It wasn't until I saw the Facebook photo of my friend Renee smiling, with her son leaning into her as she sat up in her hospital bed, that I realized that I hadn't been fully breathing. I was waiting in anticipation, fear, and hope that all would go well.
I'd also been thinking about the five invitations. No, not holiday party invites, but these:
Welcome Everything, Push Away Nothing
Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience
Find a Place of Rest in the Middle of Things
Cultivate Don't Know Mind
The Five Invitations that Frank Ostaseki writes about in his book of that title. He provides lessons to help us wake up to our lives.
"Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most."
During this holiday season, let's be reminded to discover what matters most and then to live these personal truths.