Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Putting It All Into Perspective

It's so easy to count your many "trials" and to begin focusing on them rather than all of the blessings that you and your family might have.  After weeks and weeks of optimism, I slipped and began to get overwhelmed by my many impending doctor's appointments, imminent therapy sessions, paperwork, and other possible birth defects that may occur.  It was just so easy to slip into that "woe is me" hat and begin focusing on how hard life may be in the future. 

Easy, that is, until you get that fateful phone call that your loved one has cancer.  All of the sudden, I was ripped back into reality.  Wait a second.  My life isn't so bad after all!  I'd often told myself that the big "C" was the one thing I, as a mother couldn't handle.  And now MY MOTHER had it! 

  • How blessed I am that I've had
    Monte and Barbara Cady, after Barbara was diagnosed with cancer
    Monte and Barbara Cady
    my mother in my life all of these years, and that she has been in my children's lives.
  • How blessed I am that they caught it and were able to operate.  That the Doctors are doing what they can to take good care of her.
  • How blessed I am that we live today rather than in pioneer days when cancer would never have been caught and she would have most likely died a slow and painful death.
  • How blessed I am that I have the gospel in my life, and the perspective it brings to a crisis such as this.  To know that there is a plan and that Heavenly Father knows our family, our family's needs, and is watching over us in our times of trial.
  • How blessed am I that I have a husband who loves and supports me and will be there for me whenever I need him - in sickness in health.  In happiness and pain.  He's got my back.
  • How blessed am I that I have children who are healthy, intelligent, happy, and still (cross my fingers) like me!
...and the list goes on. 

I am truly blessed.  Of that I am sure.  Family and the gospel are paramount in my life.  And everything else is just....stuff - designed by Satan to overwhelm and discourage me.  I'm bound and determined to take things one day at a time, and at times, one MINUTE at a time.  For if I forget about the blessings in my life, I will have forgotten what life was all about..and what a waste that would be.

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