Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Plea For Help

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always working on some project, some event, some charity cause.  Volunteer work is in my blood, and even my jobs have always been in the helping field.  Someone at an old job once lectured me about all my efforts, telling me that I couldn’t save the world.  I told her that wouldn’t stop me from trying!

The truth is, though, she was right.  Alone, I can’t save the world.  None of us can.  But when we work together for a common goal, there’s no limit to what we can do.  So this is my plea to all of you – to join me in my efforts, to help support the cause.

RIP Dad ... we will always miss you
Eighteen years ago, my mom was diagnosed with cancer.  She was lucky – it was in her thyroid, so they did surgery and radiation, and with medication, she’s doing great.  My father-in-law was not so lucky: lung cancer a year and a half ago (though he'd quit smoking decades earlier).  My cousin lost her 20-year battle with multiple myeloma, leaving behind a teenage son and husband who spent his life caring for her – even through his own cancer diagnosis and treatment.  And the list goes on: friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors who have gotten the dreaded diagnosis.  Some succumbed to the disease, but will live forever in our hearts.  Some have overcome, and stand strong to show the world that there is hope.

There is hope.  We can make a difference.   

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Never Say Never

I'll never do that again. We've all said it ... we may have even meant it at the time ... and we all had our reasons.  But then ... well ... life happens, and there we are again.  Right where we said we'd never be, doing what we said we'd never do.  But this time it's different.

This time, I'm not referring to the typical never again scenario.  I didn't get drunk last night, so I'm not sitting with a hangover swearing off alcohol.  I didn't eat so much that I made myself sick.  I didn't get an awful haircut or fall while trying to do a crazy skateboard stunt. 

No ... this time it's more complicated than that.  When I did it before, I thought it was a good thing ... and a lot of good did come out of it ... but then things changed, and as it turned out it wasn't really so good for me to continue.  (Remember, it's ok to quit when something's not right for you anymore.)  And then things changed again ... quite a few times, actually. So now perhaps things have come full circle, and I ended up back there again.