Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What's Important

"Before choosing the right road to travel, one must figure out what is truly important in life." ~Mama Hen
What is truly important? For some it may take a lifetime to figure out. For others, something profound might happen to shed clarity about what means the most to them. For me, I have known enough sadness and challenges to know what is most important in my life. However, each day is a new day filled with more expectations, responsibilities and unwanted stress. We all have it. And we are all faced with the enormous challenge of how to deal with these annoying distractions. My reminder of what is first, last and most important wakes me up every morning at an early hour. Her bright smile lights the morning and reminds me of what I must focus on throughout the day. Yesterday something very traumatic happened. Little Chick, my mom and I witnessed a friend drop down and have a seizure. I immediately took my daughter away, but she still had the image embedded in her mind. While trying to help this friend and calling 911, I had a myriad of emotions and fear travel through my mind. I saw my Dad and prayed that this poor man would make it through. The police and ambulance came and we all were left sad and traumatized. My mom went with him to the hospital and he started to feel better - Thank You Dear God. I took care of Little Chick and told her that everything would be alright. We have faced many challenges this past year and sadly, Little Chick has dealt with more than her share of loss and trying to figure out how to manage all the emotion that comes with these moments. It is a lot to ask of a four year old. It took me hours to get my heart to stop racing. These moments are reminders of what is most important in all of our lives. Stop! Take a look around. Focus on family, friends, spreading kindness and love. Life has a way of flying by in a blink of an eye.

14 comments:

  1. Awww hugs to all of you! Sometimes we forget what is important in life. I am so guilty of that, I get carried away by my worldly flesh and sometimes prioritize things over what is important. Thanks for sharing this wonderful posts. You are always such an encouragement.

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  2. Oh my goodness! I am glad to hear that he is better, but yes, that is scary, especially for a four year old. Little Chick is lucky to have a Mommy to hear her sadness or confusion and help her process it. Life most certainly hands us unwanted helpings of grief and despair. Those times often make us wonder why. I think when we can rise above it, pray, and hand it over to God, it makes our blessings seem 10 times greater. What a true gift to find beauty and light in the hard times. Thanks for sharing, and reminding us. You are amazing, my friend!

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  3. Hi Mama Hen-
    It definitely took my Dad's passing for me to realize what's important.

    I left you a comment back on my blog. Thanks so much!

    Andrea

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  4. How scary!! I'm glad your friend is okay. Little Chick is a strong little girl, I'm sure she'll be okay!

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  5. Thanks for the follow up.

    email me directly at

    andrea @ eternalmemorycandle.com

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  6. Such a good post, Mama Hen. A good reminder for everyone to stop, to think about the meaning of life and why we're here and what's really important...before it's too late. I am sure that Little Chick will be fine because she has the constant, loving care you give her, and your awareness of how important these things are.

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  7. It's so very clear how much you treasure her!

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  8. Oh, dear Mama Hen! You are such an incredible mommy - and seeing those sparkling eyes of little chick tells me that even with the challenges and scary stff she has had to endure this year, she still has the light and joy for life that YOU have taught her. You are such a special person, dear friend. And I am blessed to know you.

    Thanks, also, for the sweet comment on my blog.these summer months are crazy busy, aren't they? I am the same way - regularly reading, but not often having enough hours in the day to get a comment in. Thanks so much for reaching out to me . . . You have warmed my heart!

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  9. I am so thankful that your friend is ok. Poor Little Chick definitely has had her share of struggles lately but she's lucky to have a mom like you. It's hard sometimes to figure out what the right thing to do for them is since we're also going threw so much emotion. It had to be so scary for her but he's ok now and that's the important thing. It is always important to remember to focus on the things that are important.

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  10. How scary! I'm so glad your friend is ok. Poor Little Chick to have to see something so scary. Life is short, that's for sure. xo

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  11. Oh my goodness, that is a real scare. I'm sorry LC has seen this kind of trauma at her age already. I'm glad your friend ended up feeling better! You're doing amazing to help LC navigate through challenging & confusing emotions. Thanks for the reminder to focus on family, friends, spreading kindness & love. Hope you have a meaningful day!

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  12. Oh no, poor Lil Chick and you guys. Way too much going on in your circle. Glad your friend is okay and hope Lil Chick is okay too. She's lucky to have you. My brother's passing certainly made me realize how precious life is...

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  13. It's so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget what's important. I'm so glad your friend is starting to feel better.

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  14. So true...every day is a gift isn't it. Thanks for helping us remember what is really important in life.

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