The last few months I’ve been shocked to hear about unexpected deaths.Â Â Last monthÂ I lost a friend who justÂ celebrated herÂ 50th birthday.Â Last weekÂ a Â friend in her late 40’s passed.Â This week, a friend in his mid-40’s is battling for his life in the hopital.Â He is getting better, but he almost didn’t make it. Â Then,Â just a couple of days ago,Â I learned an acquaintanceÂ my age died.Â
Death reminds me to live!Â This afternoonon on my way home from a gathering toÂ celebrate my friend’s life, I happened to look into the sky and was taken by it’s beauty; a gorgeous shade of blue.Â I stopped, took in a deep breath, and was overcome with a since of gratitude.Â How fortunate I am to enjoy another dayÂ on planet Earth.Â Immediately I grabbed my cell phone and took a picture ofÂ this beauty that coversÂ us day and night.Â Â
Like a vaccuum the things I am grateful for came forward quickly.Â I am fortunateÂ to be American,Â to eat daily, to have family and friends, to love and be loved.Â Â Â Â I suppose because I still had my cell phone in my hand, it was one of the items on myÂ list.Â Â Then I thoughtÂ about how convenient the cell phone has become in my life.Â I don’t go anywhere without it;Â Â it’s Â usually the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing I look at before going bed.Â When I think about that it makes me sad.Â That’s not what I want.Â
Today’s lesson was another reminder toÂ enjoy the beauty surrounding me and to celebrate life!Â And although I will still carry my cell phone with me, Â it’s not going to be the first and last thing I look at.