Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Life Reminders...

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family."  ~ Anthony Brandt

I want to begin by thanking everyone for your thoughts, prayers, calls, comments and e-mails.  It means a lot.  I am lucky to be surrounded by such kindness.

I spent last week in Cincinnati doing whatever I could to help in an extremely traumatic situation. As you know, my sister and her children were hit by a drunk driver.  I believe life is about being aware and learning not only from our own mistakes but those around us.   

There is nothing that can prepare you for seeing your loved ones in broken in pieces to remind you of what is important in life and why we are all here.  These are several reminders that gave me pause last week.

Life is delicate.  One moment you can be laughing and dancing.  The next moment you can run out for a gallon of milk and not be able to stand.  Cherish each day and try to brush off the little things. In the end, they really are so unimportant.  

We are all in this journey together.  Everyone has a story. Hospitals are filled with extreme emotions of joy, pain, grief and happiness.  If you take a moment to hear a stranger's story, you may feel grateful for your own.  You may also feel closer to another human.  Isn't that why we are here?

Your Higher Power is always present and waiting patiently for you to ask for what you need.  I prayed every night for the strength and calm to give support, love and help. My prayers were answered each night.  

Each tiny victory is a pebble that eventually becomes a mountain.  On my last day, my sister called me and sounded happy for the first time in a week.  The physical therapist had come in and allowed her to sit up.  This small achievement made Heather's day and helped her to feel more like herself.  This lesson applies to everything in life.  Never...ever...give..up.

Attitude and perception are everything.  While it is important to allow yourself to feel the trauma and sadness, you must also look for the silver lining.  It is always there but might be hiding behind that cloud of fear.  They have a long road to recovery but will live to see tomorrow and that is amazing.

Be grateful for those in your life.  They will feel that gratitude and love through your energy and actions.  I thank God for my abundant blessings.  Thank you, Andrew, for calmly rearranging your schedule, booking my flight and generally making it easy to get to them quickly.  I love you.  Thank you, Mom, for being the rock that you always are.  You always think of the tiniest detail to bring comfort to someone in need.  I don't know what we would do without you.  

Tomorrow is a new day full of healing and possibility.  While Heather must learn to walk again, she can take these many months to begin anew and create the life she wants when she is released. She had mentioned that she was thinking of going back to school to become a nurse's aide.  She would be great at it and it would change her life greatly.  See.....silver lining. ;-)

Tell your family you love them.  You can't say it enough.

Have the best day ever!


  1. Beautifully written. I'm so sorry that this happened and hope the best for your family.

    1. Thank you, Charisa. That is so sweet. They have a tough road ahead but they are alive and that's what is most important.

  2. Oh, Lisa! I am so terribly sorry to hear this... From the looks of that car, it appears your family is lucky to be alive. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers, and thank you for the reminder of just how fragile and precious life is.

    The Glam Pad

    1. Thank you, Andrea. The fact that my sister put on her seat belt (which she never wore) a few moments before the crash is an absolute miracle. My family is trying to remember that each day and move forward with helping them to recover. :-)


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