there are things we don't want to happen but we have to accept

6 ways to do what you don’t want to do – Coffee With Kim


Have you ever been in a spot when you have to do what you don’t want to do?

I really don’t want to do this.

I don’t want to have stand beside the bed of a loved one passing from here to eternity. Writing an obituary wasn’t planned. How do I console my husband because of his sad heart?

I love to post encouraging and uplifting articles. But, that’s hard when life has come at you throwing crud in your path.

We’ve had a traumatic couple of weeks. First, our fur-child was ill and I shared some of his story with my folks on my newsletter list. He’s doing fine now. He’s adapted to his new diet (low/no fat dog food) and the past couple of days has been his usual, spunky self.

Denver, Dog Rescue, Adopt a Dog, Found Dog, Denver the Recycled Dog
Denver, The Recycled Dog

But, this week has also been trying. After a rush to the emergency room, 24 hours in ICU and four “code blues” we lost my mother-in-law. We know it was an earthly loss and a heavenly gain. But, it doesn’t lesson the pain our family is going thru.

Life Lessons

There were many lessons and activities during those 24 hours at the hospital. The most eye-opening was how much medical TV shows and movies downplay ‘code blue’ in the script writing. It’s not a time when 2 or 3 more nurses arrive to assist. At one time we counted 18 medical professionals in the room moving like a high-tuned synchronized piece of equipment. We thought we knew about the inner-workings of a hospital, but the whole ordeal opened our eyes a bit wider. Hats off to any readers who are or have family in the medical profession <3.

That’s where the end of my week finds me. Looking over the obituary. Trying to fill in the ‘dash’ in word form for a lady who lived a full and happy life of 79 years. Helping my husband think about what he will say at her memorial service.

there are things we don't want to happen but we have to accept

So, that brings me to

The Dash

The space between your birth year and what will some day be your departure year.

Are you living life full of all the things you hold near and dear to your heart? I encourage you to live life according to your core values. If you can’t name off the 10 core values most important to you, then it sounds like you need help identifying them. You can read more about it here at “Mapping Your Way to New Purpose.”

A wrote a post a while back about someone who loved Billy the Kid enough to put that he was “the pal of Billy the Kid” on his tombstone. It makes me wonder about all the bad things we’ve heard about him. Because to someone, he made a difference.

Have you made difference in someone’s life? Apparently Billy did. Read more about at “Lessons About Legacy From Billy the Kid.”

Love and prayers to you!

Kim C Steadman author

When she’s not sweeping dog hair, experimenting in the kitchen, or doodling on paper, Kim C. Steadman is writing. She is a self-proclaimed cubicle-nation escapee and now lives her childhood dreams. Kim is a freelance writer, speaker and ministers alongside her family in Grand Prairie, TX. The acreage she and her husband care-take includes woods, fields and critters — all of which weave themselves into her writings.

She is the author of The Creative Prayer Journal: A 21-Day Prayer Challenge to Experiencing Meaningful Conversations With God, The Diary of a Recycled Dog and The Creative Keepsake Journal series.

Kim loves coffee, chocolate, and TexMex food. She also enjoys DIY projects that don’t include power saws & hiking in the mountains. Connect with her on Facebook at KimSteadmanAuthor

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