6.23.2008

Friends Matter

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." ~Marcus Aurelius

After a busy, stressful weekend, it's nice to be able to stop and realize what a gift my life really is. Despite the worries [Mark's continuing mysterious, nasty illness is what's on my mind in the 'worries' category], the busy-ness [yup, the play. You know what I'm talking about -- and I'm here to tell you that it's going to get worse before it gets better], the day-to-day issues of keeping the Primary staffed and running, and just life in general [I include still-aching feet in that one], it's a blessing to remember that life is wonderful.

It is a gift to be alive and it is a privilege. Friends help make it all worthwhile. And that's you.

I'm hoping we can all realize how important we are to those around us. Here's to a happy week!

16 comments:

Wendy said...

Thanks for the great quote! Everyday really is a blessing and friends do help! I learned that since my brother and dad passed away. Both of them were so fast that it really makes you appreciate how everyday is a gift that we're given! Have a happy day! Rest your feet!

TexAng said...

I'm so glad I've had the opportunity to work with you and get a glimpse at how wonderful you are. Thank you so much for all that you do for our play, you've saved us! Just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated. Have a great day!

Christina said...

(((Jan))) I hope things with Mark improve soon. You are so right- life is a gift, and friends are the icing on the cake.

Jori said...

I hope Mark feels better soon! I am praying for you guys.

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

you are such a wonderful person Jan...I love your thoughtfulness and general kindness towards everyone!! You seriously lift me, every time I read your blog!! I love you!

Shelley said...

I have always loved that quote, especially where it comes to represent people in my life. I am so so so thankful to know people. ALL kids of people, and for them to know and love me is such a blessing! Thanks for your post Jan!

MiaKatia said...

You are so sweet Jan and I am glad that my Pops could be a little bright spot in your day. He is a great guy :) You are a great friend too Jan. Hugs!

Natalie Scott said...

Is this summer turning out to be a crazy one or WHAT!? You are in my prayers every day, Jan. I really hope Mark gets healing and feeling better soon. And the play? just about 6 more weeks to go, right? It'll go by quickly, hopefully, and then a big phew and pat on the back will be in order :)

Phogles said...

we're going to keep Uncle Mark in our prayers...keep us posted!

100 Percent Cottam said...

nicely said, mama!

Ashley said...

i wish i could be as grateful when i wake up in the morning as that quote suggests. it truly is a precious privilege to be alive. thanks for this post!

Cammie said...

Great quote, as always. Is your husband doing any better? I've been thinking about you guys all week.

Marilee said...

I love that quote in your blog picture. It is so true!!!

You sure seem to have a good perspective on things and a positive attitude to boot!!

Hope you are still coming up this summer. One more week until show time and boy is Laurel stressed!!!

Tiburon said...

Couldn't agree with you more. I am blessed to have some pretty amazing friends in my life. I cherish each one :)

hoLLy said...

that quote is so true. i've realized it even more since i've moved away from home. there have been certain angels that have come and gone that have truly been the world to me. thanks for being one of them jan! when we were in austin, i had a hard time. i had never been away from "home" before. we were far away from everyone in the ward(being in buda), we felt like outsiders in so many ways, but there were a few people in the ward that went out of their way to be kind to us and make us feel cared about. and you were one of them! i appreciated every nice thing you ever said and every smile. thanks:)

Sandy said...

I couldn't agree more. I will take this time to tell you that you are important in my life, even though I don't really know you. I get such inspiration out of your posts and comments. Thanks for being my friend!