365 Days of Happiness (109/365)

365 Days of Happiness (109/365)

Sometime around Christmas, I became aware of Rory and Joey Feek.  They are husband and wife.  Country music singers.  A duo.  But it wasn’t their music that caught my attention.  In fact, I don’t think I have ever heard one of their songs.  No — somewhere in my Facebook feed was a story about Joey.  She is battling cancer.   And her husband Rory — he’s been at her side — fighting along with her.  For her, for himself, for their family, and their little baby daughter Indiana.  Rory writes a blog and sometime around Christmas — he began to share the reality of the situation. Their fight ….. was coming to an end.  And they weren’t going to win.

on The Red Carpet at the 46th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on October 13, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tonight, as I was riding the train home, I began reading Rory’s blog.   It’s called “This Life I Live”.   The latest post was written yesterday, February 29th, and its titled “one last kiss.”

A word about me.  I’m a deeply ‘feeling’ person.  This trait — has both an up side and a down side.   It’s a beautiful trait that allows me to connect with people, things, places, memories and love very deeply, and to appreciate the small, wonderful moments that fill a life.  But it’s also like a zipper in my heart….that opens like a wound, and allows my heart to hurt, ache, hemorrhage with pain.  All in all — I wouldn’t trade it for a moment.  I search life for beautiful moments to ‘feel”.  I think it is this “ability to feel” that makes me feel the most alive.  But sometimes…..life’s beauty comes in the most painful form.  This — was Rory’s blog tonight.

I realize — you may not know Rory or Joey.  I don’t know a great deal about them either.  But tonight, I want to encourage you to look at Rory’s blog.  Look — into the kind of love that fills Joey’s last days on this earth.  That’s what Rory is offering us.  His unique perspective on how he has stood by…as the love of his life dies….and he can’t do a thing about it….except to make sure they spent every single day of Joey’s life surrounded by love and family.

Take a few minutes…..and visit with Rory.  Read his blog here.


And when you are done — say a prayer for Joey…and Rory….and Indiana.  And for all of us….may we all be loved like Rory has loved Joey…..right to the very end of days.

It’s painful.  Yet beautiful.  And as my heart hurts tonight for Rory and Joey…..it reminds me of how alive I feel right now.  It reminds us all not to waste a moment.   #ChooseHappiness365 (109/365)

Ciao for now….and god bless you Rory and Joey…..Diane

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