Life… as I see it (10/10/10/2018)


Tough times

Sadly, from time to time we are reminded that life is short, life is a challenge and that we should be thankful everyday.

There was one day this week that I made a 4 hour round trip to visit a friend. This friend is truly a forever friend. We have been a part of one another’s lives since we were six years old.

Now her health was failing. I hadn’t been able to see her for a number of years and I have missed her everyday. But the night her son called and told me she was ill, I knew there was nothing going to stop me from seeing her then. First thing the next morning I was headed her way.

I spent two hours with her in her hospital room. She was pretty sick, but still in her attitude and with the mischievous twinkle in her eyes I knew her feisty self was still in there.

It took a toll on me that visit with my forever friend. I was pretty wiped out the next day and I admit I didn’t accomplish much more than the very long nap I took.

We sometimes allow our emotions to control our physical health..

Later in the week her son told me she was improving. That was a blessing for sure. I can’t wait to spend more time with her now.

Later yet in the week, a call from another forever friend told me that her husband had passed.

We all went to school together. He was a year old than us, but still it’s in the ball park of our age. This is the year of our classmates being 70. Being counted among them, I know I have to be on guard.

I try really hard to take care of my health. I do all of the things they tell me to do. I make a stab at eating healthy, I exercise and I take my prescribed medication. Even with that effort, there are the continual nagging signs that the old girl isn’t as young as she once was.

I thank the Lord every morning for another brand new day. It is like a blank piece of drawing paper when we wake up each day. It’s up to us what we want to draw that day.

I look around and I see a lot of people who just want to scribble nonsense on their sheets of paper. Honestly I don’t have a lot of patience with those folks.

Not everyone can be the perfect artist, but we can all make a valiant effort at drawing something recognizable each day.

One of my kids is off in Bali on a retreat. I have to admit I was nervous that she was making such a huge trip on her own. Now that she is there, and I see the photos she is sending of this magical, totally peaceful place I am no longer nervous. Now, I’m jealous. It looks like a peace of heaven where she is staying.

Bless her heart, she works like a trooper. I am so proud of her, and I am so happy that she has this opportunity to have a few days of total relaxation and peace.

Life is good today for me and especially for my child.

— Contact Kathy Craigo-Harteis at or Po Box 406, Nice Ca 95454.

Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at