July 4th. A fun summer holiday. A day off work for most. (Oddly our trash collection just came — what’s up with that?!) Traditions. Family. Friends. It feels different this year. At first I thought it was because it falls midweek and we don’t have any big plans. But no that’s not it. It’s different this year, because I’m different this year. Instead of thinking about barbecues, fireworks or even our forefathers… I find myself heavy hearted for others who also look at it differently.
Life events have a way of marking time. For example, this is the first 4th of July as husband and wife, OR the first 4th living in this new city, or the first 4th spending it with friends and not with my family.
Holidays through the lens of a storm
When you’re walking through a storm, holidays hit you differently. If you’re in the midst of treatment, they can be a frustrating disruption because your services are interrupted, the doctor you need is on vacation, or therapies don’t happen as usual. Some will face Independence day as the first holiday they celebrate as a new widow, or a divorced mom, or with the patriarch of her family obviously missing. Some will face the holiday wondering if it will be their last July 4th because of their advancing illness.
On this independence day, celebrate BIG. Enjoy everything you love about this day. Parades, watermelon, fireworks, family. Those of us who see it differently would want that. After you think of the men and women in uniform who sacrificed for us to enjoy the freedoms we do…. Take another moment to pray for those you know who may be hit hardest.
I pray for Cathy, Teresa, Bill and Rita. I pray for Kristin, Sandy, Katie and Larry. I pray for Julie, Tina, Jake and David. And I pray for Brian, Riley, Robert and Karl.
Lens of Perspective
That’s it! I’m different this year, because my perspective is different this year. Crisis, tragedy, and unfortunate life events cost us a lot! But for us survivors, they leave behind a precious gift. The gift of perspective. Through the lens of perspective life is more precious and love is more urgent. Through the lens of perspective what really matters becomes crystal clear.
Happy 4th of July! Debbie Hucke