Living Fully Present - 05/21/14

  Every day, even the mundane ones--- Even the 5 degree, dreary winter ones---  Even the manic Mondays--- EVERY DAY is a gift.
  Some times in the hustle and bustle of life we forget this.  I was guilty as charged until attending a celebration this past Saturday for an abbreviated, but well-lived life.
   My friend's daughter had a very short battle with cancer.  Lauren Ashley Williams was only 27.  A beautiful spirit, inside and out, with loads of talent bursting at the seams.  Lauren was diagnosed with a small cell, rare, little known cancer last fall while she was in New York pursuing her dream of acting.  She was doing so well there, finding every opportunity and getting recognized for her God given ability.  
     She was so determined to reach her goals, she was going to ride the Subway to her day long chemo treatments for days on end.  Her parents convinced her to come back home to Nashville for treatments so they could help her. 
   I think back to where I was at 27.  Just getting married.  Lauren doesn't get to. Into my 30's, I was reaching career milestones.  Lauren doesn't get to.  Mid 30's--- I was blessed with children.  Lauren doesn't get to. 
   A day or so before she was moved to hospice, the doctor told her there was nothing more they could do.  Lauren gracefully said, "Well, that's your opinion.  I'm going to keep fighting."  Her fight for life should remind us all to appreciate ours. 
    Lauren had true grit.  Lauren had dreams.  Lauren had determination.  Lauren was living fully present, not just some days--- every day.
    I challenge you, and myself, to walk in Lauren's footsteps and pick up where she left off. 
      

 

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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- Ruby Holt has seen a lot in her more than 100 years. But one thing she never saw was the ocean -- at least not until this month. Holt got a chance to go to the beach, visiting the Gulf coast in Alabama. The trip was made possible by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, where Holt lives in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Wish of a Lifetime organization. Holt says she had always heard about how wonderful the ocean is and wanted to see for herself. She got a chance to walk across the white sand with a little help and dip her feet into the cool Gulf waters. Holt turns 101 Dec. 13.

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