I’ve been wrapped up in a deadline, the kind that pretty much makes the outside world a non-existent and untouchable place. Writers, you know what I mean. There’s a Land of Distraction, and it’s so big, brawny, and beautiful that just one look endangers that tenuous thread that binds imagination and words (exactly what we need to make a book).
In fact (with the exception of the last few days) the most I’ve been doing on the internet is checking email, with an occasional Tweet, and glance at Facebook. Two days ago, though, I did my customary run-through — and saw something that gave me pause.
A friend needed help. Taughnee, the woman responsible for making this website look beautiful, was in trouble. The love of her life, incredibly ill in a hospital — on the other side of the world. You can read about it at her blog (Don’t Wait, Love Big | The Tall Guy at Small Door | The Ultimate Roof). Be prepared to cry.
It’s also a profound reminder of the privileges we are given, the everyday miracles and blessings in our lives, that we cannot take for granted:
“Live life in full color and love as big as you can. Accept the people you love for all that they are and enjoy the experience of loving fully and unconditionally. And if you don’t have someone else to share that with, and even if you do, turn that love and acceptance inward and start with yourself. We only get one shot at life, what are we waiting for?”
We are all on a journey, with just one chance to make something beautiful, even if it’s for a short while.
Taughnee has amazing people in her life and they came together to help raise enough money for her to fly to France and be with her man. My wishes are for her happiness, his health, and their continued adventure, together. In a similar way, my wish is the same for all of you: happiness, health, adventure, companionship.
Love big, and love a lot.