I were them I would just be so grateful that nobody died.
I read a blog post a few days ago... about being kind to others as everyone has some kind of heartache. The post was touching... the comment section was moving - comment after comment of people sharing their heartache.
Hearing the things that my neighbors, friends, and strangers are going through makes the daily inconveniences... the minor annoyances.... the little challenges of life all so insignificant.
These events remind me to be grateful, truly grateful, for life.
And in the depths of the biggest challenges... the life changing challenges... I hope all are given grace and kindness and love from those around them. That they might find the pieces of positive in the midst of the difficulty - rays of hope to be grateful for.