Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Taking a deep breath

Holidays can be stressful. Thanksgiving was early this year, so the inundation of Christmas music and lights and decorations started a week early.

But I am determined to be at one with it. More this week than ever. In the last three days, we have had THREE friends or family members with weird heart-type stroke issues. One was running a marathon and collapsed, one had a small stroke at home, and one had a mini-stroke symptoms at work. These are young people--two are 38 and one is 47. Various combinations of heart defects, heart blockage, stress, and family history, but all of it is scary. So far, they are all doing well and will hopefully have some answers later this week.

While we're still in the throes of the worry and not knowing all the answers, I'm trying to take the lesson of taking a deep breath, slowing things down, and not getting overwhelmed with birthdays and parties and presents and ridiculous unimportant stuff. I know what's important--it's just easy to let other things cloud my vision.

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