Monday, April 23, 2012
Always in Celebration!
I can think of so many captions for this photo. For example...the much used what happens ________stays __________. In our case, what happens at the restaurant stays at the restaurant. I love the moment this photo captures. Friends for a long time sharing a secret or two. We gathered to celebrate this lovely girl's birthday! Along the way of wining and dining we were evacuated from the restaurant due to some type of kitchen mishap/fire. Since we are all capable of making the best of the moment...we continued on in true celebratory fashion including a cute couple, waitstaff and a few hunky firemen.
Life happens. My husband and I have dodged several bullets where our health is concerned...we are ever vigilant and more determined to eat properly, move more and stress less. Some of our friends are undergoing extreme health issues and all we can do is support them with good healing thoughts. Others are experiencing financial difficulties. Us...the husband and I...we have alternated taking three cars to the shop...thank goodness not all at the same time and some are company cars! Our tenants completely trashed the house Carl lived in before we married...it will require costly repairs...this too shall pass. Two friends have had sons rushed to the emergency room on the same day (totally unrelated incidents) one is recovering and the other...still waiting on word of his condition. We pray for good things. I think of my friend, eighteen months a widow and still feeling incomplete and as she says "I feel crippled without him" Another friend seeking a new path since the love of her life has passed. We lose family, friends, loved ones, our health and yet life continues. Amidst the sadness and trials there are babies born (lots) save the date cards accumulating and signifying that two people will begin to share their lives together for better or worse...anniversaries and birthdays to celebrate...milestones of every sort. This life is a testing ground, it is rife with trials and tribulations...it is also full of joy, passion and good will. We each bear different burdens and we each can and should lift each other. Paraphrasing something I once read or heard..."never look down on a person unless you are helping him/her up.
I will adjust to the many changes and challenges around...put my shoulder to the wheel and push on with a happy song in my heart. It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood...celebrate the moment...hug someone...smile lots...revel in gratitude for the many blessings we all experience ! Peace and Love Y'all!!!