The writing continues! I didn’t get a chance to finish Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance this week because last Sunday we had an unexpected death in the family. My cousin, who was a very dear lady to all of us, had a stroke, and instead of writing, this week was filled with family, fixing meals, and funeral arrangements. Her funeral mass was yesterday and we gathered to celebrate her life, and it was a beautiful service that honored the wonderful lady that she was.
Life can be strange sometimes. You can make plans and details to fill your days, but all it takes is one phone call to change everything. We didn’t know my cousin was going to pass so soon and so quickly. We didn’t plan for this to happen. But it did, and our plans ended up changing.
As I sat in the church, the priest preparing the Eucharist for the congregation to take, I couldn’t help but think that life is more important than plans. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in schedules, work, or general busyness. Sometimes we can lose ourselves in the chaos of it all, forgetting what’s important.
One of the things I could say about my cousin was that she never allowed busyness to compromise her relationships with people. If someone needed her, she was there. If someone was hurting, she’d sit with them and listen and then light a candle in prayer. We often think that greatness is achieved through accomplishments, but greatness also finds itself in the everyday moments of life that we don’t always pay attention to. It’s in those simple moments that lives are changed and made better, and my cousin (through her kindness) made our lives beautiful.
As this week comes to a close and a new week begins, my hope is that we take the lessons we learned from my cousin and apply them to our lives. Work is good, and striving for your dreams is a beautiful thing. But let us not forget the little things in life that change the world – kindness, love, and compassion, to name a few. Life is full of unexpected moments, and it’s during these moments that we are shaped and refined into who we are.
May your week be filled with love and goodness. Here’s to hoping that Captain Patty Book Three is finished by the next post!