This morning I had the opportunity to go to a funeral for a wonderful young woman who touched the lives of many. She was one of the happiest, positive, charitable and giving people on the earth. She may not have been able to give much at times, but she gave all that she could.
This is the second funeral I have been to in the last 6 months. The previous one was in December for my grandfather. Both of these two experiences have made me reflect on a few things.
Live – Laugh – Love
We hear this phrase a lot, and often times it is printed on frames, pillows, clothing, etc. But as I have been sitting here thinking and pondering about these two wonderful people who are now in Heaven, it has made me see it in a new way.
We are here on earth living life. But we aren’t just meant to drag ourselves from year to year, sulk over another birthday as we get older, or even just “hang in there”. We are meant to LIVE each day with purpose and with a smile. Now that doesn’t mean that every day will be good, but we shouldn’t be afraid to take those risks. We shouldn’t be afraid to do the things we have always wanted to do. If you have a dream, make it a reality. If you have a bucket list, make it come to life. Live every day like it is your last. Tell everyone around you how much you love and appreciate them.
This one is pretty simple, but one that I think is so important. We need to be able to laugh in this life. We need to be able to laugh at ourselves when we mess up, laugh with others, laugh when things don’t go “right”, just laugh, laugh, laugh.
“Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured” – Gordon B. Hinckley
Wow. What a true statement. We should be enjoying life, not just getting by each day. If we are glad for every day that ends, and dreading every morning we have to get up, may I suggest a change be made. While there may be days, weeks, or months where we may feel like that, overall we should feel joyful for each day that we have. And if we aren’t, may we examine our lives and see what we need to change or do differently to laugh just a little more.
Love. Such a small yet powerful word. Both my grandfather and this wonderful woman were such marvelous examples of love. There are many people that I know who just radiate love all the time. Even love towards complete strangers. It’s amazing! We should love the life we have, and if you aren’t happy with something – Change it! We must show love to those around us. We never know when our mortal lives will end on this earth, so we should always make sure that those around always know how much we care. We should love our lives as well. Love what God has given you, what you have worked for, and what lies ahead.
My grandfather died of old age. He ended up having cancer, and of course as someone in their 90’s, there wasn’t much to be done. The other angel whose funeral I went to today was much younger with 2 children who also died of cancer. One thing that they both taught me and many others was to be grateful for your health. As you get older, it becomes harder to walk, and you can’t do everything you used to be able to do. Which for my grandfather was very hard because he was a very strong willed and independent person. Jaime, the other angel, had trouble breathing on her own, couldn’t walk, was in extreme pain, etc. She reminded many of us that we often take the little things for granted – such as breathing without thinking, walking up a flight of stairs, feeding yourself, or even able to walk to the bathroom without a problem.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, the point I am trying to make is that I hope we can all take a step back and appreciate the “little” things in our lives that we may take for granted.
Learn to Live, Laugh, and Love
Life is full of trials and hard times. But there are plenty of moments to live, to laugh, and to show love. I hope that as we journey through this life on earth we remember to take the time to enjoy it. For the good moments will outweigh the bad.
“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead”
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley