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posted 12/10/2007 11:09:28 AM |
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I don’t comment on many blogs; I write even fewer. That being said, I am moved today to just jot down a few thoughts on life and the season we are now in….that one between Thanksgiving and Christmas when we sometimes take the time to be thankful for those gifts we do have…or should take the time.

Here’s the deal. I was diagnosed with Shingles a week ago. I have found out that Shingles are about as painful as anything I’ve ever experienced. I have also found out that the pain lingers up to six weeks – or more, or so I have been told to expect by my doc. Meds really don’t touch it. Right now, I can’t stand. I can’t sit. I can’t lie down. And I have been feeling pretty damn sorry for myself the last few days.

I'm beginning to think God affords us the opportunity for these 'little
ailments' from time to time as a reminder that our focus has been off and
it's time for a readjustment. Perhaps it's meant as a gentle nudge to slow
down and consider the important things... In my case, it might be as simple
as a reminder that no matter how uncomfortable or difficult the situation in
which I find myself, I don't have to look far to find someone worse off and
should spend more effort remembering what I have and for which I should be
truly grateful. My 37 year old neighbor and good friend Mike,
for example. On Friday, he had his right leg amputated just below the knee
as a result of a bone infection that they could not cure. He called me last
night - HE CALLED ME - from his hospital bed just because he was worried
about my back pain and wanted ME to know that HE was thinking about ME! If
there isn't a little lesson in there for me....

I look out the window. Right now, I see a world of white. The world around me looks clean and pure, at least for the moment. I have shelter, food, heat, people who love me, clean clothes to wear. There are many who don’t. I hope all who read this during this busiest of seasons find the time to slow down, get away from the hustle and bustle, and spend just a few moments reflecting on just how blessed he or she really is.

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Dec 10 @ 1:04PM  
You've probably already gotten a few "I'm sorry for what you're going through" I'll TRY to do one different and congratulate you on having a wonderful friend such as Mike....friends like that are truly special.

And thanks for a wonderful blog.

Dec 10 @ 1:50PM  
My mom had shingles and said the pain was excruciating. I'm so sorry.

God bless you!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Dec 10 @ 1:53PM  
Great blog! Sorta makes you sit back and think.....or it did ME anyhow. Brought tears to this tired old woman's eyes, and for that, I thank you and give you kudos!!

Have a wonderful holiday season, I hope that you and your neighbor see brighter days ahead soon!


Dec 10 @ 2:49PM  
Great blog Scott; would love to see you write more.

Dec 10 @ 3:49PM  
Great story.
I do hope You’re feeling better. Shingles can happen at any age my son got his first and hopefully only bout of them when he was just 16 years old. Be sure a take care of yourself.
Also try to take good care of such a wonderful friend as Mike!

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