The Only Thing That Matters

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."- James Barrie

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”- James Barrie

I write you today with a message of the only thing that matters. Read on to find out what that is.

A week ago Sunday, I came down with food poisoning. I was sick in bed, unable to eat or drink, for the following five days. I was in bed with a fever, chills, and then writhing with aches and pains.

Everything came to a stand still. There was only one thing I could do, and that was be in bed, rest and hope to get better.

Nothing seemed to work. Water, nor any other electrolyte liquid I tried to ingest, would stay in. Food? Not an option.

By day four I posted on my Facebook wall to apologize to my friends if I was sharing too much, and to please forgive me, but I was bedridden and not well.

Soon, the messages and texts and wishes for wellness came flooding in. I was moved to tears. I realized how many people I had around me that I didn’t realize I could call upon if I really needed to.

I was reminded that the only thing that really matters is our health. If we have it, we have an opportunity to be ever grateful, and to thrive, and to share our deepest gifts with the world.

If we don’t, all else falls away and what matters are those we love, do we have them? We all deserve a loving circle of intimates who will support us in our darkest of hours- drive us to the ER, bring us nutrients to nurse us to health, or offer loving company when we’ve been alone in our beds, hurting for days on end.

I feel humbled from my rest. I feel renewed as I head into Spring, remembering that what matters most is my health and the health of those near to me, and that the best I can do in this life, is fully live, and share what I am with those near to me.

And, I can show up for those in need, who don’t have the energy to shine, but are merely making it.

Our titles and jobs and possessions can all fall away.

In the end, when we are upon our death-bed, we will wonder if we really mattered.

It won’t be measured in likes on Facebook, or how many dollars we have in the bank. It will depend upon the loving friends in our intimate circle. In our final hours, we will only wish to have our intimates gathered round, we will only wish to know that we are loved.

So, I invite you, today and everyday, to remember that which matters most and show up for those you really love, be a hand, give a call, keep those you cherish company. while they are still here, and to allow them to keep you company, too.

Let’s make time for those we love the most.

In the end, love is all we need.

Hope you are having a healthy spring.

xoxo

Rachel Claire

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