The sun sets on another day…

Tonight as the sun set I was driving. The sun hit the horizon and suddenly it looked like there was nothing there but the sun. It looked so huge as though the world were about to be swallowed like a mini goldfish. Then a hill passed and the view was gone.

I’ll tell you wholeheartedly that thinking about all of the “what ifs” in life can drive you start raving mad. There is always another way, another path, and another outcome that could have been. Take a deep breath with me for just a moment no matter how good or how bad your life is and realize that you are who you are because of all that has happened to you.

As some of you may know my little sister faced the worst possible thing in the world a few years ago. We spent six months writing a book called “What NOT to Say to People Who are Grieving” and along the way we talked more than we had for most of our adult life. Part of our conversations were surrounding some of the horrible things that happened to us during our childhood. I will not put any details here but suffice it to say that most people would have no point of reference as to how we dealt with our day-to-day. In the end we both turned out to be pretty good people.

Now some people would say that we did that in spite of what we faced. In reality we became who we are partially because of what we faced and all the challenges we had to deal with from day-to-day.

It is with that in mind that I just say I am thankful for all the good and bad that I have gone through as it has made me who I am. Some people may be surprised, but I like who I am and I like what I have become.

Now I want you to repeat that after me. All you have to do is acknowledge that you like who you are and you like who you have become. Can you do that? Can you take that step and let the world know that you like being you? At bare minimum take one minute and smile or laugh or do whatever you like to do and realize that you’re alive and it is the greatest gift you can be given.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment. I am happy you are you and I hope you are too. Believe in who you are and if you want to change, super, make your changes. If you don’t, be the best that you can be every day and enjoy your life, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and thanks for being you…