Perspective on a pulling tickets

Recently my good friend lost her Mom. Her mom had successfully battled breast cancer, and won, but then suffered an allergic reaction to one of the drugs. It wasn’t caught early enough and compromised her lungs to a point of no return. It’s a really crappy thing and such a horrible experience. I cannot imagine. At her mom’s tribute, my friend gave the most beautiful speech, focusing on all the “lucky tickets” that her Mom did pull, through her life, and how her light touched so many people – the work she did to improve the lives of all that she interacted with. It was a beautiful event and I’m so impressed with my friend’s strength, grace, and compassion. She’s an inspiration and clearly learned from the best, in her mother.

At her mom’s tribute, my friend gave the most beautiful speech, focusing on all the “lucky tickets” that her Mom did pull, through her life, and how her light touched so many people – the work she did to improve the lives of all that she interacted with. It was a beautiful event and I’m so impressed with my friend’s strength, grace, and compassion. She’s an inspiration and clearly learned from the best, in her mother. I was amazed at her compassion & positivity on pulling the golden lucky tickets, instead of the horrible bad draw she received with both a cancer diagnosis followed by the allergic drug reaction.

Hug your people, everyone. I feel like we’re all barely hanging on and life changes so fast. As a Mom, I feel so much stress as humanity seems to be under attack these days. People are hurting, unnecessarily, due to the selfish acts of individuals. It’s bad enough that we have natural disasters to rebuild from and horrible diseases to battle. We don’t need to be terrorized by humans. I saw a post on FB that I’ll loosely paraphrase here as I can’t remember the source or exact quote – “as a little girl, I never expected that all the really evil monsters would be human.”

This has stuck with me the past days. I wish we could all stop this madness, and focus on being kind, empathetic and inclusive – on making people’s lives better, instead of worse. I’m so saddened that our children are seemingly growing up in a world filled with hate, violence, and senseless loss. We can do better by them. We need to do better for us all.

 

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