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Saturday, May 27, 2006

I get it now.

Yesterday I prayed that I would have a good day. Today I prayed that the children I helped care for, would survive. Today I prayed that God would extend His mercy and grace onto the lives that have only known cancer.

Yesterday I worked out, in a vain attempt to become thin and “beautiful.” Today my heart hurt for the 200 pound boy, whose mother referred to him as various foods as we rolled him in a blanket to transfer him to a chair. Today I worked out to become strong and healthy, to take care of my body so that I can continue to care for others.

Yesterday I worried about getting my statistics course finished. Today I sat with a seventeen year old boy who worried about finishing high school. Today I reprioritized the important things in life.

Yesterday I looked out my window and wondered if my life would ever mean something more. Today I watched a father stand in his robe looking out the sixth story window—a prisoner, bound by disease and multiple IV lines—wondering if his life would ever be something more. Today I claimed that my life would have meaning and purpose, that my feet would go the distance and that my hands would consciously touch others.

Yesterday I complained.
Today I listened.


Blogger aunt kim said...

O.M.G. Aimee, you summed it all up! We need to stop looking at what we don't have and focus on what we do! A very hard task to accomplish sometimes as we are all caught up in the materialistic world we live in today but a very honest look at the reality of it. Thank you for writing this beautiful summary of your day. If anything, I feel that those who read it will begin to cherish who they are and maybe, just maybe stop trying to be something or someone that they are not!

9:49 AM  
Blogger ♥ joleen ♥ said...

Thank you.

12:19 PM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

this is such a wonderful reminder to keep our hearts open to life and to let our days shape us and change us.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Joyce B. said...

A very nice post. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful and move to enjoy life.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Joleen's Mom said...

Aimee, your writing is so eloquent. Thank you for sharing your innermost thoughts with us. Today, you made me stop and think. Thank you....

8:35 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Very powerful and moving.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the most beautiful blog postings I've ever read. Thank you for this.

Susan Carley Oliver

11:18 AM  

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