This is a story of finding something of beauty when you least expect it. The last couple of months have been extremely busy and stressful here at Acorns On Glen. So busy, that we’ve not had much time to post here on the blog. Between work, the Thanksgiving holiday and my father’s ongoing battle with cancer, there has been little down time here on Glen Road.
First off, I am the head of a large group of Accountants. I’m sure you have heard the term “year-end” muttered a time or two at the places where you work. Well, that is the time where the rubber definitely hits the road in the accounting world. To successfully complete year-end requires a lot of organization and some extra time spent in the office. There is nothing worse than taking an expense in 2012 that could have been taken in 2011 because you weren’t prepared.
Then the holidays pop up. This year we thought we were being smart and had our favorite restaurant cook most of the food for the 17 guests that were showing up on Thanksgiving day. We would only make a few side dishes that were family traditions. Although we saved a lot of time in the kitchen with the food, we still worked the better part of two days cooking the family favorites, setting the table and making sure that the house was neat and tidy.
Lastly, we have spent a lot of time as a family in a new round with my father’s ongoing battle with prostate cancer. My father had his prostate removed several years ago and, unfortunately, the surgeons were unable to remove all of the cancer cells. After seeing his PSA levels continue to increase even without a prostate, we have had him come to us for over five years and seek medical care at Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. While it is common for men to have a small level of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) in their blood stream, the higher a man’s PSA level, the more likely it is that cancer is present. Unfortunately, my father’s PSA level has become very high and he has formed a small tumor on his skull that has required radiation. So far, we have all successfully juggled the doctors’ appointments and radiation sessions and hope to begin to see some progress against this latest flare up in the very near future.
For those of you who have or has had parents who are ill, watching them deal with their issues on a frequent basis makes you heavily reflect on your own life. First, you feel the need to be checked for the issue that your parent is dealing with on a daily basis. For any man, frequent PSA screening is essential–do not wait to discuss the need for you with your doctor. Second, there is a lot of anger that you bottle up. I constantly think about why this is happening, is there someone to blame and is my family doing enough to make this cancer disappear. You choose to not show your anger. It is better to bottle it up then explode and make a bad situation even worse by upsetting everyone. Lastly, you begin to think about your own life because you realize that life doesn’t last forever. Are you happy? Have you made the right choices in your life? If you could start again, would you do it the same or do it very differently?
Needless to say, all of these things that are going on have dampened the mood here at Glen Road. You begin to think a lot about what is wrong in your life. Then you turn a corner while driving and see something that reminds you that life can be very good to you as well. When things are not so great in your life, remember that the bad things can quickly be out numbered by the things that are going well in your life. This unexpected Christmas tree in a remote part of Danbury, CT made me remember that although life is not perfect right now, my family, friends and I do have a lot to be thankful for and that we have great lives even in bad times. As for my father’s cancer, I’m thinking that this Christmas tree in the sky is God’s way of giving us proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
So here’s to the unexpected Christmas tree that came to us in a time where we needed to be reminded of how precious and great our lives are. Anyone can have faith during fair weather; but the true test of faith is how we respond during stormy weather when we can’t see our hand in front of our face. How do you keep the faith when you are experiencing hard times?