Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Appreciate your Life and all in it.

Last night and today have not been fun times around this house. There seems to be a wicked chest cold and a flu bug going around. I seem to have gotten the better end of the draw with the chest cold. My poor Vi around 3:00am. awoke with the flu. Or I suppose it was the first signs of the flu and has spent most of the night very miserably, alternating between sitting on or kneeling in front of the toilet. Poor Vi, she has been trying to nap this morning but still makes regular dashes to the bath room. I sure hope this is only a 24 hour thing and that my sweet lady is back on her feet soon.

Being forced to just sit and watch a loved one suffer is the hardest thing to do. It gives me a better appreciation of what she must endure, when I am so often throwing up. I am sorry to be putting you through this Vi.

Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling all that good and didn’t do anything giving me lots of time to think. I can almost picture my daughters rolling their eyes at that thought.

I suppose because it is still so fresh in my mind. My thoughts kept wandering back to the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech. My heart and my prayer to out to all involved. I can not even begin to imagine what they are going through. Living in Canada, I wish I could just sit back and say, that is an American problem. Well it is an American problem, but it is also a Canadian problem and when it comes right down to it, it is a problem for every individual on the planet. The Virginia Tech tragedy is only one symptom of the condition of our world today.

How have we become so hardened to our fellow man. Ok, I am not just talking about someone like the shooter at Virginia Tech, I can’t even go there or even begin to understand something like that. Now I am thinking of the rest of the population. The poor families and friends of the victims are suffering beyond belief. There will be millions that are saddened and offer prayers, myself included. But how many more millions or even billions will there be just shrug it off. Maybe offering a quick comment like “Gee that is a shame, got to make you wonder what would make someone do something like that”. The whole issue passed over as little more than merely a little blip on the daily radar screen. This is more what I am thinking of today of being hardened to our fellow man. It is like something has to affect us directly before we give it more than a second thought.

I  have been told I am dying. For quite a while after I first heard this, one of the first thoughts that would cross my mind every morning was, I wonder if today is the day. I wish no one to die but I wish everyone could somehow feel that feeling, the knowing by this time next week my physical self could be nothing more than a memory. It changes your thinking, it makes you really  appreciate life and all those in it. Many will say, hey I appreciate my life and all those in it. My answer to that would be, I am sure you may, but trust me, you don’t appreciate anything as much as you could or should.

If we could all show our appreciation for our life and all those in it. I think this world would be such a wonderful place and I am sure everyone else would share that feeling.

10 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Appreciate your Life and all in it.

  1. Hi Bill,
    I came back toay and I helped your blog stat creep over 50,000. Yipee. Another cause for celebration!
    You are right not to watse any ink on the butcher at VT. We have to remember the wounded, living and innocent dead.

    I hope Vi is feeling better soon.

  2. Catherine says:

    I hope Vi is feeling better soon too.
    I was 50,018!!!!
    Thanks for another great post Bill. I’m thankful!!!!

  3. hudds53 says:

    Hi Martha and Catherine
    Thank you for the good wishes for Vi, I will pass them on to her. She is a little better but still can’t keep anything in her stomach.
    Thank you for contributing to the stats. I was really excited about the 40,000 mark. Somehow this last 10,000 sort of snuck up on me. Now,
    50,000 I am just blown away. so thankful and grateful.

  4. Jo Hart says:

    Hey Bill, Please send my best wishes to Vi and I have prayed to the angels that you all feel better soon.
    I agree with you about what you are saying. The virginian tragedy has played on my mind since it has happened. I work with two young girls 18 and 21 and they mentioned it as a terrible incident and then moved on. Now I am sure that they were saddened but I was also shocked by how they just seem to jump to another topic about what was happening that weekend. Both being lovely girls, I pondered on it, but then me being a parent, I think about all the evils in the world for my girls and I pray that they are never subject to it. I suppose it plays on the elders a little more than the young ones as they always have a party to go to or someother social event happening. When it doesn’t involve the young ones directly they seem to be able to wipe it off as a tragedy a lot quiker than us. I too like yourself think we are hardened, and like you said unless it involves us directly it is to easily just moved on as a passing thought.
    I send all my prayers and thoughts to all involved with the tragedy, and to all the families that lost their loved one that day. My heart goes out to all.

  5. Jo Hart says:

    P.S How quickly you went from 40,000 to 50,000……… Roll on 60,000…….

  6. Allison says:

    Tell Vi I hope she is feeling better soon nothing worse than watching a loved one sick. One time our little son got the stomach flu he was only 8 months old. I was so hard to see. We made him a bed on the floor in the living room and Rick and I laid down on either side of him. We took turns cleaning him and trying to get him to drink some water all night long. The next day I didn’t feel so well and was sick to. The next night around 12:00 am our other son 3 year old jumped in our bed and vomited all over us. Saddly enough Rick was also sick. It was so hard all of us being sick I could barley take care of my self let alone 2 other young boys and my husband. To this day I don’t know how we made it.


  7. mel says:

    Oh geeze…Flu stuff sucks.
    About the only thing that stayed with me–(don’t laugh) Coke.
    I kept that down and it seemed to help with the tummy uckiness.

    Makes ya wonder what’s IN that stuff, huh? 😉

    Congratulations on the 50,000!
    I say we have cake and ice cream when we hit 60,000!
    And balloons!!!

    *sending get well wishes to Vi*

  8. hudds53 says:

    Hey Jo, good to hear from you. I think you hit right on with my message. How so many if not all of us have become so uncaring or hardened to the world as long as it happens to someone else. It is time we make a change. We all have to get together somehow and figure out what changes we as individual can make.
    Will pass on you good wishes to Vi.

  9. hudds53 says:

    Allie, good to hear from you. The time you and Rick had must have been awful. I would take a strong woman like you to get through it.
    My best to all

  10. hudds53 says:

    Mel, coke worked for you well, Vi is going to try it right away. Thanks for the tip.
    You got it, cake and ice cream at 60,000.

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