I start my day with weather reports on the ridiculously early news, and prayer. The dogs get fed and go out. I shower and put on the clothes I have set out for work. I go through my day focused on work (secretarial and bookkeeping, laundry and housecleaning), my family obligations (children and parents, sometimes my sisters), and whether or not I need to use my cane (I leave it in the car, just in case). I may pick up a coffee at McDonalds. Maybe, I check on a friend.
I go through the day focused on day to day activity and responsibility. Except for brief gleeful moments when I look at the retirement count-down – I don’t spend much time thinking about the future.
Yesterday, I got news that an acquaintance and coworker was ill. Seriously ill. The news hit me hard – not because we are close – but because it was so unexpected.
This person leads a busy life. Still working; just a few years older than me. Lovely spouse.
I don’t know why this news hit me so hard. I interact with people in desperate circumstances every day….but this news has given me a new perspective, a fresh appreciation of the importance of the time spent with the people in my life; a different view of what’s truly important; a needed reshuffling of my priorities.