Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Choosing to focus on the positive…

 

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Last night I got every parent’s scariest text message. Here’s a screen shot of what I saw as I was getting ready to go out for the evening.

It was a text message from Patrick.

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My cell phone

First of all I should tell you that Patrick is fine. A little shaken up, but not physically injured.

And the second thing I’ll share is the little Life lesson I learned in a flash of a moment. Do you mind? Because it seems rather important to slow down and focus on these kinds of jolting moments after they pass, mostly because I never fail to discover some kernel of wisdom left behind in the aftermath.

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Today I’ve been reminded of how easy it is to take things for granted.

Patrick’s brush with danger last night was really a startling reminder of how precious Life truly is when it’s downright ordinary. When our days are filled with simple details like writing grocery lists and winding ribbon around Christmas garland.

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I was reminded that Life is actually an incredulous joyride when we can go about our day swaddled in the warm, reassuring knowledge that those we love are safe.

I was reminded that feeling strong and healthy and having a job and the ability to pay for medical insurance are fabulous blessings that rain down on most of us everyday, like shiny stardust from the heavens.

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Only it’s easy to overlook the basic stuff when we keep such a busy pace.

I was reminded how much I love and admire my husband, because he’s my calm and steady rock during unsettling times.

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And I was reminded how important it is to choose the positive path whenever you come to a tough fork in the road. I’ve learned that this is crucial. It’s the one thing we can have control over when Life is sending us turbulent winds. We can be determined to focus our eyesight on the positive.

This is what we did last night when we got ready for bed. After the last long-distance phone call was over, Mr. Moss and I both took a deep breath and sat a moment in the quiet room. And we agreed that it could have been so much worse.

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In the end, we were thankful that Patrick wasn’t hurt. That there wasn’t a passenger in the car. That there wasn’t another car involved. That we have good auto insurance. That we’re members of an tow service that will tow his car to a repair shop. That he has an amazing support system of friends who will get him to school during this last week of classes. The list goes on and on without too much thinking.

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But it always ends in this.

Patrick is OK.

That’s really all that matters in the end. And everything else fades into inconsequential blurriness.

Today I’ve been reminded that happiness is ultimately a choice. And today our proverbial cup is gloriously full.

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It seems that Christmas came early at our house. Sigh.

How about you. What’s going on in your world?

 

Blessings,

xoxo

Leslie

I’m linking up here:

http://elizabethandco.blogspot.com/2012/12/be-inspired-features-and-link-party-49.html

 

13 comments:

simone antoniazzi said...

Phew, I am so glad that your son is safe & unharmed....I imagine that it was a pretty scary time for you though, how awful.

Sometimes a little perspective is a good thing though and I can see from your beautifully written post that you absolutely appreciate that.

Thinking of you XX

Bethany Lee said...

I'm so glad that your son is okay! I had a recent experience that made me think about these same things. (My experience didn't end happily, but it definitely made me think.)

Catherine Robinson said...

Beautiful post Leslie...thank goodness your son is okay...your heartfelt message resonates with me...I am grateful for every day...it's taken me awhile to appreciate the simple things in life...but now I understand they are not only the simple things but the most important.
You write so beautifully...I'm in awe.
Catherine
xx

AntiqueChase said...

that sounds so scary. glad he is okay!! good reminder to slow down and look around at all the goodness.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh Leslie, I am so glad that Patrick is okay. And I wholeheartedly agree - happiness is a choice. I try really hard tolook at the positives and not dwell on the negatives. And I am thankful every single day that my family is safe and well. There is a line in one of my favorite songs that goes, "we're all just one phone call from our knees". And gosh, that is so true. We need to cherish every single moment, including the ones that maybe aren't quite so perfect. ... I know that when you see Patrick, you will hug him a little tighter! And I'm sending a hug your way too, just because!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

So glad he is ok! Stuff like that does tend to make us sit up and notice just what is really important in life huh?!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Leslie

I am so happy Patrick is fine. I feel the same why as you do. Life is precious and we should be grateful for every moments. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs,

Vanessa

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

You poor mother...so scary. Thank God he is ok. Your words are uplifting. Best wishes.

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

Very glad your son is fine. These moments are my life's greatest fears and I think it is right to take stock and be grateful. There was a time when I was doing it every night. Best Christmas wishes to you and family xxcatinitaly

Pam said...

Beautiful post. I am so glad that Patrick is OK.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Leslie, This a beautifully written post and I am glad your son is okay. Take care. xx, Sherry

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

Glad Patrick is okay! What a scary moment to receive that text! It is in those scary near death experiences that really cause you to stop and think. Never a desired event but the change in your heart that happens is an amazing thing.

frenchhensnest said...

Leslie, so glad that Patrick is okay!

hugs,
Linda

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