I started coughing last Wednesday night, January 18 while out visiting friends, just a bit of hacking here and there.  Not really sick, just the usual allergy reaction I have throughout the year.  Or so I thought, or maybe attempted to convince myself of.However, by Friday afternoon, the cough had become more then an annoyance.  While working at the library in Madison, Connecticut, patrons and staff were concerned about me.  I made it through the day and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it in the next day.

First Blessing:
The snowstorm that arrived late Friday night into Saturday cancelled work for Saturday and I wasn’t scheduled to be back at work until Tuesday.  I also had a meeting scheduled for Saturday after work.  That was cancelled as well.

Second Blessing:
I’ve written here previously how important my friends are to me and this was proven once more to me.  The person I was scheduled to meet with on Saturday after work discovered I was sick and she immediately stepped up and asked if there was anything she could do for me, offering to going to the store to pick up anything I needed.  That was so touching and I told her so.  I had a my monthly massage scheduled for Monday and I had to cancel that for the second month in a row as I had this same sickness in December.

This morning, January 23, Jackie, my massage therapist called to check in on me.  How many people can say their massage therapists worry enough to check in?  And of course I have one friend who is always checking in.

That’s why I feel so blessed with having such a core group of friends.  I know I’ll never be alone not with the friends I have now.

That doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes years to cultivate that type of relationship with anyone.  If there was ever a case of your reputation preceding you, then this is definitely one of them.  I touched on this briefly in my October 31 column called Ninety Percent of Success, where I discussed how my reputation as a safe photographer gets me into places where others may not be able to go.  It’s all part of who I am and when people get to know me, they understand that you get no falseness with me.  It’s like the computer acronym:

Third Blessing:
I’m fortunate that my parents live close by as I needed them last night (Tuesday January 24) as my primary care doctor called to check in on me.  She heard the difficulty I was having breathing.  I was very congested.  She wanted me to go to the Guilford Connecticut Yale Clinic; as I had JUST taken a dose of my cough medicine with Codeine I was in no condition to drive myself there.  I jumped on the phone and called my Mom first.  There was no answer after three times.  Even called her cell.  No answer there either.  Onto my Dad.

He answered immediately.  He said he’d be here.  He’s one town over in Guilford.  After I hung up with him, my Mom called back and said she was on the other line.  We arranged that she’d come to bring me.  We connected back with my Dad and all was well.  He met us there anyway.  After being at the Guilford Clinic, my cell phone beeped that a text was arriving.  My one friend who always checks in.

When discovered where I was they wanted to come down as well, but we were convincing that there was nothing to be gained by that.

Overall Blessings:
If you didn’t know yet, I’m always looking for the blessings in every challenge.  It’s the only way to live a fulfilling life.  I can’t begin to express my gratitude to everyone in my circle.  All of my friends mean the world to me and knowing that they are looking out for me is amazing.  It warms my heart to know that even new people entering my sphere are reaching out.  That was totally unexpected.  And knowing my parents are close by to help when I need it is also a wonderful gift to behold.  So thank you to everyone who I count as a friend and thank you to my family as well for reaching out when I need you.

Blessings are everywhere.
You just have to know where to look.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.


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