A friend of mine has a wife who's battling some serious health problems. They're actually the same age as me so I was shocked to learn of her troubles.
A lot of folks our age are on meds for heart questions, blood pressure or high cholesterol.
As House famously reminded me:
"It won't end easy."
But overall, despite bad legs, I'm healthy.
Except since Wednesday.
Everyone in the house was suffering.
While I sympathized, I wasn't overly concerned.
I don't normally get colds or the flu.
I freaking got it this time!
I missed a day of work!!
As I suffered I thought of people toasting people's health at every turn.
We pray for each other.
"Stay Healthy!!" is a rallying cry.
Now, despite my awesome ability to whine when I'm not feeling well, I am fairly confident that I'll be back on my feet fairly quickly.
But I thought more about the people who eventually get sick enough to never get better.
I had even asked a nun about it back a whole bunch of years ago:
"Why do we get sick?"
"So we appreciate how good we feel when we're better," she said.
She probably paddled me with a ruler shortly after that moment.
... that's today's lesson.
If you feel well today, appreciate it.
Even for a quick minute.
It could be a lot worse.
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