For the past few weeks I’ve been following the story of the family whose plane vanished in the Idaho mountains after Thanksgiving. They finally found the plane this last week. I have felt so heartbroken for the mother who lost five members of her family, including her husband and two adult children.
After having dealt with my own grief recently (it will be three months since Goodwin’s passing this week) and after following this story, I have been really affected by the idea that we should love deeply – today. Life is unpredictable and for some of us very unforgiving. I am convinced that if we will enjoy and deeply love our families now, we will find more peace when they are gone. Helen Keller says it best,
What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Most nights when I go to sleep I think about Sophie, Ellie and Goodwin and how much I love them. I think about how I can be more present in their lives and how I can create a loving bond of friendship with them. But then a new day begins and I can be impatient and they can be frustrating. Sometimes it’s hard to love. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy life. I tend to get so wrapped up in my own interests that I spend less time with those who matter. I think about how great life will be in a few months that I forget to enjoy today.
So those are my goals for the new year: love deeply and enjoy today. What are yours?