Eight days ago, I received a devastating phone call about the health of a loved one. When you receive a call like that, your heart sinks. Then it thumps while you attempt to listen to the details.
This wasn’t completely out of the blue since some issues have lingered for the past few weeks.
But that call… it was harsh.
After I hung up the phone, nearly everything else in my life came to a halt. The news consumed my every thought for the next few hours and kept me up for most of the night.
How could this be?
One family member described the situation as “the definition of bad news”.
To properly cope, our family knew we had to put our lives on hold to focus on support. That meant time away from the kids, time out of the office, and some undesirable travel. But helping any way we could was our first instinct when our loved ones needed us.
Fortunately, we were able to put our daily routines on hold to be where we needed to be.
The Good News
Without going into the specifics, I can say that the bad news was not the worst possible news. For that, we are very thankful.
The bad news, though terrible when first learned, also represented a solution to a nagging medical mystery that threatened the long-term livelihood of our loved one.
The situation seemed bleak at first. But as we learned more, it became a difficult mountain pass up ahead… a steep and treacherous path leading to a jagged peak and a hairy initial decent. No pretty view. Too foggy.
But still very passable.
The patient navigated the poor visibility, deep chasms, and icy ledges, down to safer altitudes where the air is easier to breathe, perils are less frequent, and the slope begins to level as the path merges onto a comfortable and well-worn trail lined by vegetation, the beautiful kind, toward the base of the mountain where life will again be a leisurely stroll.
Six weeks to a full recovery, the doctors say. Very good news, indeed.
To Life, Good Health, and Not Sucking at Money
Since my week was consumed by the roller coaster of emotion that comes with ill health, I wasn’t able to complete the usual 2000-some words about money, investing, banana stands, naked selfies, 7-11 nachos, and barely-relevant music references that you probably roll your eyes over but still expect to see every seven days or so.
The words I write here are an attempt to creatively illustrate how to not suck at handling money, which is a simple concept when it all boils down. Pay attention to your money and you won’t suck at handing it. That’s the money lesson for the week.
This experience is a reminder that money isn’t so important and it’s OK to forget about it every once and a while. It confirms that though sometimes health is out of our control, but we can buy time by setting loftier goals to retire sooner. And what’s most important, is life, good health, and being there for friends and loved ones. So I’m going to cut the post short this week to focus on those things.
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