The other night I heard a guy say that he was complacent in hearing a friend's plea for help. His friend ended up dying by his own hand. It reminded me of a time about 14 years ago when I was receiving calls from an acquaintance who struggled with various addictions. She was a hot mess. I let her calls go to voicemail because I didn't feel equipped to help her. She eventually committed suicide.
Truth is, the best way sometimes to help is to listen. I needed to hear that guy's story to be reminded that I should be listening carefully to those around me.
TAKE AWAY: Simply listen. Don't judge. Be fearless.
Hubby and I have both been sick the last couple of days. Exact same hacking cough, general tiredness and upset stomachs. Flu, I'm guessing. Today, we were like twins coughing simultaneously. I had to laugh because if we felt any worse, I'm not sure who would take care of us.
Criminy sakes, it has been a long time since I've posted here. I started this blog in September, 2011 with the intention of it being a 365 day project. I'm not giving up. I still have take aways to write about. This morning I read through a few of them I have written here and I'm not sorry I started this project.
So, last week my son sent me two boxes of photos and a few other old items that his dad had mailed him. His dad and I divorced over 14 years ago and I left those things behind. What a treat to get them back. Of the many treasures is a cook book I had put together of old family recipes. I was greatly surprised to get it back. Happy surprised!
SURPRISES: I think I'll divide up some of the old photos
that are of relatives that might like to have them. I'll send
them in a card. I'll bet they'll love the surprise as much
as I did last week. It's never too late to surprise people.
Our air conditioner hit the skids last weekend and we had a couple of days this week with no cool air while the temps outside rose to 100 and continue to climb. We didn't panic. Lots of people in our area do not have a/c. Some people in Yuma, Arizona, where we used to live, located only 8 miles from hell, don't have a/c. We knew we were not gonna die. Be uncomfortable? Yes. So what? We were. Uncomfortable, that is. But, not horribly. After the sun went down, we opened the windows, started the fans and it got comfortable.
I just finished a month long A to Z Blogging Challenge. I started out thinking it was going to be a breeze but turns out it was more time consuming than I thought. I had to continually be looking ahead and thinking of something new to write. I am one who must have a photo in my blog posts so it was fun to go into my archives as well as shoot new pics for some visual aid. Bottom line is I posted every letter of the alphabet even though some days I thought I should just quit.
I'm participating in an A to Z Blogging Challenge for the month of April. Frankly, I'm over it but I need to finish what I started. Today's letter is O. Short of writing about oatmeal cookies, I went back into my archives and found a title that started with an O, copied and pasted it for my post today. While doing that, I realized starting a blog was the best thing I've done in a long time. I love going back and reading about all the adventures in my life. I only wish I had started recording it sooner.