Last week a friend had a routine medical exam performed on her. This week she has informed me that a mass was found. A biopsy was done. The news: not good. She will have surgery early next week and to quote her, “Only after they do biopsies on the nodes will I know if I have dodged this bullet.” Wow, what a difference a day makes. A seemingly healthy and vibrant woman who is beautiful and kind; a wife, mom, friend, business owner and contributing member of society is given a wake up call. In an instant everything changes. The calendar is cleared of all engagements except for a surgery that will hopefully extract this unwanted mass of angry and destructive cells from the body that currently houses them.
Heaven got one hell of a horse today. Named after the cowboy who once owned him, McCourt found a quiet corner early Saturday morning, gently laid down and left us. He was a stoic kind of guy until you put him under a saddle and then he became a machine. He had a deep voice and wasn’t afraid to use it, especially when he was hungry. He was attentive and fiercely protective. I will miss this fella…a lot! A horse will teach you a lot if you let them. McCourt taught me about love. Horses never lie about love. When you give a horse what he needs he will give you his heart in return.
“Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu Have you ever noticed as you drive through neighborhoods that people’s garages are packed with “stuff”? So much stuff that they can’t fit even one car into their two car garage. Once upon a time all those things were thought to be needed or wanted enough to be purchased, carted home, used in some fashion and then eventually demoted to a dark corner or high shelf in the garage next to some other expired treasure. Instead of being given away, donated to charity or sold at a “garage sale”, these items were kept because someone would surely use them one day. And yet months, years and decades go by and all that happens to these things is they become good friends with dust and cobwebs and more boxes of things. I invite you to willfully let go of the clutter in your life.