Life lessons learned from a death

Swans in the sun 52836_StaatsThis past week has been a time of reflection.  The sudden and untimely death of my sister-in-law has remained fresh in my mind.  I appreciate all the comments and emails, the cards of concern, and the thoughts and prayers;  they’ve been helpful and comforting.  I’ve struggled with what lessons I can learn from this death and many things have come to mind:  (1) live a full life, each and every day, (2) plan for tomorrow, but live today, (3) don’t take anything or anyone for granted, (4) say “I love you” to the people you love, (5) extend a prayer of gratitude each morning for the grace of seeing the sun rise on yet another day.  I have a magnet that I have kept on the refrigerator door for the past 15 years.  So many days I don’t even notice it, but the words ring so true now:  “Live with intention.  Walk to the edge.  Do what you love.  Live as if this is all there is.”  – Mary Anne Radmacher