Sometimes, the feelings that we keep hidden deep inside, are set free by unexpectant glimmers and moments. For me, those feelings were released in a tangible way while I was grocery shopping a few days before Easter.
I have always especially loved Easter for what it means to me spiritually, and also for the traditions that were shared with me by my parents and family. I have attempted to pass those same traditions to my sons and their families, however, they do not hold Easter and traditions as close to their hearts as I have and still do…meaning that I was trying to celebrate Easter in a new way…without sharing Easter Mass, Easter baskets, flowers, colored eggs or a special Easter Dinner with our whole family. It is a time of change for me, and I am working on what that truly means.
So… I needed to pick up some groceries, and when I enterd the store, I was overcome with the beauty of all the flowers that were being displayed for Easter/Spring. Of course I LOVE flowers, and started to make my way up and down the displays…admiring the beauty. As I was taking in the joy of all those arrangements, I was overcome with emotion.
I don’t have my mom anymore, to buy flowers for. I no longer have my mother in law to buy flowers for. And now I don’t have my sister, who was also like a mother to me, to buy flowers for.
In that one moment, such sadness welled up inside of me, that it was hard to leave that spot and keep on going.
Now, Mothers Day is on its way, and there will be no cards for me to send, and no flowers to buy. The three women who were there for me, and who I loved immensely are just gone. They live in my heart, however, they are no longer there for me to show love and gratitude for all the ways that they impacted my life.
The older I get, the more I realize that the most important things in this world are love and relationships. Actually, when I think of it, they are the ONLY important things in this world, because love and relationships are the pieces of ourelves that we leave to the world when we die.
Everything else disappears from reality when the ones you love are taken from you.
Be aware of the “loves” in your life. Share your time and your heart with them. Take the time to bring happiness into their lives. Flowers and love are meant to be shared during life…don’t put off and wait to bring joy to others. Do it now.
We never know what tomorrow will bring, or how long we will have with those that we love and that love us.
Reach out now…
To those that are close to you, and also to all those that may need an extra little gift of love to get through their day. We all know of or come across many through our day to day life, that are suffering inside, due to loneliness. Reach out now…while you still have the opportunity.
May God bless all of us, and open our eyes to the needs of others. We are all here for eachother…let’s find ways to lighten the burdens that are kept well hidden within the hearts of so many.