what matters most

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Isn’t it lovely when everything comes together?  I’m not talking about toasting your nearest and dearest because years of hard work is finally paying off.  Nor am I referring to popping champagne because a troubling situation has finally been resolved.  

All of that is nice, of course, but lately I’ve find myself grateful when the smallest things align: sunshine on a Saturday, the sun setting on my drive home, or meeting friends for a happy hour than turns into dinner that turns into gelato under the stars.
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You might know that I’ve been visiting the hospital every Monday at 2pm to have my blood monitored.  My doctor recently informed me that I’m cleared to start doing monthly visits, and, if my blood stays infection-free, I’ll be entirely done with monitoring by July.  

My diagnosis makes me incredibly grateful for how my treatment has progressed, and I find my gratitude spilling over for the most simple and ordinary pleasures (bright skies, warm cookies, fresh sheets).
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The surgery and the healing process inspired a period of uncertainty and confusion in my life.  I spent a lot of time considering why everything happened, what it meant for the future, and how best to proceed.  Now, however, I’m beginning see how my struggle helped me refocus on what matters most.  

22 thoughts on “what matters most

  1. Oh the silver lining that finally shines through! I’m so glad to hear that things are improving and that your monitoring will soon get less… what an ordeal… I’m so happy though that it’s made everyday things mean so much more! (and now I feel like baking cookies….)

  2. There seems to be a vibe passing through the blogosphere about focusing on what matters most. Or, my subconscious mind is reminding me of this fact through the various blog choices I have read over the past several days.

    It is so amazing how things just seem to fall into place, not into some materialistic way necessarily. It’s just that there is this unseen feeling of inner peace and gratitude, like you and the universe are walking hand in hand.

    It seems, for me at least, when I have a clear picture in my mind about what matters most, more of those moments seem to occur. And I don’t think it’s coincidence 😉

    Regardless of how much we want to stay in this zone, we sometimes slip out of it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience. It really helps all of us to refocus on what matters most 🙂

  3. I might have missed what happened 😦 But either way, thanks for redirecting us to focus on what matters most!!! Love and the life all around us! Glad you are doing well!

  4. I don’t know why, but I hardly ever think about celebrating the little, good things that happen. We’ve been in such a state of up-in-the-air-ness, but champagne just because? I need to make that happen.

    I’m glad you’re doing better.

  5. Glad to hear good news! I’ve been trying to appreciate the small things more. I love when a short hangout with a friend turns into a night of fun 🙂

  6. Ah! I’m so happy for you. There’s certainly a reason for everything, and I’m so glad that you’ve received good news from the doctor! You’re in my prayers! Praise the good Lord for sunny spring weather, am I right? 🙂

  7. Your attitude and outlook are to be envied! I am happy to hear you are progressing well! And sunshine on a Saturday is always a good thing! Also, in response to your feeling like you see us. I meant to ask you if you were by chance at brunch at Mill Valley Kitchen on April 13 for brunch. I SWEAR I saw you there! It is bound to happen…we should actually just MAKE it happen!

  8. i must have missed what happened too – i hope you are doing okay! i was recently diagnosed with a chronic disease as well which i am on lots of medications for and i’m finally starting to feel better, but i have my days where i feel like crap. so i totally understand focusing on the important things and the things that make you happiest! hope you continue to feel better!!

  9. I am so glad to hear that all is going well and the monitoring will soon be cut back. Blessings all around! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for the little stuff. After all, it’s a whole lot of little stuff that makes up the day. Gotta love that!

  10. I’m pretty new to reading your blog, so I didn’t know about your blood checks at the hospital or your diagnosis. Praying for you and excited that you are cleared to begin going to the hospital less. You have such a good attitude!

    Oh, and gelato under the stars with good friends sounds heavenly!

  11. SO glad to hear the good news!! You’re right—sometimes the worst times end up being okay in the end because you can look back and see how much meaningfulness is infused into every waking moment. Such a good reminder! Hooray for sunshine and cookies! 🙂

  12. Really happy for you. The little things really are such blessings. I think it’s easier to miss them because there are so many little blessings in our daily lives that we overlook – we tend to be grateful for the big things; however, I’ve tried to really be mindful of the little, daily blessings because it makes life so much richer and enjoyable 🙂

  13. I’m so happy to hear about your progress! I always find your posts so encouraging and I read this yesterday and have found myself enjoying the sunshine and laughs so much more since. Thanks for reminding me to enjoy the little things 🙂

  14. It’s fantastic news! I’m happy for you. And celebrating the small beautiful moments in life – that’s my motto as well. I’ve read that it’s a common habit for all the happy people 🙂

  15. THIS IS WONDERFUL! I am so happy to hear this. I always leave your blog in a cheery/happy mood. Your optimism and positive outlook on life is contagious!

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