Remember to Love Life

Life can change in an instant.  I know we hear phrases like that all the time, but sometimes that phrase is given new meaning.  It happens now and then — probably because we have a tendency to get caught up and forget how fragile life can be.

The other day, my friend had posted a photo wishing for a friend in another circle to stay strong.  I asked her what was wrong.  She told me that this friend had suddenly stopped breathing and was — by the time I talked to her — pronounced braindead.  He was doing nothing extreme.  He was at home with his family when it happened.  There were no warning signs; he was simply happy and healthy.  Next thing you know, he was gone.  He was supposed to turn 30 this month.

My heart’s broken.  What could possibly justify such a situation?  How come there were no warning signs?

I sat and pondered these things and reminded myself how fortunate I am to have… life.  It’s important to remember that.  Not every day is promised.  So many times I sit and wonder how nice life would be if I had this or could do that, but when it all comes down to it, I have more than enough in life.  If I fell ill tomorrow, I have more riches in my life than the world could ever offer.  Why do we always get caught up in wanting this or that?  Why do we need terrible situations to happen to remind us of what beautiful, amazing things we already have?

It’s a beautiful day.  It’s a beautiful life.  Enjoy it!  Every moment.  In the words of the wonderful Maya Angelou, “Life loves the liver of it.”  Keep that in mind when you find yourself waking up in the morning and breathing in that crisp, autumn air.


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