"Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have." -Unknown
I found this quote today, and it really spoke to me. This is just so true, profound in it's simple message, but something we take for granted.
Yesterday I found out a woman I went to Jr. High with passed away. She was only 40 years old. I had not spoken to or seen her in many years, but I always remembered her with kindness. We worked together in the office before school started in the morning. We always had fun together. Throughout high school I would say hi in passing, she was a couple years younger, so we didn't really hang out in the same circle of friends.
From what I gather, it sounds as though she passed quickly and suddenly, of a brain anuerism. She was a beautiful lady, I was her "friend" on Facebook, so I had seen recent pictures of her, and she was still the pretty girl I remembered from all those years ago. When something like this happens, it stops me cold in my tracks. Life is so precious, it can be taken away so quickly, and without warning. We say this all the time, but I don't think it really sinks in until something like this happens. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and sadness her close friends and family must be feeling right now. She was simply too young. It just doesn't seem fair.
I try to find the "reason" when things like this happen. Maybe it's not for me to know. I have to continue to believe that there is a reason for everything that happens in life, but this is difficult.
I can only hope that those people that were closest to Cara find a little peace in the memories they have of her and will always be able to keep that in their hearts.
I think today, I will not worry if all the laundry gets done, or how many weeds are growing in my garden. I will spend the day with my daughter and appreciate what I do have and not worry about what I don't.
Peace to you.