Wednesday, July 23, 2008

mixed bag

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


today was a mixed day   from sad to joy to joy   i learned first thing this morn that someone i knew at church took her life a couple days ago   deep empathy my friend  i know you are at peace now and on to a better life now   i know not the circumstances surrounding all this, but i had only spoken with her last week   much anguish i feel but i must remember life goes on despite our departure   the sun still rises, children continue to play, the wind blows endlessly and we press on with our living   you are loved my friend   you are already missed....

alas after lunch, i strode over to the Coronado mall, the other mall that i didn't work in, but sits closer to me in proximity to my hovel   there a woman grabbed my hand and persisted on pampering me a bit   this skin care stand are those also from Israel   she knows Rafeal, the young man who i worked next to me at the mall (Cottonwood Mall)   she told me he's coming back in October   right now he's at the University going to school, if i understood her english correctly   a bright spot in my day to know how he is doing AND that he's returing here in ABQ in October   i'll be ecstatic to see him   i think of him often although we have not been in touch since he left last January   i just came across his pic on my desk a few days ago   i'm anxious for his return...

then i was off to REI  (Recreational Equipment Inc.)   it's a big outdoor outlet out here in the west at least   i went window shoppin' for a new backpack, hiking boots, stove and other stuff for our Grand Canyon trip   i'll be shopping there soon for new boots, then the other supplies laterz   well the good news is the sales rep i spoke to happens to do the Grand Canyon trail we're going on at least twice a year   he gave me sum great info on the trails and which one was shorter in distance to the bottom  in addition he reminded today that there's another camp ground on the way back out of the canyon in which we could split the hike out in two (i just learned about it yesterday)   sooooo....i called the Grand Canyon info office and see if we could switch our permit for the second night   he also told me more about the two trails down into the canyon   i sent an email to George my hiking buddy who's going with me and i also left him a message on his phone   i really like the idea of breaking the hike out in two   we're just starting to get back into conditioning for the adventure   since this is our first trip down, it may be better to split the trail   but there are other trails to hike while we're actually in the canyon for a day   so right now i'm anxiously waiting for george to call me

Life is so fragile sometimes   one's passing is a reminder to appreciate the moment right NOW....God bless!


ksquester said...

I understand suicide all too much. It runs in our family. My husbands brother, George, took his life in April.  On the other hand, it sounds like your trip to the canyon will be a great one.   Anne

jmorancoyle said...

    I hate hearing about suicide. The last one was when Becki's friend died on New Year's Eve. She was a disturbed little girl. She left a note saying that she didn't want to ruin anyone's New Year's so she went out the day before.  It tears you apart to see who she left behind and just how they're functioning without her. My heart is with you in dealing with this.
    I'm hoping you and George have such a wonderful trip. Just don't forget the photos.

sunnyside46 said...

I am so sorry to hear about the lady at church
she is at peace now
one way to honor her memory is to see as much as you can , love as much as you can and do all the kind things she will not be able to do.