Friday, June 10, 2011

Feeling Grateful for Every Minute of Every Day.

I haven't been here for a while. I finished that tricky little film with the scary deadline and fell into a fit of exhaustion. For days and days I couldn't look at a computer or TV screen.  

Then the sudden death of a friend hit us both very hard. 

Only a few years older than me, our friend died within four weeks of her diagnosis. We hadn't seen her for years and we felt so far away. Her husband is one of my husband's oldest and best friends, so we've listened and cried together across skype, sent flowers, our thoughts and all our love to him.

HH and I keeping hugging each other - extra tight. 

Before she died, my friend apparently said she wasn't sure what she'd be leaving behind - what her legacy might be. Even though she was a successful film editor (whose many documentaries have been shown all over the world), she wondered what she might be remembered for... 

I will remember her for her love of life as much as her talent. More than anyone else I have ever met, she (together with her husband) truly embraced life with infectious enthusiasm, delighting in everything it has to offer.  From climbing mountains to discussing movies, cooking, travelling, reading novels and throwing fancy-dress parties, they grasped life together with a playful glee. 

So, after a couple of weeks of shock and gloom, it's time for me to remember her gift and get back to being grateful for every minute of every day. 


  1. so very sorry for the loss of your friend.
    you're right - we must keep in sight of the real things - those wonderful people and moments we too often take for granted in our lives.
    thank you for the reminder.

  2. So sorry for the loss of a friend. It is difficult to find a reason for such things - I think sometimes there just is no reason and that's the reality of life. Which is why being grateful for what we have right now is so important.

    On a completely different note - in the comment stream on my blog I posted a link to the recipe you wanted.

    Take care.

  3. Very sad to read that, but I suppose it is things like this that happen that do make us more grateful for our own (healthy) lives.

    ps. love your front verandah (if the photo at the top is of your B&B!)

  4. it's always things like this that are timely reminders to appreciate life. sorry for your loss.
    by the way, first time visitor, you're doing something so many people dream of. good on you.

  5. What a beautiful tribute to your friend. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's sad that it often takes something huge and life changing, like losing someone, to make us appreciate what we have. I'll definitely be spending this weekend being grateful for every minute xxx

  6. My condolences. It's a timely reminder to be grateful for every minute. It's a shame it often takes the death of a loved one to remember this. Life is fleeting.
    much love xx

  7. Wow! what a surprise. So sorry for the loss of your friend. How wonderful that you can be reminded to appreciate every moment. Going to hug my cherubs a little tighter - thanks x

  8. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. May you hold tight to the happy memories you have of her. Much love x

  9. hugs go out to you and HH. it's lousy news and you're right, in the face of loss sometimes the only thing to do is to hug what you do have tightly and be grateful.

    it's great to have plenty of memories of her and to cherish each one.


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