Living Life With No Regrets

June 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, positive thinking, Single Parent, Sons, Survivor) (, , , , )

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A One sunny sunday afternoon my son Levi Levi went with some friends to float the river, by that evening, he was fighting for his life. After 5 days and countless prayers later, God stood with me when the machines were turned off. He was only 20. Words cannot express the grief I felt that day. Both our lives were forever changed in a moment. A few months later, I was sorting through my sons things. I found a note in his desk. The note said things can chnge in a moment, live everyday like you mean it, don’t look back with any regrets.

How do we handle the curve ball thrown at us? I could have lived my life is depression or I could trust God and move forward in my life. Some live sucking lemons, others make lemonade. There is no formula to healing. One day at a time. Some days I think about Levi and cry most of the day. Not for what I missed out on,but what a fine young man he turned out to become. As a single parent, we had our hardships and difficulties,but we survived them all.

The other day, while in my garden, I found a rusty bottle cap, It made my day. After Levi passed away, I started to find bottle caps in my garden. Like he was telling me he was still around looking out for his mom. Whenever I try to look back to different times in my life, I am reminded of how far I have come in healing, given much needed grace to give to others, peace of mind. I think about Levi’s note I found- we cannot control our past or future, but we can be happier in the present.

Create a place for healing. It can be in your garden area, in the park,on the couch. I try and find one thing to be thankful for every morning. The birds stat singing at weeeee hours now, I love to lay in bed listening to them chirp like old friends making plans. I am thankful i have good firends like the birds to get together with. I have a good church family and the love and support of family and friends. I have solid foundations to keep me focused and grounded in what it is important.



  1. Deanna Rasmussen-Caviezel said,

    What a beautiful outlook on life…so inspirational! Love this story!


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