Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Yet another reminder that life is short

After work today I went and got a massage. I love the Butterfly Day Spa and Mary gives such great massages. It felt so good especially as sore as I've been since the accident. As I was lying there I was thinking about how a week ago I could have easily died. I wondered how I had impacted others' lives this week. Had I spoken an encouraging word? Had I done something thoughtful for someone? I wondered what opportunities I missed because I was busy thinking of myself. I was challenged and reminded once again to live each moment to the fullest, to live in the moment, to not take one second on this earth for granted.

When I was done with my massage I went to the store and came home and put something in the microwave for dinner. Then I took a bowl of lettuce and a couple baby carrots back to feed Barnabas. He was lying in his cage very lethargic. I set the lettuce down and picked him up and put him on the floor. He immediately laid back down, he couldn't stand up. I got his towel and wrapped him in it and held him in my arms. I called a friend who I knew could put him down for me as I couldn't afford to take him to the vet. I then called my friend Mark. He and his wife Michelle are huge animal lovers and I knew they'd understand how I was feeling. We talked a few minutes and he reminded me what a good life I had given Barnabas. I was encouraged by that... knowing that he was a very loved and spoiled bunny. He made my life better and I made his better. My friend whose husband was going to put him down for me called me back. As I was talking to her Barnabas took his last breath in my arms.

Life is short... what will you do with yours today?

R.I.P. Barnabas... May 2001 - March 8, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New start, take 2!

Well, last week I determined to get back in my routine of getting back to the gym on a regular basis. My plan was to go every day after work and walk 2 miles. Monday was good and I was feeling great. Then I had the accident on Tuesday. I did make it to the gym again Wednesday, although it took me 43 minutes to walk 2 miles. Thursday I was busy running around test driving a new car, returning my rental, and buying a new car. Friday a friend and I went to my truck to get everything out of it, get the plates, and I had my counseling appointment. By the time I was done with all of that I was exhausted. Saturday I thought I might go to the gym, but a friend wanted to go to Des Moines to do some shopping. I am pretty sure I got much more than 2 miles in walking the length of Jordan Creek Mall and Valley West Mall twice. I was beat when we got done. I am still pretty sore and I am sure it will take a while until I can run again, but I am going to get to the gym this week and do 2 miles every day.