It was a long, fun weeknd of music, travel, and friends. Now, I am in Houston. From Baton Rouge to here, I witnessed the mountains of things lining the roadways, soiled and ruined by floodwaters. People are resiliant. They plod along in search of personal restoration, while their things can be replaced, though there is pain in every flood-soaked sofa.
I am in such loving and competent hands! Whole teams of physicians and their staff members, both here in Houston and at home in Meridian, are taking good care of me. Some of those who acknowledged this post are trained professional caregivers; some share CLL with me; some have struggles with other cancers; the rest of you are much loved friends. We all have our struggles, our victories, and our defeats. Ultimately, we all have our liberation from this place of strife to be translated to a place of peace. I will keep that in mind today, tomorrow, and every day. In the meantime, there is great comfort in your kind thoughts and your prayers.
Whether here or at home, when I visit an oncology clinic, I see people who are fighting desperate battles, making mine pale in insignificance. Some fight them alone; I spoke to one at dinner tonight…he was scared, lonely, and confused, embarking as he was on an uncertain journey. He needed an empathetic pair of ears; I just happened to have two good ones I was willing to lend; all it took was a smile and a hello.
That always happens in this place. It can happen everywhere if we simply take the time to acknowledge people. The things that unite us are many, real, and eternal; the things that divide us are few, artificial, and ephemeral. We all benefit from freshly polished lenses; they help us to see clearly; they let more light in; they let more light out.
We are all embarked on an uncertain journey, and parts of it we must all make alone. There is no condition, no fear, and no joy but such as is common to all mankind.
I am so thankful for my many, many blessings. Truly, my cup runneth over. Oh, my, at the good days I have had!! Yesterday was one. Today is one. Tomorrow will be another! 🙂