When we lose a loved one or come close to death, we realize how fleeting life really is. The death of a loved one or a family member, especially an unexpected death, brings us face to face with the realization that death is imminent. This realization can be frightening especially if a person feels they have not had the opportunity to fully enjoy their life. Although this is a valid feeling, death does not care about how we feel. It’s going to happen, whether we like it or not. It does not negotiate with anyone.
Death reminds us that tomorrow is not promised. I’m not trying to be a Debbie downer, I’m just simply stating the facts. All we have been given is today! We spend our lives planning and preparing for the future in hopes that we will live long enough to enjoy it. There is nothing wrong with planning for the future, don’t get me wrong. In fact, it is a necessary part of life but should not be our primary focus. How we live out today should be our primary focus. After all, today is the only day we have control over. We cannot determine how tomorrow is going to be but we can decide to live today to the fullest as if it is our last.
Let’s decide to live in love, forgiving those that have hurt us and appreciating the opportunities we have to spend with our love ones. Let’s not take life for granted! Extend love to those around you, regardless of how they may have treated you. Let’s be kind to one another, striving to live in harmony. Let go of the bitterness and resentment, don’t allow it to ruin your life. You only get one life to live, so don’t allow certain situations to keep you from enjoying it.
Another thing to keep in mind, is what legacy will you leave behind for the children to inherit? I am not talking about material things. Although material things are good, there is more to life than that. Are you a person of an integrity? Can people rely on you? Are you trustworthy? How do you treat people? Are you a parent that talks and listens to their children or are you someone that barks orders at them all the time? Do you tell your loved ones you love and appreciate them?
These are the attributes of a person that really stick around long after they have left the earth. This also makes life joyful and exciting. Taking the time to enjoy the moment with family members and friends can lead to true fulfillment. All the successes in the world cannot bring that kind of joy.
It is my desire to live that kind of life. A life full of love and appreciation for people. To be an example to those around me, leading the way to a brighter future. I humbly ask you to join me in this pursuit. Let us make this world a better place by choosing to live one day at a time, lifting each other up in love.
Until we meet again, stay blessed and keep the faith!