Sunday, January 30, 2011

Trying to make a difference

I think that everyone here is (knock on wood) finally on the mend. Lily still doesn't sound great but things never got worse. Ella just wrapped up her antibiotic yesterday and both looks and sounds better. We're not 100% but we're getting there. Drew never really got to terrible sick. He was on antibiotics until Friday but we had to take him off of them 3 days prior to his bronchoscopy, scheduled for Tuesday. Things always get hairy with anesthesia when they hear and see Drew. They want kids to be "healthy" before they put them under so they really do just have to take our word for it that the way he sounds is "normal". Hes coughing a little more than his baseline but I don't know that I'd call him sick. I guess we'll just have to see what they say when we go in on Tuesday.

I went to a CF Fundraiser Kick-off event last Thursday and really had a nice time. I got inspired by a little story attached to the roses they handed out. You've probably heard it before, the one about the starfish, but incase you haven't here is it:
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference to that one!"
I want to make a difference for my one. I want to make a difference for more than my one. I'm committing to doing more this year. You just never know how much you can do if you're not willing to try.

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