A Page Right Out of My Life

Day #8

As I read Onward by Elena Aguilar I thought I was reading about my life. I was caught off guard reading her story. I felt as though she must of knew me from afar. I too curled upon the floor crying unable to help make sense of my mother’s death. How do I make sense of a strong, healthy woman dying of cancer?

I thought of you today.

You told me happiness lies within when you take care of yourself. You showed compassion. Tears balanced on the edge. I struggled with the shame. I should have known better.

I thought of you today.

You’re not here to hold me in your arms to remind me that I am compassionate. You’re not here to remind me how proud you are of who I am.

I thought of you today.

I held my heart and reminded myself of your warm smile as we celebrated my successes along life’s path. I held my heart and reminded myself as you looked over me through smooth and bumpy roads. I reminded myself how much you love me.

You’re not here today to remind me. So I will cast the compassion I deserve and tell myself that I am a better human being because of your compassion first cast upon me. For today, I will release the shame and understand the guilt. I love you and did my best with what I knew.

I too would gladly return the lesson for another day with you. That isn’t going to happen. So, I will continue to share the compassion on myself and others. It is where true happiness resides. For today I know better, so I do better.

Published by Joan MS Durrin

a Wife and Dog Lover; an Educator, Writer, and a Reader; an Outdoor Enthusiast, a Learner.

3 thoughts on “A Page Right Out of My Life

  1. This is a lovely tribute to your mother. I like the emphasis you made about why you thought about her today. It reminded me of my mother and will write a tribute to her too. Be guided by the love, care and compassion she bequeathed to you.


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