Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Remember the Small Things
by Sable Grace
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Yesterday, we celebrated the second anniversary of my husbands heart bypass surgery. This was the scariest thing to date that we've had to go through. We've lost loved ones. Buried our parents. Watched our kids grow up to have kids of their own (and yes, that's scary LOL) but nothing comes close to that moment when you go in for a routine test and find out that you're facing a life changing operation.
He doesn't remember much of those days few days he spent in the hospital the two days before his surgery. Or the days of and after for that matter. But he does remember my tears, and my fears, and every year, on the anniversary of his operation, he has me tell him the things he can't remember because he doesn't want to forget what we went through because we never want to be in that place again.
It's the same thing in everyday life. It doesn't matter if they're good times or bad ones. Remembering is the key. It is so easy to forget a challenging time that you've gone through. Sometimes, it's for your own sanity that you let the emotions fade away. Other times it's just life stepping in and those events you swore you'd never forget fade away as new ones take its place.
Even the good times fade away as new events fill the spots in your memory banks. It's those small things that make the big events so special and it's so easy to overlook those. So today, read a rejection letter that gave you the determination to push onward toward that first sale. Or the bad review that motivated you to write a better book because you wanted to prove the critic wrong. Take down the photo album and laugh and cry over the memories you've trapped inside. Don't keep them buried anymore, share them--and yes, even the embarrassing ones--with your spouse, kids, or best friend.
I know, it seems strange for someone to tell you to remember the bad or sad or scary times you've lived through, but here's why you should never forget: How can you appreciate where you are now, and the joys you've been given, if you forgot the stumbles, slips and falls that got you there?
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