“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.” -Paul Coelho
This week was tough. Unfortunately we found out that our friend’s 4 year old son drowned last week in their neighborhood pool. This heartbreaking tragedy struck such a chord inside me due to the fact that there is a pool in our yard, and that we know so many children who are around that same age. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about sweet Will since I heard the news.
In this time of despair my friends have managed to act with grace and courage, donating Will’s organs to save the lives of 4 people. Their selflessness is an incredible inspiration to me. As unfortunate as it is, gratitude comes the easiest in times of sorrow. Beyond my gratitude for having the privilege of knowing such incredibly brave people, here’s what else I’m feeling grateful for this week.
1. In addition to this overwhelming sorrow, there have been other tough points throughout the week. On Thursday I went to Val’s house, and instead of rehashing everything that was weighing me down, we sat on the floor and read books with Fiona. I held 7 week old Sydney while she slept, and we laughed about old stories, and how silly Fiona looks in this romper I bought for her. I’m so grateful for tiny smiles, laughs, and being able to see a miniature perspective on the world that is free from hate crimes, senseless tragedies, lawsuits, bills and all the adult pressures that grind on us on a daily basis. For just one afternoon, I was able to forget it all and remember that what really matters is silly voices, tickles, and sisterly hugs.
2. There are few things more gratifying to me than being challenged, rising to the occasion, and producing work that I’m incredibly proud of. Lately I’ve been inundated with project requests that have me really stretching my limits. I’m grateful for the opportunity to improve and learn.
3. The universe seems to know that June is winding down, and our traditional “June gloom” here in San Diego is making way for sunnier days, pleasant breezes, and those perfect temperatures that we’re known for. Summer has arrived this week, and I’m looking forward to long, lazy days. My soul needs the sunshine right about now.
This weekend I ask that you take a moment to forget your stresses and smile. Hug the ones you love. Really feel the sun on your face, or listen to the rhythm of the rain. Moments are fleeting, and you’ll miss them if you don’t stop to look.