Okay full disclaimer. For Thanksgiving, this post may be a bit of a downer but read it anyway.
I am not sure where I came across this quote but I know I posted it a lot before mom died six months ago today. In looking back, the universe was trying to tell me something but I did not know that. I mean, we all know that all living things must die. That is a certainty but the last thing I expected was that mom would be gone from our lives this soon. You see, I thought we had plenty of time, many more years ahead. How did I know that? Was I promised that? No, I just assumed that it would be so.
For some reason, I kept posting this, I thought it was real deep and I imagined myself a real deep and intuitive person to post it. There were other things that in hindsight were signs that a life changing event was close at hand but I could not and did not hear or see them for what they were. But that’s a whole other blog.
Today, all I want to say is as we give thanks on this day, give thanks for your loved ones, for the family and friends in your life. Really give thanks and show thanks. Show love, show kindness, speak love, speak kindness. For even though it is much cliched, it is true what they say, life is short and it is NOT a dress rehearsal for some other grander life than this one. No, this is it. This life with all its flaws, with all it’s ups and downs, and joys and sorrows, is it. In other words, do not put off what you can say or do today.
This is not to say that I did not show my mom love, or kindness or give gratitude for her. I did. But had I known the end of our time together was so near, I would have done and said so much more and been so much more intentional and deliberate about it.