Monday, September 11, 2017


I spent an hour one night recently trading text messages with a dear friend and former co-worker.  I had last talked with her in depth in February.  Our exchanges over the past six months were just a few words here and there.  She is in bad health, her initial response to my "how are you doing?" was "I don't want to talk about me."  But she did.  She has six serious health conditions, two of which are potentially life threatening. Over the past three or four years her health has drastically changed her life.  

She explained that she has had two bad falls in the last six months resulting in broken bones.  My first instinct was to tell her to wrap herself in bubble wrap and sit quietly.  I am glad I didn't.  As the exchange went on, it became clear that she is exhausted, not just by her illnesses, but by the changes in her life as a result.  She wants needs to do things she wants to do, even if doing so results in risk.  As she put it, she might die, she would sooner do it having fun than wallowing in self pity.  She wants to do fun things, not wait to heal or die. She talked about getting well enough to travel to the Netherlands or Peru. I will encourage her to work towards that goal.  

She needs a little adventure in her life, planning for that adventure will help her enjoy each day.  

Thanks for letting me ramble, help a friend seek a little adventure this week.   


  1. You are SUCH a good friend to have, David! As we Aussies say, good on you, mate.

  2. Keep at her. A relaxing vacation with assistance could just be the ticket she needs to get a new lease on life. Changes the whole outlook.

  3. Anonymous9/15/2017

    This is a really good idea that you have going on. manufacturing