Sunday, May 1, 2016
Don't give up. Don't ever give up.
Some of what has been going on with me, some of what I've been trying to say to others with questions about their life...their cancer...their treatment choices ~ brought this beautiful man and his incredible life to my mind again...
Stuart Scott. 1965-2015. Stuart Scott's ESPY Speech
"Our life's journey is about the people that touch us... Don't give up. Don't ever give up. When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live. So live! Live!! Fight like hell! And when you get too tired to fight, then lay down, and rest. And let somebody else fight for you. This whole journey thing - is not a solo venture. This is something that REQUIRES support.” ~Stuart Scott~
Life IS a journey. With ALL the roads, and dead ends, and pit stops, and fabulous scenic routes included. The good, the bad, the ugly. Also the mundane, the funny, the sad. It is the joy of a job well done, the thought of things that one could do better. It is shared experiences and quiet time alone.
Recently, I've worked extra at the office. I've repainted a window sill and back porch railing since the Sucky A$$ painter we hired to do it last year (that would be me!!!) didn't go to the trouble to sand things all the way down as they should have and allow plenty of time between the application of layers for things to dry fully. This time, the painter (that would be me!!) put in a great deal more time and thorough sanding (due to an awesome assistant...B!) so the outcome should be better.
I have been enjoying my yard...both the beauty of the work put in last year (when I managed to propagate the midnight blue irises Trina gave me...to create my own Giverny with the Johnny White beauties I already had) and several years before (when B planted the peonies and Rosie worked to create the bed of roses and azaleas in the front of the house)....
And in that spirit...this is what B has been up to... Clearing trees. Building a box. Hauling dirt....
That's the thing. It will be as it will be. That doesn't mean I don't care. It doesn't mean that I'll stop trying. Don't give up. Don't ever give up!
Do what you love. Make sure the peeps you love know that you do. Do your very best. Then sit down and KNOW that you lived! love, c