This has been a sad week at my house and in the blogging community. Our beautiful friend Kary lost her battle with cancer a week ago yesterday. You can read more details here, and leave condolences for John, her husband, on Kary's blog, My Farmhouse Kitchen. It's amazing to me how you can become so attached to a person you have never met. I felt I had known Kary for years.
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light. - Jennie Jerome Churchill
Taking your friends and loved ones for granted, expecting perfection from them in every instance, greatly lessens the value we have in one another's life. Being hard on those closest to us may relieve some of the tension we feel about our own imperfections, but it creates another tension, that may result in our friends leaving us behind.
We need the reminder, perhaps, that our friends are special to our growth. Our paths have crossed with reason. We complete a portion of the plan for one another's life. And for such gifts we need to offer gratitude.
Each of us is endowed with many qualities, some more enhancing than other; it is our hope, surely, that our lesser qualities will be ignored. We must do likewise with our friends. We can focus on the good, and it will flourish-in them, in ourselves, in all situations. A positive attitude nurtures everyone. Let us look for the good and, in time, it is all that will catch our attention.
I can make this day one to remember with fondness. I will appreciate a friend. I will let her know she matters in my life. Her life will be enhanced by my attention.
Sweet Kary, you may be gone but we will never forget you.