I am a true believer in reflection. In doing so it does put things into their proper perspective. As the clock of life ticked on Nov. 8, I reached another milestone—50 years of age. Wow! Just yesterday I was partying like its 1999 and doggone it was. Time may fly, but life can seem to go as fast as the speed of sound.
Therefore as I relaxed in the sun, on the beautiful beach on the magnificent island of Oahu my mental DVD player came on and I reflected in increments of 10.
Being born in the early part of the ‘60s, I was too young to know all that was happening in the world-- from JFK, MLK and RFK being assassinated, to the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Civil Rights Movement. However in 1972 my awareness was peaked with the brutal murder of my 15 year old uncle. At the age of 10, I started to have an appreciation for life through death. In 1982 my beloved grandmother was needed in heaven and my appreciation for life increased even more. Tragically in 1992 my younger sister died in her sleep. Again that brought forth a greater appreciation for life.
Over the past 20 years I haven’t experienced any other close relatives passing (thank God) but my overall appreciation for life has grown as if it was a planted field and I’m enjoying the harvest.
Life is a blessing. Life is a gift. Life is to be treasured. Life shouldn’t be wasted. Please don’t let a death be the catalyst for you to appreciate your own life. Allow the message contained in the above words touch the spirit of life that breathes in each of us. And for those that missed it—APPRECIATE LIFE!