Inspiration to hold on to
“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