As the season’s change I reflect on the continuum of life, grief and death.
I think of all the people who have been in my life, jobs I’ve had and places I’ve been and where I am today. It reminds me that change is the only constant—everything is temporary.
There have been people in my life for just a moment, like a cameo appearance, who had a huge impact
and then I never saw them again. Like Cathy who convinced me to move to Texas from Louisiana.
I thought, “Aren’t there only cowboys and cactus in Texas?” But she convinced me otherwise.
And my life changed forever. My son Tyler was born in Texas. Cathy had a huge impact in my life,
but I haven’t seen her since. She was there for a reason.
Others are present in significant times like when raising children or going to school.
You share something so important, but then you may go in different directions. You are in each other’s lives for a season. There are those we hope will be with us for a lifetime; our spouse, our children,
our closest family and friends. Some will be there, others won’t. They may leave by choice
or their lives may end long before we wish.
I have grieved many who are no longer in my life. I am grateful for them despite the pain I felt when they left. We don’t always have that choice, but we can choose to love them as much as we can today,
live life to the fullest each and every day with them, and carry them with us in our hearts forever.
And they will be there for a lifetime.
Reason, Season, Lifetime…make the most of every moment now!
Yvonne Heath is a Canadian leader, Inspirational Speaker, Blogger, Television Host, Author and Creator of the #IJustShowedUp campaign.