One brave thing


He said: "I was in my early forties,
"With a lot of life before me,
"An' a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
"I spent most of the next days,
"Looking at the x-rays,
"An' talking 'bout the options an' talkin’ ‘bout sweet time."
I asked him when it sank in,
That this might really be the real end?
How’s it hit you when you get that kind of news?
Man whatcha do?

An' he said: "I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
"I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
"And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
"And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying."
An' he said: "Some day, I hope you get the chance,
"To live like you were dyin'."

He said "I was finally the husband,
"That most the time I wasn’t.
"An' I became a friend a friend would like to have.
"And all of a sudden goin' fishin’,
"Wasn’t such an imposition,
"And I went three times that year I lost my Dad.
"Well, I finally read the Good Book,
"And I took a good long hard look,
"At what I'd do if I could do it all again,

Like tomorrow was a gift,
And you got eternity,
To think about what you’d do with it.
An' what did you do with it?
An' what can I do with it?
An' what would I do with it?

An' he said: "Some day, I hope you get the chance,
"To live like you were dyin'."
~Tim McGraw~


I hear it all the time - gasps of horror at the fun things of life. I remain thankful that I've got the perspective of cancer. Every moment precious and every moment an opportunity. Because I feel this way, it's been twice as hard for me as I recover. I want to tend my kids and do fun thing with my kids, but it overwhelms me.

Someday soon I'll be ready to go to go fishing on the spur of the moment, I'll be a better mom and a better wife. 

Do me a favor today: pick one small thing to be courageous in, something that brings you or others joy.