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The Power of a Moment

I was once told that life can be viewed as a series of moments and how we face these moments define who we are.  Sometimes we see moments coming and choose to ignore them believing that their impact will be minimized by simply looking away.  Other times we are blindsided by them and they knock the wind out of us, humble us, and at times bring us terrible anguish and suffering.  When I look back at my own life I find truth in my assessment of moments and have come to not only understand the power of a moment but also to respect it.  Moments can be like a warm summer’s day; bringing joy and comfort to our souls or they can be like a frigid winter’s night, driving us into shelter to seek protection from the elements.  They can change the direction of a life in an instant; for the good or bad depending on the choices we make when they arrive unannounced on our doorsteps.  And it’s these choices that give the moment its power and wonder.

The founders experienced many of these moments leading up to their fight for independence.  The choices they made gave birth to a nation and a new way of thinking that would change the entire world.  For the first time a people came together and decided that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people that protected the unalienable rights of the individual would be established on the face of earth.  It was an experiment that many believed would fail and yet we are still here today because of the choices our founders made when they confronted these moments.  But this post is not about the founders it’s about moments.

I remember the moments in my own life that changed its direction.  I remember when my wife said yes, when I decided to enlist in the military, when my grandfather passed away, when I found out my wife was diagnosed with Lupus, when I was told my father’s cancer was terminal, when I finished my college degree, when I decided to fight for the republic, when I knelt in a field and prayed to God to take my father, and finally the look in my mother’s eyes when he passed away.  I remember all these moments and the power of their impact on my life and the lives of those around me.  This past weekend I collided with another moment; I learned my mother has cancer and without a risky surgery she has less than a year to live.  When I heard these words my body became numb.  I began to page through my mind for the right words to say; as if there are ever any right words to say when a loved one tells you they have a hideous disease that could take their life.

My mother has always been a woman with an unlimited reserve of strength.  She survived a couple close calls in her youth, survived the death of her parents, her grandson, and her beloved husband.  She held my father’s hand as he slipped away from this world and then comforted my brother and me after he was gone.  Her coping abilities are simply remarkable and her strength and love has left an imprint on my heart that will forever remain with me.  She is indeed a rock and I feel blessed in this life for experiencing her love, her joy, her pains, and her strength.   I would not be the man I am without the lessons she taught me in life.  She is my rock, my friend, and my mom.

As a family we have decided to climb this mountain and face these moments that are to be together and I’m confident that no matter what the outcome we will all be stronger for it.  My mother is not afraid, so I’m not afraid.  Once again she has found the strength for not only herself but for her entire family.  This enduring quality in her has brought the family together when the waters of our lives are becoming choppy.  Love will navigate us through these waters and in the end love will carry the day.  This moment will forever change all of us and will define who we are and what we become in this life.

I love you mom with all my heart and soul.

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  • steve January 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Just said a prayer for your family. Very touching post.
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  • […] The Power of a Moment: As a family we have decided to climb this mountain and face these moments that are to be together and I’m confident that no matter what the outcome we will all be stronger for it. My mother is not afraid, so I’m not afraid. Once again she has found the strength for not only herself but for her entire family. This enduring quality in her has brought the family together when the waters of our lives are becoming choppy. Love with navigate us through these waters and in the end love will carry the day. This moment will forever change all of us and will define who we are and what we become in this life. […]

  • Steve Dennis January 22, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    I am so sorry to hear what your family and your mother are now going through. You guys will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Your Mom sounds like a very strong woman, I am sure that will help her in her struggle. Even during this time she is trying to help you guys get through what she is going through, and that tells us quite a bit about the woman she must be.
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  • Randy_G January 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    I asked God to send you and yours a special blessing John.
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  • LD Jackson January 22, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Your Mom sounds like a wonderful woman, John. Even in her illness, she is still the strength in your family. May God be with you and your family in this, a most trying time.
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    • John Carey January 22, 2011 at 6:29 PM

      Thank you Larry. God has always blessed our family with his unconditional love. I know God is always with us.
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  • Maggie@MaggiesNotebook January 22, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    John, your family will stay in my prayers while you fight this battle. What a blessing to have a close family who loves each other and stands against the saddest times together. It’s the most we can ask of our earthly lives. This post is a beautiful tribute to those you love, and especially to your mother.
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    RightHandMan January 22, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    No matter the outcome, knowing that your mother read that last line…that she knows how much you appreciate and love her is more precious and valuable than life itself.

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  • Bunkerville January 23, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    A very moving post. You will be in my thoughts.
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  • Mike January 23, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Prayers are with you and your family. Just went through the same thing, Our Dad passing in June and stepmother two weeks before Christmas. Keep your chin up.

    Mike
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  • Martin January 25, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    I’ll be praying for your family. Given what I have read from you, you must come from good stock. God Bless.