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Life, as I see it: Date to date

We’re all going to die. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.

In the last few days I’ve whined to myself about the boredom and restrictions we deal with these days. Mainly my thoughts have been about poor me and little else.

But, yesterday it abruptly stopped.

Yesterday, a message from a dear friend brought my world to a full, shattering stop.

She let me know that she has been diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness.

How can this happen? She’s the shining star among us. She’s always the one to give of herself. A shoulder for the rest of us. She’s the friend who loves us the most even when we’re ugly.

She recently told me that she sometimes gets annoyed with people in her life but that she doesn’t stop loving them. “When I love you, it’s unconditionally and forever,” she said.

Devastated as I was at her news, she brought me back with these words: “Please, for me, spend a day or two being pissed and then enjoy the time you’ve been gifted…anything else would be wasted energy.”

My friend is not angry or frightened with the hand she’s been dealt. It’s the rest of us who struggle.

Her advice to the rest of us is that we all have a date to be born and a date to die. From date to date, take my friend’s advice and make the most of the time you’ve been gifted.

I’m going to appreciate my life. I’ve been gifted a good one and I have no reason to whine. I’m a list maker. My list for today will be all of the good things in my life. Sure, it’s a hard world out there these days, but we’ve handled worse days in the past.

Yep, make a list. What are the good things in your life?

Life is good today.

Kathy Craigo
Kathy Craigo
Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at kcraigo66@hotmail.com.

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