In­spi­ra­tion to hold on to

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“When my mother was di­ag­nosed with cancer, I was ter­ri­fied of los­ing her and I swore I’d be at her side the whole time. But on the day of her first chemo treat­ment, she asked me to go to her house and pick up the doorstop she used in her bed­room. Con­fused, I left her side to go get it.

“‘Did you keep yours?’ she asked when I handed her the doorstop. I flashed back to my bit­ter di­vorce a few years ear­lier, when I thought my life was over. She’d given me a sim­i­lar doorstop and told me to keep the door open. I wasn’t sure why such a thing mat­tered, and dur­ing my spring clean­ing I had do­nated it.

“My mother lived two more happy years, to the sur­prise of her doc­tors. The day she passed away she said, ‘Keep my doorstop—it’s a re­minder that if you keep the doors open in your heart, mir­a­cles can hap­pen.’ I un­der­stood it then: She’d lived longer than ex­pected be­cause she never closed the door on hope and love, and now nei­ther will I.” —Lucy Vin­cent, 54, Tuc­son, AZ

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