Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Gwen Bell – 15 Minutes to Live
The story that has to be written goes something like this:
It is all a gift. Every living breathing moment of my life is a gift for which I am grateful. I am grateful that my ex-husband was such a scoundrel because I learned from him how strong I needed to be. My best friend of 40 years was most assuredly a gift. She taught me that I am a lovable person in spite of my flaws and boy, did she know about each and every one of them. My son is the greatest gift of all. He taught me that I could love more than I ever could fathom. I would die for him if that proved to be necessary. Luckily, the world doesn't usually work out that way. My husband has taught me that quiet strength and humor and tolerance are so very beautiful. My granddaughter is also the greatest gift because she teaches me each and every day that she has been in this world, that it is all so simple and can be very sweet. My daughter in law has taught me that hard work and following a dream aren't easy and don't always pay off but the journey is the destination and it is constantly changing. My parents were the first gift of my life. Far from perfect but actually perfect in small but important ways, they loved me and cared for me and created a feeling of safety that allowed me to move confidently in the world. To this day, they are responsible for every good thing that has happened to me. So if I were going to die in 15 minutes, I would spend it writing just what I wrote and then I would sit in silence and let gratitude envelop me for whatever time I had left--which is about two minutes.
*I am participating in this writing challenge:
#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and
to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey. More info can be found here: