They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This has never been so true for me as it was during a breakfast I had recently. It wasn't so much the nutritional benefit that made it so important, but it was the company and the conversation. I sat in a booth with a new friend with a warm smile and kind heart, as well as an "I can't live without you" kind of person in my life with great hair that I just absolutely adore and love.
We sat there with our eggs and fruit, coffee and orange juice, telling stories and jokes that involved blondes and koala bears. Perhaps there was some bad humor, but it sure was great for a good laugh or two. You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal and I learned more about them, thus enriching the bonds that we all have together. Even after the food was gone, we still lingered in our booth as we talked a little bit about life and my upcoming bone marrow transplant. It means a lot to know that I have support and people in my life who love and care about me and I was sitting with those kinds of people and feeling pretty loved.
At one point during our breakfast, a saying was shared that my new friend saw in a Seoul, South Korean restaurant. The saying read, "The day is long, but life is short." Isn't that the truth? I really stopped for a moment to think about what I had just heard. What does that mean? I believe that for me, the days I have here are long enough for me to work hard, make a difference in this world and spend as much of my time focusing my efforts on the things that truly count in life. But, like the saying says, "life is short." Pretty soon all of those long days expire. We are never guaranteed tomorrow, so live today to the fullest; embrace joy, do what makes you happy, and don't wait for "someday" because "someday" may never come and today is all we have.
I am glad to have these days, before I head to my penthouse suite at Karmanos, to be around the most important people in my life. It gives me great joy to share thoughts and feelings that translate into little life lessons and inspirational quotes that I will take with me to Karmanos. I am glad that the most important meal of that day ended up really being...the most important meal of the day. Food for the soul is what we really ended up ordering that morning and I am blessed to have shared it with the most cherished people in my life.