From the Director, Summer 2014

Jan Levy, 07/22/2014

Lately, it seems that there are a lot of people I know going through challenging times. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, or maybe it's just a confluence of sad events which seem to be happening in the same time frame, but there are some days when I think that if I hear any more bad news, I might scream!

Lately, it seems that there are a lot of people I know going through challenging times.  Maybe it's because I'm getting older, or maybe it's just a confluence of sad events which seem to be happening in the same time frame, but there are some days when I think that if I hear any more bad news, I might scream!

At least two of my relatives are battling cancer - one is only in her 40's, and writes humorous emails titled "life with a side of cancer" that update us on how she's doing.  A close friend of mine, who I've known since childhood, is also facing cancer, and recently had to endure more than ten hours of difficult surgery to remove a complicated tumor.  Another friend is facing back surgery and a third is also waging war against cancer.  Two people I know have had to bury their children in the past couple of months.  Another lost her mother and another lost her husband after more than 40 years of marriage. And I know I'm not alone in this.

 As I thought about all these folks facing so many challenges, I began to reflect on how important it is to let people know how much they mean to you.  How important it is to make time for yourself and your friends.  How important it is to work through that "bucket list" before it's too late.  

 How many times have you run into someone at an event that you haven't seen in a long time?  You suggest getting together for lunch or an after-work drink, but somehow, life gets busy and it never seems to happen.  Other times, you'll think about someone and make a mental note to check-in, and just never get around to it.

 At the end of the LT year, most participants talk to each other about keeping in touch over the summer. Sometimes I wonder how many actually do so.  Staying engaged with your LT classmates and others in the alumni network is one of the greatest benefits of LT.  I am still good friends with a number of my LT classmates from 1987 and I have become close with other LT graduates throughout the years.  They are some of my richest relationships.

 Recently, a good friend was telling me that every day when she wakes up, she takes about ten minutes to think about everything she is grateful for.  These days, with all this sad news, I too am grateful.  I'm grateful that when I get out of bed each morning, both feet still hit the floor. I'm grateful that I'm relatively healthy, that most of the time my brain cells are still firing on all cylinders, and that after 25+ years, I continue to work at a job I love.  I'm grateful for my close friends and family, and that my life is relatively free of drama.  Finally, I'm grateful for all of you within the LT network - we are all very blessed to have such a wealth of remarkable people on whom we can call for advice, assistance, and support!

 I encourage each of you take a pause from your hectic lives and think about the people and things you are grateful for.  Make the time - it's worth it!