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estatic Hello, everyone.  I've been away for a while.  Perhaps you will remember me.  My husband decided to go on employment so he could rest  ... Ah, yes, ring a bell?.  

Well, during these four months of my husband resting, life came at me hard.  My oldest daughter started suffering seizures; my father became seriously ill and almost died, my company laid off 75% of my staff and over 300 employees - I'm grateful I survived both cuts; two best friends are seriously ill and this past Thursday, during throat surgery, my husband almost died.  Thankfully, he is much better but must change his life style in order to survive.  Yes, it has been a rough 4 months, but compared to so many others, I'm grateful for all that I've learned.  

This is what I learned ...  

I've learned ...
To let go of the anger, hurt and pain – it serves no purpose but to make you bitter and angry;
To accept that my life isn't even remotely close to what I hoped for, but that's alright;
It is only up to me to make ME happy;
That almost 30 years away from your old school buddies, doesn't diminish your love for them;
There ARE people who are just cruel and do want to hurt you no matter what you do or say;
That you must forgive these people but you must let them go from your life;
The power of prayer works;
That seeing an "ex" down on his luck does not feel as good as I thought it would;
That I miss my little girl sleeping next to me even though I couldn't wait for that day to come;
After seeing Obama elected President of the US, that anything IS possible in this country;
That I can never carry a gun , after cooking 25 chicken cutlets and 3 dozen Christmas cookies, only to have my family eat most of the cookies and cutlets while I was busy doing the laundry and now I have to buy and cook more;
That God never gives us more than we can handle. Obviously*, God thinks I'm Hercules*;
The power of a woman is unmatched;
That multitasking is freakin' exhausting;
That the co-worker that stabs you in the back is really just very insecure and I must learn to keep my mouth shut;
That I have laundry elves that deposit ungodly amounts of laundry in my laundry room while I sleep;
That I HATE laundry ;
That having your husband anounce he's going on partial unemployment because he needs a "rest" is NOT grounds for divorce (hard to believe but it's not on the books – LOL);
That nothing else matters when you child suddenly becomes very ill and the best doctors can't find what the cause is;
That it is better to give than to receive, but receiving is pretty cool too ;
That the kindness of strangers is amazing;
That I need to let go of the past and reach for the future;
To stop complaining about all of the above and more after seeing a child with no arms or legs rejoice at the snowflakes tickling her nose as her father "danced" with her while in her wheel chair around the Rockefeller Christmas tree ;
That I have the power to make a difference, EVERYDAY, and I WILL



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