Archive for July, 2010

Today is a Gift, Have a happy Day!

July 26, 2010
Linda Johnson GriffithAugust 8, 1955-July 8, 2010

Linda Johnson Griffith, August 8, 1955-July 8, 2010

It has been almost a month since my last post. Hard to believe life can change so much in just a few short days. My last post was a considerable contemplation on the subject of death and living in the present. It was quite a serendipitous post as it happens. On July 2nd my sister Linda who is 2 years younger than I, was hospitalized for severe kidney failure and liver damage. She survived  one week and passed on from this existence on July 8th, exactly one month before her 55th birthday. Another sister, Lisa and I were with her for that week and at her side as her soul left for it’s next big adventure.

Linda was one of those people that always had a positive thing to say and I will never forget the many mornings she would call me to wish me a happy day and to remind me how everyday was a gift. Life was not easy for Linda, but that did not stop her from giving whatever she could to make others lives a little better. She could always give a compliment or a word of encouragement to everyone she met, no matter who they were. I remember her in the hospital constantly finding something joyful to share with the nurses and doctors that came to tend to her. As she rode around in a wheelchair on the fourth of July, she wished everyone a happy Independence Day and wanted to hear all about the festivities and parades that others had attended.

So now my sister Linda is gone. She had been a birthday present on my 2nd birthday and we had spent birthdays almost every year together since then. Birthdays will never be the same, nor will any other day for that matter. I will miss her positive and joyful calls. Her sillyness and made-up words and stories and poetry. I will also miss her never ending belief in me as an artist and business woman. She believed in me, as I too believed in her. My lesson in this is truly to allow others into my world.  We are here for such a short time and there is no requirement that we have to do it all ourselves. We are all in this together and that is the way it is supposed to be.

So I guess this is one of those life changing experiences. What is in my future, I do not know yet. Life is unfolding this Summer and I will just have to participate and be present in each moment as much as I can. Every day is a gift and we must appreciate it enjoy it, and cherish it. Wasting it is not allowed. Because today will never come again.

Be at peace my dear sister