She Will Be Remembered!
I received a very sad phone call last night - one of my quilting friends passed away suddenly earlier this week. I'll spare you the details because they are not significant however since the phone call and subsequent phone calls I placed to tell other friends of her passing I've had many, many thoughts run through my mind. The last time we were together we were sitting around a table at a quilting retreat in late February laughing, laughing, laughing, and laughing. I don't remember what we were laughing about but I do remember we were very happy and relaxed. A great memory to have of my friend.
I hope that you'll indulge me this post. I'll start with the old cliche "life is too short" - how often do we forget that life is definitely too short and we never know what will happen in the next minute or two. As I've gotten older (but not necessarily wiser) I have tried to live a much simpler way of life - trying to treat others as I want to be treated; trying to find joy every day; trying to be kinder and gentler to my loved ones; trying to avoid those that just want to inflict pain, physically and mentally and so on. I had two situations this week that make my friend's passing even more significant - I was told that I was too happy and therefore annoying and I was called a b---h (this because something wasn't available that someone wanted). I don't understand how being happy can be annoying but I guess that's not my problem, is it? And, why is it my fault that something isn't available - I didn't deserve to be called an ugly name. These are things that happened in my everyday life. And, in my blogging world I've also experienced meanness - I've received e-mails regarding the fact that I seem to be void of originality and seem to copy what everyone else is doing; there's no excuse for my having a ton of quilt tops (aka flimsies) that aren't quilted; there's no excuse for the fact that I have lots and lots of quilts all over my home. Why do these things matter to anyone? How are these things affecting someone else's world? Sharing and finding joy is what life should be about.
This all brings me full circle to "life is too short" and "live and let live" - it's so important to be kind to those around you and live your life in a peaceful manner.
There's a new star in the sky and "she" will be remembered.