A toast to life

by Jan on June 22, 2011

“Dance as though no one is
watching you.
Love as though you have never been hurt before.
Sing as though no one can hear you.
Live as though heaven is on earth.”

When a life-altering event occurs, like the loss of someone special, I make this resolution – I will live every moment of my life to the fullest.

And I mean it. But, it never turns out like that.  I resolve and I forget, postpone or delay those good intentions.

Last week I received an email telling me my good friend had lost one of her special, life long buddies. They remained very close through the years, through thick and thin—a lifetime of friendship.

When I called my friend to ask how she is doing with this loss, she said:
“I sat beside her in hospice and told her all the things I have loved about her, our friendship and those things I regret.”

Then she said:
“Now it feels strange because life really does go on. A good friend dies, and yet, you still need to go the grocery store. Life goes on.”

If it is your life that goes on—enjoy it.

There it is—another reminder to do what every heart instinctively knows.
Be kind.
Love yourself.
Laugh as often as you can.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.

“Dance as though no one is watching you and sing as though no one can hear you.”

L’chaim—to life.