Out of sadness …

Last week was a very hard week for our family. Our granddaughter unexpectedly passed away. Many times during the last week, the sadness and pain seemed unbearable. But out of this tragedy also comes good things. We’ve received many, many expressions of sympathy and love – so much so that we’ve been a bit overwhelmed by it all. Those expressions really do help – perhaps more than I ever anticipated. Simply letting someone know that you care matters. It doesn’t take much —  for every kind word matters. Our family was certainly comforted by it all.

Yes, we will continue to be sad at times as we work through our grief because we will greatly miss our granddaughter. Life has changed. But we will also move forward and experience the joys in life again – as she would want us to do. Already we have seen family relationships become stronger and friendships renewed. I am fully convinced that those things will only get better as time goes on.

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Cherish others …

It’s Sunday morning and I am listening to the national news – telling the story of the horror in Paris. Several times they showed a picture of a man, kneeling close to one of the people covered in a white sheet. The man would lift the cover, put it down again, and lift it again. I wonder if it was someone he knew, someone he cherished. Although the news clip was short, he remained kneeling, seemingly unable to leave.

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This tragedy, along with other recent horrific news, once again highlights the importance of relationships. It highlights the impermanence of life. It highlights the value of treasuring your family members and friends. (I use friend in the broadest sense.) It highlights the importance of caring for yourself. Life is a journey – but unlike a planned trip, we never know the ending point. Best made plans often never happen. But plans are part of life, so continue making plans – with the simple caveat that you plan to take care of those you treasure along the way.

As you go about your day, think about some of the last words from Steve Jobs: “Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well. Cherish others.” 

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