Sunday, February 14, 2010
DAY 627 - Day 526 in Recovery Paradise
I was never into keeping a diary when I was younger [or a dairy either]. This blog is the closest thing I've ever done to logging my thoughts on a regular basis. A year ago, in 2009, I only posted twice. I had gone back to work part time and was tired a lot. It is much better now, but have been anxious a bit anticipating my 1.5 year post treatment CTScan on the 17th.
Being Valentine Day today, I am reflecting on the love in my home and with my family. My goal since being diagnosed, is to make sure that those around me know that I care about them and my love does not go unspoken or unshown. We have all heard the heartfelt cry of people in the news that lost a loved one and lament that they didn't get a chance to say "I love you" one more time.
My cancer wake-up call has provided me the unique gift of awareness to remind me of the necessity of keeping all your bridges in good repair.
We are in the midst of my daughter's [and her friends] Valentine Day party as we speak. Lily the hampster is in a pink roll-around ball [attached to a leash], there are red flowers, and pink petals strewn everywhere, with pink heart-shaped sugar cookies and pizza on Valentine plates and a Valentine treasure hunt to ensue in a few minutes. I am the coordinator of the treasure hunt.
I arranged for a quartet of ladies from the Sacramento Women's Choral Society to deliver chocolates, a Valentine card and sing a couple of love songs "A cappela" at Lise's office on Friday. I was very excited to pull something off that was non-traditional that would be a total surprise. It was going well until Lise woke up with a sore throat Friday morning and announced she was going to call in sick and not go to work!
"Oh, Baby - You HAVE to go to work today!" was the only thing I could think of to say. After much struggling to keep the secret as well as keep the surprise on course, we compromised [after lots of questions about why I was insistent upon a sick person trudging off to work] with "Just be at your desk by 2:00pm and trust me."
Although it wasn't a total surprise, the event went well. Lise knew something was happening, but not what. The ladies were great, I hear, and even sang an encore. Their style is 40's ballads. They perform at just about all my monthly evening business mixers I coordinate for the Metro Chamber. When they did the Andrew sisters "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" at one of my events last year, they brought down the house.
It doesn't take much to deliver the "picture" that is worth a thousand words [although a thousand words is pretty easy for me..ha] to those that mean the most. I am lucky, I have a sense of urgency that provides many more opportunities to sweat the small stuff and deliver the picture of how much everyone means to me.
A great quote I enjoy is: "The difference between winning and losing, is your level of commitment to doing a thousand little things right. Sweat the small stuff."
"Everyday, show your family how much you love them with your words, with your touch, and with your thoughtfulness."...H. Jackson Brown, Jr.