May 5, 2011 (origionally written)-This has been a trying few days for us. My sister, Jane had a massive stroke and watching her when her life was touch and go puts a different perspective on life for me. The things that I commonly worry about are mere drops in the bucket when they are judged while expereincing event such as that. Material things and the trivia of life pale do not even compare with such a horrible event as a stroke, a life-or-death situation. What has seemed important have taken on an aura of insignificance in the light of the gravity of an eternal prospect. I know that all people have to go through things like that if they live on the earth long enough but they do make one see through a different set of filters and in fact we see them with an entirely new set of “eyes of the spirit”. What is an occurrence we see every day and pass it takes on an enormous cast of graveness when someone personal and close is involved causes us to feel a new surge of sympathy with those other folks whom we have merely passed and repassed before because we know in all the cases someone is going through the same worry and grief process we are now going through. We know that someone is losing a loved one or part of a loved one.