These last few days have brought me to a new and remembered understanding of this statement.
I remember the moment of falling several years ago while holding a dear child and choosing -- in that moment -- to fall backward. I broke my glasses and bruised my back, but the child was unhurt.
This last Thursday, my daughter fell down some stairs. She was carrying one-year-old Leda. She chose to fall backwards in the moment of falling. Leda is unhurt. Rachel broke one ankle and sprained the other badly. The surgery went well (two hours instead of one), but for the next three months Rachel will be relatively immobile.
So I begin by revising Karen's statement slightly.
"This moment is what I have, and it is enough."
It is enough for me to say to my daughter that I can be here for you, at this moment.
My writing goals may not be met this round for ROW80 and for myself, but that's OK. Just thinking about what I can do here and now to help her, I have renewed energy and will persevere. For the coming week by next Sunday, my goals are even simpler.
1. Cherish each moment.
2. Do some writing every day.
3. Continue exercising for mental health x3.
4. Check in ROW80 x10.
May your writing week go well.
|Rachel and me in 2011|