A year ago, my friend Jinny Mae received a dreaded diagnosis that was followed by sixth months of intense treatment. Since then, I almost forget she still receives treatment and periodic check-ups because she’s got even more energy and enthusiasm for life than ever.
I was thinking about that as I drove to her home this morning to do some exploring. I was also thinking about my young neighbor, a tween, who received a similar diagnosis this past week and started his own journey through the treatment process, with his family beside him and the entire town behind him.
So, this one is for Jinny Mae and Ky.
Beginning with a dandelion–may you find bright spots along the path.
When stonewalls are placed in front of you, may you pause like the tortoise and then continue your journey in a steadfast manner.
Know that those moments when you must curl up will be followed by . . .
time when you’ll slowly unfurl.
May you eventually feel like spreading your wings again.
May you find beauty even when you’re bogged down,
and delight in most everything within your sight.
May you feel new life flow through your veins,
and embrace tender moments.
May you always be wowed by the little things,
especially those that have been there all along but somehow you missed until now.
At the end of the day, may the hope enveloped within the moon and stars continue to shine upon you.