I had the honor of being invited to a memorial of someone I never met.
It brought me back to losing my mom, my dad and other family that have passed away.
Of course my mom is the most recent and devastating ache. I get into these funks and luckily, receive messages that keep me in check as well.
Ironically, I just met someone recently and found out that she lost her mom also. That day was her moms birthday. These days are hard no matter how much time has passed. There is an ache that doesn't really ever disappear even if you are the mom now.
It also reminded me that we write our own story. At times we have great control over it. Other times it is a storm that we need to take cover from. From moment to moment, there are so many possibilities that we take advantage of and we think we always have so much time.
If it were all over today, how would you want your memorial to go? Do you think that the BS today or life you have been living is the one you want remembered by? Or are you one of those people that is content and doing the best you can do, without guilt or remorse? And what about happiness or joy? Do you feel like you are really living?
I need these alerts. These moments are grand reminders that life is so short. And so perfect. And so hard. And so blessed. When I receive these messages I love and appreciate my kids just a little more, I let my love show and want them to know how special they are. The people in our lives are not replaceable.
Embrace them while they are here. Let go of past guilt, remorse and resentments. Be the best you can be and know when to say you are sorry.
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is the present you give to yourself