Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Pretty Good Use

Zestful Blog Post #299

This post is dedicated to Katy Deutermann, who last Saturday passed from this life to the next after a sudden fierce illness. She was an avid reader of this blog and a fan of my books. And along with her husband Steve, she was a special and much-admired friend. Hi, Steve. (Who remains a special and much-admired friend.)

Most of us have lost comrades/acquaintances at a young age. A few of our schoolmates, perhaps, didn’t live to see their 20th birthday. Grandma and Grandpa go, then our parents. Along the way, you lose a friend or two before their time. God forbid you ever lose a child. Then the losses accelerate. And you realize, well, at some point I’m gonna be next.

And you think:
·       What am I doing?
·       What am I really doing?
·       What am I supposed to be doing?
·       Whose company do I cherish the most?
·       Who do I want to share a table with?
·       What is a quality life?

The seasons of life—and of work—come and go. Nobody gets it perfect. And that’s as beautiful as perfection itself. What’s a pretty good use of today?

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  1. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and fan. What's a pretty good use of today? Considering your post, I think that I am fortunate to have a strong, loving relationship and work I look forward to every day. I can't wait to get to my desk and find out what my characters in my books will be up to next. And even more fun, is having a boss/publisher who lets me pick and choose which books I'll edit. These authors have become friends and they all write great books - Bob Bickford, Tom Towslee, J. Marshall Gordon, G. W. Kennedy, Brenda Stanley, William G. Collins. Mystery, suspense, and thrillers. Nice to be reminded, Elizabeth, to think about today in that way.

  2. I'm sorry for your loss. And you're right on with what you wrote. Life is short. Do things you love and be with people you love.

  3. I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend. Losing people is hard. It's even harder when you feel as if you're losing everyone around you. I hope that day is still a long ways away. When I read posts like these it reminds me to be thankful for everything I have and to cherish the time I spend with my family. Thank you for sharing.


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