Be the Good Day
What is Be the Good Day? The following explanation was written by the daughters of Martha Temple Todd.
In 2010, our mom, Martha Temple Todd, received her 3rd breast cancer diagnosis. As a wife, mother of 3 girls, and 8 grandchildren she had so much to fight for. She fought with dignity, grace and great faith. She had countless rounds of chemotherapy, lost her hair numerous times and endured brain radiation. While driving with her cousin to get yet another radiation treatment she smiled and said, “You know, every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.” We invite you to join us on December 4th, her birthday, in celebrating her life by being the good in the lives of those around you (#bethegood).
Martha was my cousin and best friend. To say I miss her would be a huge understatement. Her life was a blessing to all who knew her. She was so good, so kind, so loving and extremely talented. For years she was a teacher and she touched the lives of countless students. After her teaching career she became a reading specialist and inspired teachers throughout her county and state.
Years ago (actually decades ago) Martha made me a Christmas sweatshirt that I still wear. Yes, the shirt is a little faded and tattered in places but I still love it and every year I wear it and remember Martha.
Way Back When
There was only 6 months difference in our ages and even though we lived in different states, we remained close from the time we were tiny all through our lives.
Martha is on the left and I’m on the bike. Her smile and laugh were infectious. If I close my eyes I can still hear her laughing.
Our last trip together was to the Florida Keys. We ate breakfast at Blue Heaven. Toured Hemingway’s house. Enjoyed a dip in the ocean. It was a wonderful trip and we made so many wonderful memories.
There’s no shortage of good things that need doing in this world. Won’t you join us on December 4th, Be the Good Day and do something kind for someone else?
The following video was made on the way to Martha’s brain radiation treatment. I share it every year as a reminder of the power of faith and optimism in the face of adversity.
One of her favorite scriptures- Philippians 4:4-7Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Martha Temple Todd 1956-2015