"A Stroke of Divine Intervention." I spent 6 hours late last night and early this morning in the Emergency room.
My husband had what the doctors believed was a stroke. Yet miraculously, all signs disappeared. We were fortunate.
When I got home, and Mike was finally sleeping soundly. I checked Instagram.
The first post I saw was Lisa Beth Holder @nycartistlisabetholder
She mentioned, "Destroy a stroke and take a chance....paint is forgiving." Thank-you Lisa for your heartfelt kindness.
A metaphor becomes my life reality. I immediately went to look at the painting I did this past week. I posted in my #instagramstories
I then took my brushes, and recreated the painting I posted now.
I "liked" the previous painting yet it was lacking depth. I was inspired to redo it. This is the first I have actually repainted.
I felt a need to add bits of red, yellow. And "M''s" for Mike.
Life throws us these curveballs. It's our reaction to adversity that defines us.
Our bodies do not know the difference between good stress, and bad stress. Stress is stress.
Only an individual truly knows.
A wake up call.
Recently I attended an event on "active aging." One of the things I learnt about how to better the aging process was to "change your routine." I am not a routine person. Yet I was going to post something entirely different. Then "this" happened.
And I felt compelled to share. "The more we know, the better we do." We only have one life. Crap happens. Deal with it, move forward, and learn from the experience.
This week marked the passing of Mike's younger brother, Kevin. He was a marathoner, healthy, and young. He died at 52 five years ago. He realized that time was the most important thing, sadly not recognizing this until later in life.
He used to be the Vice President of a major corporation, corner office, on the top floor. Downtown Vancouver overlooking the waterfront. One day he realized, what for? He then took a position closer to home, normal hours, and spent time with family. He at least had "some time." Life is precious.
A painting like nature, and life does not have permanence.