A note from Alice Markel about St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital…
I just read an article entitled “Ten Strategies of Happy People.” The first was that they have a sense of gratitude. I try to do that. I am grateful for my family, food on the table and a roof over my head- those things are easy to be grateful for. But what about the ordinary? What about the regular Tuesday when no one wants to get up and we are rushing to get to school and work?
In 1995 I was very sick. I was in the hospital away from my brand new baby, my husband, my house, my life. I remember one day laying in my hospital bed on a cloudy, cold February day wishing I could feel the cold air on my face. Before being hospitalized I was working at a job that I really hated. But on that day I wished I could be at work… I was wishing for an ordinary day.
I got my wish. I left the hospital and have had many opportunities to feel the frigid winter air touch my face and after returning to a job I hated, decided to quit and get a job I love. Life is too short I also got healthy enough to run again and participate in a charity run that benefits St Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The event is a relay that starts in Chicago and ends in Peoria. I’ve done the run several times but my first year was special. One of the stops along the way was the town of Roenoke. There, the entire town prepared an amazing feast for us. We stopped there because it’s home to a St Jude’s family. A young girl Amy was diagnosed with cancer and treated at St. Jude’s. After lunch, her parents spoke to us about Amy and St Jude’s. Amy’s mother told us how much Amy loved school and that when she felt better she could go to school. During her illness her happiest days were the days she could go to school. Her happiest days were the ordinary ones. Her mom’s message was to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital makes ordinary days possible for the sickest of kids. It takes nearly 2 million dollars a DAY to keep St Jude’s operating yet they don’t turn anyone away based on inability to pay. Please donate to St Jude’s either by clicking on this link or coming to my donation based yoga class on 7/26 at Beverly Yoga Center at 10:30 am. Enjoy, with gratitude, your ordinary day.