Life is a Gift – Not So Fast, Make it Last!

Photo: Kim Turner at Heart of American DanceSport 2017, receiving her Top Teacher Award

Life is a Gift

“Can I pick you up at four on Friday?” I text a caretaker friend. My cell phone beeps, she was hospitalized last night, blood clots in both lungs. She is only fifty. How can it be? Could that be me?

Cherish the moment, enjoy each day.
What a blessing it is to wake up and play.
Smile, be grateful, love and laugh.
Life is a gift. Not so fast. Make it last.

A call last night, it’s family far away. We will have to get together soon, I say. His job is a nightmare, it is killing him, he says –  each work day feels like a month off his life. The stress, the stress. How can it be?  Wish I could take some of his burden on me.

Cherish the moment, enjoy each day.
What a blessing it is to wake up and play.
Smile, be grateful, love and laugh.
Life is a gift. Not so fast. Make it last.

Read a post on Facebook, a dancing friend says she is doing better. Awaiting lab results today from the mass doctors took out of her colon the other day. We shared the dance floor just a few weeks ago. How can it be?   Wait and see.  That could be me!

Cherish the moment, enjoy each day.
What a blessing it is to wake up and play.
Smile, be grateful, love and laugh.
Life is a gift. Not so fast. Make it last.

Friends and family in harm’s way. Hurricane Harvey overpowers Texas. I look out the window, it stormed last night. A few branches down, lightning zapped my microwave. What a hassle, such a pain. But, nothing like in a hurricane. How can it be? How would I cope if the flood reached me?

Cherish the moment, enjoy each day.
What a blessing it is to wake up and play.
Smile, be grateful, love and laugh.
Life is a gift. Not so fast. Make it last.

Life Dedication:

This post was written in the moment.  As my readers know, I have not posted much lately.  But, this post is dedicated to Kim Turner, a wonderful and dedicated professional dancer and dance teacher.  She almost always has a smile on her face.

Kim received her diagnosis and posts: “The results are that it is stage 4 colon cancer and has spread to the diaphragm and liver……I was emotionally drained and just slept for a while. And woke up needing a pain pill then decided to walk the whole floor came back and made up my mind I’m a fighter and I will win….. I believe we will get through this one step and day at a time!”  

Unfortunately, Kim’s medical insurance is already exhausted. To contribute to fundraising on her behalf, contact Tara at 913-221-4430 of   Melange Dance Studios who is organizing fundraising efforts on her behalf (along with many other dance venues in the Kansas City area).  And, consider coming out for a great fundraising dance on her behalf, click here for details. Above all, please pray for her!

 

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