Thursday, March 3, 2011

The High Cost of Busyness

Aunt Mary and I, October 2002
A year ago today, my Aunt Mary passed away after a long battle with a terminal illness. She fought valiantly and had so many people who loved her and who she wanted to live for. Five beautiful grand babies, four children whom she loved more than life itself, three daughters-in-law who saw her as a friend and ally, two brothers who wanted nothing more than to protect her always and a host of nieces, nephews and friends who adored her.

Baby Mary and her  big brothers

I loved her dearly and miss her so much more than I ever imagined I would.

Now that she is gone I realize another price we pay by being so unnecessarily busy. We sacrifice connections with the most important people in our lives. I feel blessed that in the last few years we were able to keep in touch more via Facebook, but it isn't the same as hearing her voice or getting her unique advice and perspective on life. I wish I had made more time to call her, especially when she wasn't feeling well. This is one of my biggest regrets. I hope to not repeat it.

Jersey Shore, summer 2002
  
Although I know she knows how much I love her, I wish I had the opportunity to tell her that one last time.

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