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Reality Strikes Again

Why is it that a crisis helps guide us back to what is important? We all like to stay in those safe periods when we know exactly what is expected of us. The problem with that is we tend to get caught up in the business of our daily duties. Therefore we often lose track of what is truly important.

I recently had a wake-up call when my mom suffered a heart attack. My parents were in the midst of downsizing and moving to a smaller home when this occurred. Moving is never a stress-free undertaking, but after my mom’s heart attack it seemed liked a piece of cake.

Our family is close, but unfortunately like most families we get caught up with day-to-day life. So when this occurred we joined together and did what families should do, stay focused on what really matters … spending quality time with people we love. When you really think about it, getting caught up with an unrealistic, frantic schedule is just not that important.  

One thing I have learned in life is that the people we love are not always going to be available to us. Take time to remember the important people in your lives. The good news is my mom is doing well. We are still in the process of moving my parents and it has definitely not been easy, but now that I know my mom is okay…the move does not seem so bad.

Julie Struthers, AWP Volunteer

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