I wrote this blog on Sunday, March 15, 2020, after all the school's in our county closed. If you are on social media then you know the posts have varied from humorous, dramatic, fear-filled, and the toilet paper ones are in a group all their own. In the face of crisis and tragedy, how do you respond?
I was raised in a family who, for the most part, used humor as their medicine. If you've attended calling hours for a member of my family, the laughter and story telling might have made you feel uncomfortable but for us, this is how we cope. For the most part, we try to keep the ugly crying and depression behind closed doors. It's not that we are wearing a mask, instead, we have learned over time that it's easier to laugh and remember our loved ones when we are surrounded by others with a mutual love and respect for the deceased.
What would happen if we never took time in our life to make those memories? What if we collected things, instead of moments. The only thing we would have are tears and regrets. I choose to live in the moment and make memories. As I parent and teach, I strive to leave a legacy. I want others to know it's possible to smile, laugh, and enjoy life in spite of the struggles or challenges the world might throw in one's direction.
I don't know what your personal struggle is today, but as a world and community, recent events have most people focusing on the memory making and the moments, not the things. As you say your prayers today, thank God for the moments you were able to experience and share with others. Thank God for the breath in your lungs, whether it is weak or healthy. As long as you have breath in your lungs, God has a plan and mission for you, I hope you are able to see the journey before you and share the moment and memories with everyone you meet.
What is your favorite moment so far this week?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323