Friday, April 8, 2016
I have learned much over my 47 (OK, almost 48) years of life. The best and most important lesson I have learned is that time is a limited and valuable commodity. Cherish it. Revel in it. Do not take it for granted: not one day, one hour, one minute or even one second.
We often feel we have plenty of time to do the things in life we want, to share special moments with our spouses, our children, our siblings, our parents and our friends. Sometimes we are so busy we ignore those we should pay the most attention to. Sometimes we are hurt by others and shut them out of our lives, thinking we can consider forgiving them later. We have time to be angry and upset, we have time to let them know we are hurting.
In reality, we can only HOPE we have plenty of time, we do not actually know how much time we have. We are never really sure when our last conversation with someone will be or when a hug will be someone's last hug. We don't know if the last words we said to someone we care about will be the the last words they hear us say.
This is not meant to be a morose post, I am not a morose person. Let me say that each and every day we should be sure to enjoy it for what it is. To not take it for granted, to revel in it as much as possible and to go out of our way to make those in our lives happy.
Like all of us I have known loss, tragedy and heart break. I have also known joy, compassion and love. I choose to remember and cherish all the good I have experienced in my life. I choose to move on from the loss, tragedy and heart ache. I choose to not hold grudges against those that have hurt me, but to forgive and move forward. I choose to move forward and to not look back.
This is not as easy to do as it is to write. It is because it is difficult that I know it is worth doing. I'm done licking my wounds, I'm done living in the past.
Time flies. Tell your family and friends you love them. Forgive those who have wronged you. Be happy. Smile. Laugh.