Last night the writing class I teach turned into a conversation class. We spent most of the evening talking rather than writing. (I am just going to consider it part of the prewriting stage.) For some reason we got on the subject of accidents. One student, a beautiful young gal in her early thirties told about a severe car accident that left her in physical therapy for over a year. As she wrapped up the story she had a big smile, as she always does, and said it wasn’t a bad thing because now she appreciates life so much more.
I just sat gazing at my student as she finished her story. I wanted to totally absorb her attitude and make sure it had a permanent place in my memory. I have experienced a rough couple of years with rheumatoid arthritis, and like my student, I feel it hasn’t been a bad thing. No matter what life throws at us, there is always good surrounding us. There is always something new to look forward to.
Enjoy your day!
6 thoughts on “Appreciating Life”
This was just the reminder I needed today 🙂 Your strength and optimism continue to bowl me over and I'm so glad you're my friend
This is so true, Cathy. There's nothing like adversity to help us better appreciate gentler times. Thanks for sharing this story with us. :o)
I appreciate this today and thank you for the gentle reminder. Yes, I feel God's presence is always with me-surrounding me in His loving care.
God has blessed me. Thank you for being a friend.
Thanks for that Cathy. I've had a bit of a rough week but your post has made me remember to enjoy the good parts. And there were many of those. 🙂
What does kill us makes us stronger. Living with RA and fibromyalgia, I am a lot stronger, a lot wiser and much more grateful than I was a few years ago. I think change is imminent with chronic illness; we just have to try to make it positive.
What a wonderful reminder. It sounds like you have some very inspiring students!