My friends Kurt and Julie are dealing with an incredible challenge right now. Their beautiful daughter was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago. Their lives have turned around, and they find themselves on a most unexpected path.
Julie sends updates regularly. This week, she wrote something that made me catch my breath. The simplicity and wisdom of this one statement is not just – as she remembers – about being homesick. It applies to everything, absolutely everything in our lives. From the death of a pet to losing a job to the illness of a child to waking up each morning.
Here’s what she wrote:
The outpatient clinic is a new experience for us but is a good opportunity to see other families and their children who are in different stages of this process. I was reminded of some advice that I was given when Kurt and I were in South Africa years ago.
A friend told me: “If you start to feel homesick, remember, don’t look back at what you had, but rather look around.” Looking around the 4th floor of Children’s Hospital allows me to appreciate where we are and not pine for where we were a few months ago. It is with that attitude that we try to gear up for our inevitable return to the hospital.
Take a second today to look around and recognize the beauty, the challenge, the glory that is there, right now, right this instant. Then, say Thank You.