Or...The Dragon takes it one bird at a time
We have a bit of a morbid subject today, but it can also be viewed as uplifting. I've written far too many sympathy notes in my day. Too many people have lost loved ones. This morning, I sent a note to a friend I met online a couple years ago. Her husband has passed on, and it broke my heart to hear it. But the little message I shared with her is a story that my lovely artist friend Megan Kissinger shared with me once, and I wanted to post it here so everyone could find comfort in it...so everyone could use it.
(I've edited in some info about last summer that I didn't feel was appropriate to put in Charlee's note this morning, but you visitors might need for context. I'm not trying to be trite in comparing my "life issues" to a person's loss.)
"I'll tell you something that a friend of mine told me when I was just starting my cancer treatments last summer. There were too many other 'life issues' going on at the time...a prolonged divorce, a house foreclosure, a landlord's foreclosure, various lawsuits, a search and move to a new apartment (the list goes on)...and I was pretty stressed out. So my friend told me that she'd read a book in which a boy had procrastinated doing a school report on all the state birds. He had to write a report about 50 birds in one night and he was stressed about it. The boy's father came into his room, assessed the problem, and said he'd help him and they'd just take it 'one bird at a time.' By tackling the report one bird at a time, it didn't look so overwhelming. And throughout the summer and fall, every time things got overwhelming, I'd think of that story...just tackle things one bird at a time."
My point with this story is that we all get hit with the "crap o' life" at times. We can get overwhelmed by it. God knows I had a moment one morning when a court officer came to the apartment with a stack of foreclosure documents for my landlord...but they included my name and required a response from me. (I was able to so easily pull my hair out...bwuahahahaha) Seriously, though, we can let these things crush us...or we can work at them one bird at a time.
"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
Tags: sympathy, foreclosure, landlord