10.18.2009

My Awesome Brother and Terminator 2

The last time I blogged, I mentioned that a lot of things were going on in my life that were preventing me from having the mental energy to write on my blog. And though I don't exactly feel like I've "caught up," I do have the sense that either things are returning to a pace I can handle, or I'm getting my annual burst of fall energy that is making life seem a bit less overwhelming and hard. (I really love this particular change of seasons--from summer to fall.) It's nice, and I'm thankful.

And while I do have several little posts starting to at least poke their heads through the haze in my head and request to see the light of the Internet, I wanted first to share a couple of the things that have kept me so hazy for so many weeks and months. I'll start with the easiest--which is the easiest only because it involves linking to a post someone else wrote.

My brother has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last few months, and he's been blogging about his experience so friends, family, and other people struggling with cancer can follow along. Last week he wrote something profound and beautiful, and I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. So do yourself a favor and check it out -- I find the wisdom contained therein applies to a lot of the struggles, small and large, life threatening and trivial, that we all constantly face. It's called No Fate, and maybe I especially like it because it takes its title from one of my favorite films, Terminator 2.

Thankfully, my brother is coming to the end of his chemo, and though the next week or two are supposed to be the worst, at least it will be over soon. We'll all be glad to see him get through this and on to the rest of his quite extraordinary life.