Friday, March 19, 2010

Looking for balance and perspective

I think it's just as important to take stock of the stressful events in life as the ones we are grateful for.  Not to whine, but simply to respect one's lived experiences and be able to move forward.

In the past 6 months:

--We returned from a trip to central Asia to find that our upstairs shower leaked, causing $30,000 damage to multiple rooms in our home.  Damage that is still not completely repaired.

--I helped my elderly parents move into an assisted living/life care facility

--I had an emergency appendectomy

--More home chaos--the skylight in our bathroom is leaking (unrelated to the earlier damage)

--After 10 inches of rain last weekend, our basement was flooded

Taken individually, none of these are really catastrophic.  Annoying, frustrating, inconvenient, or sad, yes.  But one after another in a short span of time and I'm pretty well spent, emotionally.

And I need to return to Florida to help spell my sister in caring for our parents, as they deal with some acute medical issues.

I'm recounting these issues here, not to start a pity party, but just by way of acknowledging that life is challenging.  I am coping and I am grateful for the love and support from my friends and family.

Please bear with me if my head explodes, or I collapse into hysterical laughter now and again.

Looking for an utterly boring Spring. . .

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