Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I received some very sad news last night. A friend of mine passed away at a very young age - just 28 and newly married. She had endured an 8 year struggle with a rare form of cancer that brought her close to the brink of death several times. We weren't particularly close (more friend of a friend), but I liked her instantly when I met her as she was one of those rare & special people that inspire you with their courage and kindness. When I heard of her passing, I was struck with profound sadness and an urge to take stock of my own existence
The truth is that I've spent a great deal of the past few years licking my own wounds - dealing with depression, failed relationships, loss/illness and other hardships in unhealthy ways. If I'm being honest with myself, my actions have not reflected my true inner strength and wisdom. My beautiful friend is a great example of overcoming adversity and living every ounce of life. I find myself both saddened and inspired...how dare I not seize every moment of time that God has given me, when others have not been as fortunate? I don't intend to shame myself as negative self-talk never has a positive outcome. Instead, I plan to follow her example and seize opportunities to really live in the now, enjoy what I've been given and take care of myself and those I love.
When we lose one of our brightest stars, it's up to us to raise our own vibrations to shine a little brighter.