I like wrapping presents but find even more enjoyment in watching others open them. Gifts come in different sizes, shapes and styles. Each present is hidden with paper and ribbon that was inspired by the gift-giver. Some are wrapped to perfection while others are wrapped simply, but all are wrapped with love. My dad does not open a present without giving it a full inspection. He analyzes it, shakes it and tries to guess what’s inside. Sometimes I camouflage his presents by putting them in a different shaped box in an attempt to fool him, but not much gets past that man. Finally I say, “Come on dad, just open it!”
Even though I encourage my dad to hurry up and open his gifts, I secretly enjoy watching him resemble a little boy with enjoyment of holding a gift in his hands. Just like presents, I believe that people try and “rip” through life so fast that they are either living in the future or the past only to betray the moment. I find myself slowing down only when my health forces me to and unfortunately this year has gone by at an exceptionally slow pace.
I have been reminded that in a split second our world can be turned upside down and we can be stripped from our normal routine. I started the new year of 2013 in good health, spirits and with a promising year ahead. The year unfolded with a couple of hospital stays, life-altering health issues, many tests, procedures, unable to work, and the inability to do things that I love.
The times I am forced to slow down are the times that I learn and grow the most as a woman. My husband taught me that I live my life extraordinarily, because it is either extraordinarily beautiful or extraordinarily challenging, but never normal. I learned that my body is mysterious and also miraculous because of its ability to withstand so much suffering and continue to bounce back. I remain faithful that I will continue to battle each health hurdle with courage and strength. I have a newfound respect for all of the health paperwork that my parents dealt with when I was young, because some days the paperwork and phone calls seemed more frustrating than the pain. Patients must have patience. Also, our minds are our powerhouse. Mental strength is imperative. Through it all I have remained sane and hopeful because of love. Love from my parents, family, friends and most importantly my husband, dear sweet Noah. It is awe-inspiring how much love, compassion, support and patience Noah showers me with. When a new health issue arises and it feels as though a gigantic wave is about to smack me down, Noah is right there to hold my hand. His love transforms that intimidating wave into a smooth, fun one that the two of us just float right over. No matter what, I am rich in life for I am rich in love.
“When we’re going through our life it seems so random and chaotic, but then at some point further down the proverbial road those same events begin to read like a great novel, where each chapter segues naturally to the next.”
I hope this holiday season you are able to wrap your arms around the ones you love. As you reflect on this year and envision the New Year, I hope you will join me with looking at it as a gift. A gift that holds excitement of the unknown that the year will bring. The package contains the opportunity for fresh starts, new beginnings and limitless opportunities. It will unwrap differently for all of us. Some years are better than others. Some bring us unwanted challenges, while others bring us joyous surprises. Instead of guessing what 2014 may bring, I will not betray the moment by living in the future or the past. I will enjoy each healthy day and look forward to what’s to come. I wish you all the very best. I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday. Here’s to a New Year full of good health, great happiness and fun adventures. Cheers to the gift of life!