“It is sometimes the mystery of death
that brings one to a consciousness
of the still greater mystery of life.”
– Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm –
I’m in Texas this week with my Dad and my three younger sisters at my mother’s hospital bedside in ICU. Mother is 90 years old, and from her hospital bed, she has been writing her good-byes on sheets of paper on a clipboard – amazingly without looking at pen or paper. Last night she asked for the breathing tube to be removed, understanding that the CO2 level in her blood would rise, causing her to go to sleep and eventually die. We honored her wishes. My dad and I and my three younger sisters were at her bedside. So far she is still with us, but it’s just a matter of how long her body holds on now. We don’t know what will happen from one moment to the next, but we have been reminded over the past few days that each breath is precious.
I haven’t been able to finish the post I meant to send for this week, so I’m duplicating what I posted on my Carry the Calm site. I’ll send an update and regular post next week. Meanwhile, pay deep attention. Breathe in the mystery of life. Breathe out gratitude. Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.
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