The Brooks Family | How To Really Live Your Right Now Life

September 15, 2015  •  1 Comment

Dear Everyone-Who-Wants-A-Tip-On-How-To-Live-Your-Right-Now-Life,

 

I write to me as much as I write to you, so know that the words of admonition spilling out are the ones I'm desperately trying to live lately...

 

Live TODAY.  Live in the moment you are in.  Love your people well.   Forgive more quickly.   Pause.  Enter into the gift of whatever your moment is giving.   Turn off your phone.  Close your laptop.  Go on a walk and BE in the moment.   If that which you are worrying over won't matter in a hundred years, shelve your concern for the moment and embrace that life is a GIFT that we miss when we hurry.  

Put relationships first. This is Joan and her people.  I met them six weeks ago before that ugly six letter word cancer had decided to blaze itself unwanted across the headlines of their beautiful life.  I wonder if cancer ever comes expected.  They were in the middle of LIVING, see?  Kaitlyn was having her senior photos taken (coming to the blog soon!).  Colin and his sweet girlfriend had just gotten engaged.  Life and living were in full swing, and no one was expecting that their right now lives would be dealt an ugly hand they'd be forced to play.    You know what's amazing?  I look at these photos and these are people who are fully alive in the midst of the difficult hand they've been dealt.  It is one thing to speak of joy when all is well.  It is another to live in joy as a reality when all of the things we thought were certain are pulled out from underneath us.

I have a feeling Joan and Bill are living their right-now lives more courageously than most these days.   Joan started treatment five days ago, and she's rocking the CUTEST haircut.  She told me she's determined to go to Kaitlyn's soccer games.  This is a woman committed to living the moment she is in with courage and gratitude, and something about all of it just wrecks me... I suppose it's the bravery that I see rising up in all of them - the way they're all pulling together and supporting each other.

"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God..."

-Hebrews 6:18-20a (MSG)

 


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Beth Pockett(non-registered)
thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures of my Sister Joan (my husband's only sibling).
We are all affected by this, but it's by trusting Gods healing, faith,and prayer that will get us all through this with Joan. Your right, living in the moment and enjoy each and every moment!
From our Church sermon just a few short weeks ago, GOD is ABLE!!!!!
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