You can ruin today by worrying about tomorrow …

An update from Elise, the wonderful inspiring mommy of Cooper who will be three in a few days and who is fighting so hard for his life because of a brain tumor.  May this help us all to put our own worries and concerns in perspective.

Hello all,

I just wanted to send a quick update on Cooper. He is doing ok this week and slowly recovering from last week’s shunt. We are anxiously awaiting his scan and LP this week not only for the results but with angst that we have to put him through more tests and pain and recovery from more anesthesia. I had a moment today that was very humbling when my baby caught me shedding tears. I had read news about some new research on ependymomas that looked promising but was likely several years out before it would be something useful in humans. It brought tears to my eyes as I prayed that my little man could just keep fighting and holding on. Cooper caught me crying and quickly whipped me into shape when he yelled to me “Mommy, you stop crying, you not cry Mom!” Now it’s time for Mommy to toughen up as my brave little boy continues to show me the way. A mom from our time in Boston recently sent a message on the Ependymoma website I frequent that this was her new motto – I cannot change the past but I can ruin the present by worrying about the future. How true is that and something I must learn to consider every day as we take on each new step in this journey.

I found this poem in a card that I gave my Mother before she passed away. I have always loved this poem and believe it to be true.

Love to all,


Footsteps In the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.

Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,

other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed

that during the low periods of my life,

when I was suffering from

anguish, sorrow or defeat,

I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,

that if I followed you,

you would walk with me always.

But I have noticed that during

the most trying periods of my life

there have only been one

set of footprints in the sand.

Why, when I needed you most,

you have not been there for me?”

The Lord replied,

“The times when you have

seen only one set of footprints,

is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson

4 Responses to You can ruin today by worrying about tomorrow …

  1. C. Beth says:

    Love that quote–a great reminder even for those of us who worry about much SMALLER issues!

    You are featured on my blog today, by the way. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Beth — This is just one of the times that the posts Elise and Justin have written during the past year have showed me so clearly this lesson.

    And thanks for featuring me!

  3. Sending a prayer up for Cooper and his mama.

  4. Sandra says:

    Thank you so much, V. Such a hard time for that whole family.

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