A beautiful day reminds me that I’m grateful to be alive

After not much of a winter, we are experiencing an absolutely beautiful spring here in Southern Ontario. I am constantly surprised by the beauty of nature as I walk and drive around Burlington and Oakville. As we had such a mild winter, the trees and flowers are blooming early.  Of course, for those with seasonal allergies, it’s not nearly as nice! It’s interesting isn’t it, that there is always something to complain about, even when we are surrounded by beauty.

Earlier this week, I had a very tough time getting out of bed in the morning, I hadn’t slept very well, waking up every hour and feeling restless all night. I woke up exhausted, knowing that I had a full day and full week ahead of me. Then it occurred to me. I was awake.  I had been given the gift of another day of life on earth. Whether I was tired or not, I had another beautiful day to live my life. You see, last week, a beautiful young woman who was a former business associate of mine, was killed in a tragic accident. She was about the same age as me, with a family and two children. It was a sudden and very jarring reminder that the most important thing to be grateful for is to be ALIVE.

It is possible to forget that each day is a gift (that’s why it’s called the Present!) and that our time here is not only limited, it’s actually very short. One of my favorite quotes is

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

Because the truth is, none us of really know when it will be our last day. I have plans to live until I at least 90, of course, but I sure as heck want to make sure I make the best of all of those years in between.

Ask yourself this, are you making the most of your days? And are you taking the time to enjoy the beauty around you?

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