Thursday, January 22, 2015

Every heart has a story...

Unfortunately, now that I'm a working girl again, I feel as though I barely have time to breathe, never mind blog.  And now it seems every time I do blog, my posts are kind of gloomy and heavy. I was actually debating whether or not to write this, but then decided that if you don't want to read, you can always just refrain from doing so.  Those of you who choose to stay, thank you for joining me during this "therapy session".  

Social media helps us to connect with so many, and sometimes I find it overwhelming, especially on an emotional level.  It's hard to get away from the reality that life is not always filled with lollipops and rainbows.  Sad stories go viral and my heart starts to feel heavy.  There were two stories this week, in particular, that made my heart physically ache.  One was the sad passing of a 37 year old wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and co-worker.  To me and many others who have heard her name this week or seen a picture of her beautiful face for the first time, she was a complete stranger, a stranger with a story that we somehow feel so connected to. Over 3,500 hundred people have joined the Facebook page in support of turning her hometown pink in her honor and to support her family and friends.   Breast cancer was the culprit in cutting this inspirational woman's life short, but it seems her legacy and all she stood for will continue for years to come.  The pages of her story are still being written.

The other story was that of the 44 year old cardiac surgeon, husband and father of three, with a fourth due in two months.  He was shot and killed at his place of employment.  

Such tragedy.

When I hear stories like these, I feel like I'm getting smacked across the face..."Wake up and live!"

These stories are not mine, but I can't help but feel connected to them.  We are all in this life together, we all have stories, some with more chapters than others, and some with more heartache than many of us could ever imagine. Don't get stuck in past chapters and try not to overthink those chapters yet to be written.  Honor others who are experiencing tremendous heartache by "writing a good chapter", and start today!

“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.”

"So find the love inside yourself, because every heart has a story to tell." 

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