“The life you want begins by embracing the life you have”—Rob Bell
This month, I have a special message to share with you.
We all get just one chance on this roller coaster called life. Some days may be better than others, but it is important that you always be committed to the ride and equip yourself with a positive mindset.
Life is short. I am only 52 years old, but I ‘ve already lived more than half my life. However, I try to make the most of every day. My friend Eric Lofholm says that you should play at an 8, 9 or 10 level of effort every day.
I want to dedicate my blog this month to those who have lost loved ones in the past. My heart especially goes out to all the families who have lost loved ones over the last 18 months due to COVID-19. Do you know someone that is no longer with us?
I was inspired to write this piece as a tribute to my mom. She died one year ago; she took her last breath in her sleep. If you have to go, I guess there’s no better way. I try to think about all the good memories, the stories, the gatherings, the meals, the personalized cards and the laughs. My mom knew how to embrace life, and she had a smile that could light up a room. It really was contagious. She taught all of us to live, to laugh and to love.
Recently, I’ve been through a rough patch with personal losses. In less than three weeks, I lost a 51-year-old classmate, a 62-year-old friend and a 30-year-old cousin. All three of them died way too early; each was loved by both family and friends. The fact of those cherished people not being in the world anymore is simply tragic. It is a horrible pain—one that we all deal with when we lose someone we’re close to and that we care about.
My family and I must remember all the good times that we spent with our loved ones. I know that with those recent 3 deaths we’ve really lost a lot, but I also know that we now have 3 more Angels in Heaven. My mother, Camille, has personally greeted each one of them with open arms.
I want to share with you 10 simple things to consider for living a better life:
- Don’t take life for granted.
- Enjoy every moment of every day.
- Stop and smell the flowers.
- Savor your favorite morning coffee or tea.
- Enjoy each meal with family members.
- Call up an old friend just because you can.
- Visit your parents and spend quality time with them.
- Always look for the good in others.
- Always love deeply. Make sure that you tell people every day that you love them.
- Embrace Life! You only live one life.
Those are my ideas, but I would hope that you will reflect a moment and come up with your own list of things that are vital to consider. You know, I’ve spent a lot of time mulling over these concepts, so I could have listed 100’s of things, but I limited it to just 10 because I believe they are that important.
In summary, I just wanted to share the message of Enjoying Life with you. Remember that time and positive reflections can help you through the darkest days.
Please let me know if this piece was helpful. Did you take anything away from this piece?
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