Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Laughter on the Journey

It has been fourteen years since my second chance at life. If you are new to my blog, you can read My Own Epiphany in the sidebar or read last year's updated and edited version, Remembering My Second Chance. I'm much happier with that article.

This day means so much to me! Since my experience, I often struggle with the question of why. Think about the story of the Magi. In their quest to find the Newborn King, they followed a star. Each of us has a star to follow, a purpose, a reason for being. I wonder why I survived. Was it simply to have two more children? Do I have a higher purpose? Why am I here?

Questions. My philosophical self loves them. I don't know how often I ask myself if I'm doing what I'm meant to do. I don't know what I would do if the answer was no! Because at this moment in time, I am content. I love my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my animals. I really do enjoy homeschooling my children and writing my comics and articles. I am amazed at every comment I get, because it means that I touched someone enough that they felt the need to respond. I've been a bit overwhelmed lately and I haven't been able to return the favor to some of you, but I want you all to know that I do appreciate your thoughtful comments.

I think the most important thing I have learned since my attack is not to take my life too seriously. Holding on to anger, worrying excessively, refusing to forgive and let go of past hurts makes it hard to enjoy the little miracles that happen each day. I try to remind myself of this whenever I draw my comics. Sometimes laughter is the only thing that keeps me sane through life's trials. And I say this as one who has fought depression and anxiety.

If I make only one person laugh each day, if I inspire one person to make the most of their gifts, their talents, then I truly am doing what I am meant to do. And I thank you for giving me a purpose.

So follow your star. And as you do, make sure you enjoy the journey.

Peace and Laughter!


Anonymous said...

Happy 2nd Birthday, Tina. Fourteen yers have passed and it's just like like it's now happening. Reed was an excellent student of driving in emergencies. I also thank god that I had had experience working in the ER that we took you. And then, there was that eternal minute when I ran to get a wheel chair, then parked it by the car, opened the car door to get you and you were turning colors out of breath. I lifted you to tranfer you, but the chir rolled back and almost fell on top of you. I don't know where I got strength, but I picked you up from the floorand sat you and ran into the ER screeming: Asthma emergency! I knew that that would mobilize everybody in the ER. Thank God they did. All it took was just about a minute of labor and here you are. Troughout all the episode, all I could think of was about Marina and the mom she was not prepared to miss.
Love you suitee, Dad

Anonymous said...

I do remember reading about your epiphany. And what a beautiful post you wrote today! :-)

Inner Elder said...

I am just so grateful you are still here. And here's one life you've touched in these past 14 years. Love you so much, Mom

Vicki said...

I, too, treasure the fact that you are here. You have blessed my life emensely. Thank you for reminding me to enjoy the laughter along the journey.


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