Well, it must have taken something pretty powerful for me to finally take some time to update this pitiful excuse for a blog. I would like to think that the below qualifies but as with my books, that’s up to you.
Over the last few months, I have been following the story of a very courageous and at peace woman name Joey Feeks. She and her husband, Rory, are country music artists with very simple and earthy values. The most genuine of those, is their love for each other, their family, and God.
She was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in the summer of 2014. Devastating news for anyone, as I’m sure, it was to them.… In the beginning. However, over the course of Joey’s treatment, she and her husband have done something remarkable.
They found peace.
Something like that may not sound remarkable in itself, but in the face of the odds, which are severely stacked against this young lady, she has everything to live for within a life in which she seems truly content and very happy. They have a beautiful little two-year-old girl named Indiana. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a picture where the parents, and their daughter are not smiling. Even without the cancer, a happy and satisfying family life is hard to achieve.
I can’t pretend to know what their family is going through as they deal with this situation from day to day. I know that their music reflects their beliefs and who they are. It also sends a message to their fans and the rest of the world; that “simple” and “hope” do not have to be lost no matter what the challenges. It’s okay to be upset with the circumstances or what might be perceived as unfairness, and it’s more than okay to express anger and sadness. But that’s not what the world is seeing, and I truly believe that their peace and contentment in the face of Joey’s final days, is genuine.They have every right to be angry about what is being taken away from them. But they’re not.
They have chosen a different, but not so unique path, and that is something that the rest of the world should aspire to. Imagine taking that type of courage in the face of death and turning it into something precious that both Joey and her husband, Rory will remember and cherish… for as long as they can together.
Now, imagine something bigger where that type of peace can transcend into hope and action for things such as global conflict, homelessness, famine, or simply getting along and loving one another. It makes you wonder why the rest of the world has not learned how to handle things better.
Serenity in the place of hopelessness…