Two months ago, I told you about my friend Sharon (Blossoming When Times Are Tough). She was fighting cancer and ALS, and I asked for ideas on how to support her.
Sharon passed away two months – to the day – after I wrote that newsletter.
She was 56 years old. As her obituary said, “as soon as she was born, she hit the ground running.” Her life was like a shooting star blazing across the night sky, taking our breath away with her spirit and energy.
A good heart has stopped beating, a beautiful soul ascended to heaven.
Lessons From a Wilted Blossom
From her death, I learned:
We have a far deeper and greater effect on people than we realize
Sharon and I never had coffee or dinner together, though we kept saying we should go for a hike or have a glass of wine on her deck. She and I didn’t know each other’s birthdays or middle names, yet we were connected by our dogs, our similar personalities, our neighborhoods.
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Your presence in your family, at your job, in your community, and on the people around you is HUGE. Those little things that don’t seem like a big deal to you – stopping to say hello, sending a quick email to a friend, spending an hour with an elderly neighbor or family member – are far more important than you realize.
You will be missed when you are gone.
If you don’t act now, then when?
It’s later than you think. Whatever it is you’re scared to do, you must stop wasting precious time and energy! If you’re still surfing Facebook or flipping through reruns on TV or otherwise wasting your time instead of imagining, daring, and flourishing…stop it.
Do one thing every day that energizes and feeds your soul. Take risks. Learn from my wilted friend.
Sharon’s life is still Blossoming, even in death. And so will yours, for your impact is deeper and greater than you realize.
On Blossom This Week
Every week, I write a Four-Day Series about making positive changes in life. The focus this week is happiness and unhealthy relationships.
- Mon – How to Be Happy Even in an Unhealthy Relationship – Day 1 (Imagine)
- Tues – 7 Lessons Learned in Unhealthy Relationships (Dare)
- Weds – How to Fix an Unhealthy Relationship (Prepare)
- Thurs – How to Gain Confidence and Create Healthy Relationships (Leap and Flourish!)
We’re only halfway through the week; I welcome your thoughts on this series! Feel free to comment on the articles themselves.
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.
On Blossom Last Week
- Mon – How to Blog About Something You Love (Imagine)
- Tues – Overcoming Obstacles When You’re Starting a Blog (Dare)
- Weds – Resources and Best Practices for Blogging (Prepare)
- Thurs – Foolproof Blogging Tips for Women Over 40 (Leap and Flourish!)