This is Now…

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Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now.

Live it, feel it, cling to it.

I want to become acutely aware of all that I’ve taken for granted.

Sylvia Plath


Sylvia’s quote is how I remembered to be present during my friend’s journey with cancer.

I have no regrets. I carry no guilt.

When she spoke, I listened intently. When she laughed, I remembered the fragility between happiness and grief.

When she pretended she was okay, I honored her wish to be okay too.

We spoke of the future together, never doubting it’s potential. We talked about the weather, the shopping, what we were reading. But we never forgot that death was waiting at the door; and even though we knew we could not change it, we were not distracted by knowing when.

I just kept clinging to this moment that I had with her, and for the privilege of doing so.

I will miss you deeply my friend.


Jean Lee

“Fly freely beautiful Angel”

39 thoughts on “This is Now…

  1. Karen, a beautiful tribute for her and some important encouraging words for us all. I send you my deepest, heartfelt condolences to you. Your presence was, no doubt, a healing salve for her heart and soul. 🙏🏻💕

  2. Karen, so eloquently put and such a simple thing to do requiring nothing but our presence in the NOW. Of course, that is often the problem ….not being present in the moment. What a beautiful gift you gave your friend, your presence! I am so very sorry for your loss. May her beautiful smile sparkle a little into the wilds of the world every day!

  3. So sorry to read of the loss of your dear friend, Karen. It is hard to watch loved ones suffer, but your presence was surely so appreciated by her. ❤

  4. Karen, So sorry for the loss of your friend.
    God tells us to be a good friend we simply need to do too things…Mourn with our friends in their sorrow and rejoice with them in their joy. In that, you are a good friend Karen.

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