All Things Andrea

All Things Andrea

Friday, February 15, 2008

Quotes Worth Contemplating

"Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food."
- Hippocrates (as quoted by Emilie Tierney, Masonic Villages' Wellness Coach)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Wishes

I couldn't resist sharing with you this Valentine's Day card that I got in the mail today:

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Love is in the air….
… along with toxins
and carcinogens
and flakes of dead skin
and dust particles
and flying insects
and mold spores
and killer viruses…
Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Welcome to Holland

A co-worker sent the following essay to me last summer in the thick of my cancer nightmare. It so describes the terrain of cancer, but also brings hope to any disappointing scenario that we might find outselves in.


by Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this:

When you are going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The Gondola's in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland".

"Holland?" you say. "What do you mean, Holland? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy".

But there has been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around, and begin to notice that Holland has windmills. Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will always say, "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned".

And the pain of that will never, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Quotes Worth Contemplating

"In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
- Thomas Jefferson (as quoted on Masonic Village's intranet)