• Sue Lamoree

Smell the Roses

Life is a journey not a destination-embrace the moment.

Ironically, I didn’t discover (nor would have I understood) this saying until my life’s journey took an abrupt change in direction. After the fear and anger associated with this life-changing event slowed to a simmer, layers of inconsequential “what ifs” and “what could have beens” were stripped away from my vision. I found through my own experience, and that of others, that monumental life-threatening concerns push minor concerns to the back shelf as totally irrelevant allowing a clearer view of the here and now.

Living in the present opens one’s senses to the beauty and blessings surrounding us—the vibrance of a sunset, the smell of a lilac bush, the touch of a gentle breeze on your face or the sound of waves lapping against the shore. Despite the limitations I’m frequently faced with, quite unexpectedly I now have a greater appreciation of the magnificent creation I’m a part of. The abundance of splendor our Father endowed this earth with continuously brings me indescribable joy and pierces my soul.

On my fortieth birthday, I was diagnosed with a condition known as Transverse Myelitis. The life I knew ended that day and a new life gradually unfolded before me. I was terrified!!! Twenty-four years later, at the (repeated) prompting of my husband, I will attempt to chronicle my life’s experiences, in hopes of encouraging others faced with similar circumstances.

In order to stay on-track, motivated and honest I plan to post a weekly exert from each chapter of my journal on my blog. I’m looking to you for nudging, nagging and constant badgering to keep me moving forward. I also, welcome any feedback or comments you’re willing to share.

I’d like to thank Kelly Crowe – blog writer. Her post titled Present Moment inspired me to share my thoughts on the subject and get started on my journal.

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