Why do I look so happy???
TRUE…I had the best peaches EVER from this 3 year old tree. BUT is because this is my last peach?
NOPE! It is because my wife is writing an addendum to my book! I can’t believe the book is almost 6 years old and A LOT has happened since we published that book. I don’t want to spoil the sequel, but I WILL tell you 2 things that I am proud of.
First: one of most successful things I accomplished in my 62 years:
I know it isn’t much…but it is a picture of what true determination really is. I stopped worrying about having the biggest house or having the coolest car. When my life was taken away from me, I looked at what was really important: my wife, my kids and my beautiful granddaughter.
I had the honor of speaking at a fundraiser for Wilderness Journey Ministries this weekend. They do the wonderful work of helping families and loved ones communicate effectively and lovingly when a life-threatening diagnosis is received. I love their slogan: “Helping families face a life-threatening illness holding Christ’s hand.”
It seems a bit surreal sometimes to be the person offering perspective and encouragement to others in need. It just wasn’t that long ago when I was the one in need. I am so happy to offer hope by being an example of successful, ongoing recovery. With each story of not-so-successful recovery, I am reminded how important The Team is! No one recovers alone.
Hearing stories of families who needed a terminal illness to finally learn how to talk about the important things was an eye-opener. I guess we put off those important discussions because we assume there is always tomorrow so why rush it? Every story included the realization that having the important conversations brought them closer and they were sorry they waited so long. Good lesson to learn.