Monday, April 9, 2012

The Meaning

Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. . . . What frustrates us and robs our lives of joy is this absence of meaning. . . . Does our being alive matter?
Harold S. Kushner in
"When All You Ever Wanted Isn't Enough"

My cousin who died on Friday suffered from Huntington's Disease just as his father did.  It is a hereditary disease for which there is no cure.  
People talk about surreal moments in their lives.  Sometimes I feel like our entire lives are surreal.
We never know what one day to the next has in store for us.  It is our duty to live each one with gratitude and to constantly count our blessings.

Wishing you a wonderful new week!


crafty cat corner said...

Tammy what a lovely post.

Sometimes its hard to be positive in life but we must be grateful for what we've been given and content with our lot.

A man's wealth lies in the fewness of his wants.

Love to you

Pam said...

Just catching up on your blog. I'm still taking a little break from blogging.

So sorry to hear about your cousin. He was so young.

You have been busy with travels since I last visited. Your short trip sounds wonderful and how lucky that you got to meet a blog friend.

Have a good week.

Yvonne said...

Events such as that can wake us up to reality and bring us closer to the known fact that all of us will die, from something. I believe we are here to love each other and make our little corner of the world as best it can be. I keep a daily gratitude journal writing down just one thing that I'm grateful for in my life. My sympathies go out to you for your loss.

Linda said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. <3

Even as a Christian believer, I've often felt that life is surreal. It is. I mean, we're all floating around on a ball in space and the very reason that we're here is a mystery, as is all of creation. I feel this way more and more all the time, and yet I feel God's presence all the more as well.

Thinking of you and your family in this time of great sadness.
Love, Linda

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Praying for your family in this time of need. It is so inspiring to read the hope and the lesson you want to take from this experience.

My mother spent Easter in the hospital with possible heart issues. She was released today, but it did make me think how fragile life is.

Blessings to you!

Diane said...

I'm so sorry for you and your family Tammy.

It does make you wonder sometimes. But you're right, it is all about being grateful and living your life well. I once read that it's about finishing well. Something to think about. I'm thinking about you and your words. Diane

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

My prayers and heartfelt feeling to you and family at the loss of one of your own. You have written a beautiful post for today. Blessings

Daydream Living said...

Hi Tammy,
You are so right, we don't know what each day will bring, so counting our blessings is what we need to do indeed.
Hope your family will find some strength in this sad time of loosing your cousin.
Take care hon,
Maureen x

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Thank you for this wonderful reminder, Tammy. You are so very right. blessings ~ tanna

Becca said...

So true Tammy. Sorry for your loss.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

Sad moments make us always do some deep soul searching. But we, little human beings, cannot even grasp the meaning of eternity. There is so much un-known yet. The very fact that we grief is showing how deeply we loved one another. May you find the strength for handling this long-distance as we've done so often... Only immigrants do understand this feeling from other immigrants. It is tough. Saying goodbye in itself makes us already die a little bit at a time... Yet, we're never prepared totally.
A tight hug for you and love,


Libbie said...

I am so sorry you lost your cousin...your post is so goes so quick that it is hard to believe what is or has happened. My husband lost his brother a few years ago now & we still can't believe it is real.
Sending you love!!!!

Astri said...

Comforting thoughts being sent your way, Tammy. I am indeed sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about your cousin, Tammy! You are the second person I know who has lost multiple family members to this disease. With all the medical technology today, it is sad that there are still so many things that cannot be fixed.
I know you are working hard to find the good things in each day. I am working to do the same. Thank you for such a lovely post!

Love always,

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

What a touching post! I agree, we all should live each day this way. So sorry for the loss of your cousin.

pembrokeshire lass said...

You are so right...most of us live saying it will be done tomorrow in the future...we need to enjoy the moment...even if it is not the way we would like it! Sorry again about your cousin. Joan

Lorrie said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My cousin's wife's family carries this gene and as a result they chose to adopt instead of having their own children.

You are so right in realizing that we need to live each day to the full, count our blessings and be thankful.

I hope your week is full of comfort and quiet joy.

La Tea Dah said...

My sympathy for the loss of your cousin. I understand your feelings --- that life sometimes seems like a "blip" in the whole scene of the universe. I felt that keenly when my mother passed away.

Love the quote at the beginning of your post. I've read the book --- much food for thought.

Blessings to you today, Tammy.

Sam I Am...... said...

I'm so sorry about your cousin. I've read that book by Harold Kushner too and probably need to re-read it. I'm always asking why I'm still here. I haven't a clue! LOL! At one time I was needed by many but now just my 2 dogs. Although it is nice to rest as I could not do what I used to do anymore and I truly enjoy the peace and solitude. None of us know why we are here but I believe there's a reason even if we don't "get it". I feel like maybe our only responsibility is to be happy within ourselves and the rest will follow. What does a parent want most for their children? Happiness is what I want but of course not at the expense of anyone else. So, if I look at God or source or whatever you might believe in, as a parent then the best thing I can do to make my parent happy is to be happy myself. Some days it's a job but most days it comes naturally and it becomes a habit just like anything else. I truly believe it is our natural state but if we don't live authentic lives then it is much more difficult. To thine own self be true. (Sorry...I'll get off my soapbox now....these are only my opinions and not those of management or the owner of this blog.)

val said...

My condolences to you and your family during this time.

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