I understand that even in the best conditions, awful things happen. A loss of a loved one, unemployment, disease or accidents, among other disparities, can and will happen during our lifetimes. In fact, one or more of these events are almost guaranteed. We are, after all, mere mortals. The truth is that we are all born with our own expiration dates. Life is a priceless gift that should never be taken for granted yet on the other hand, it shouldn't be lived through anxiety and stress.
There are many things that I treasure in my life. I treasure my children and grandchildren; and just thinking about them brings me joy.
Some of us have been given gifts to lead, others gifts to write or teach and still others have gifts that share joy and laughter. Sometimes our gifts are a heavy burden but nonetheless, they are ours to behold.