This weekend, I found myself on a roller coaster of emotions.
It's because of two dear friends and how their lives quickly changed in one moment.
One friend has had a break of a lifetime. Her talent has been discovered (something that those of us who have known her for years have been patiently waiting to happen). It has been so thrilling to hear about how her life has been shaken up and all the changes that are sure to come. All so very, very exciting.
The other friend is living a heart break of a lifetime. She is going through something that for any of us would be our worst nightmare. She lost two family members in an instant and has had her life turned upside down by all the changes these losses will surely bring.
These two ladies easily fall into the category of the most amazing women I know. Both are so talented and beautiful, fun to be around and full of life. They are two women I admire so much.
I spent the weekend texting one and hanging on every word that she could share with me about what exciting things are happening. I searched the Internet reading articles that have recently been written about her and just thrilled at the kind things said about her and her talents.
The other friend, I was only able to send a quick text to, expressing my love. Instead, I received most of the heartbreaking updates about her loss through news reports. Each one more devastating than the last as more details emerged.
It's crazy how fast life can change. How quickly things can come at you whether good or bad. And it's crazy how many times in one day you can feel so much joy and so much sorrow for people you love.
As I go to bed tonight and say prayers of thanks for the day and the blessings my family received, I will say a prayer for my two friends. That they will both receive the direction and guidance they need in their lives as they start a new chapter of their lives. Chapters that are sure to be full of firsts and unknowns. But because of the women that they are, I know these chapters will be written with so much grace and in a way that is inspirational to those of us who are praying for them and cheering them on.