“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
I am grateful that I woke up today to see the sunshine.
I am grateful that nothing, absolutely nothing, happens by coincidence.
I am grateful that G-d led me to my Love when I was ready to give up, and sent me on the ride of my life.
I am grateful that after my Love died I decided to go to a meeting (and left after five minutes because I couldn’t bear to be around people). But in those five minutes, my friend Karen Pacovsky Cooper gifted the book “Permission to Mourn” by Tom Zuba that presented ideas that changed the trajectory of my grief journey.
I am grateful that I was able to connect with the author, Tom Zuba, via facebook and listen to his live feeds every day since Rona to gain new insights that precipitated my healing process.
I am grateful for grief and mourning. They taught me lessons that I will never forget.
I am grateful for the support of family and friends who have managed to contact me at just the right time when I needed an encouraging word — even when I didn’t reach out first.
I am grateful for the genuine, generous, kind, man who texted “Pull your ass back” at just the right time. He unknowingly saved my life.
I am grateful that I no longer need to stuff emotions – that I am comfortable with my thoughts, even the dark thoughts. That I have the tools to move through internal grief to external mourning to the lifelong process of healing.
I am grateful that my Love, who always wanted to travel to outer space and beyond, was granted his wish and was launched from excruciating pain and suffering into an eternity in the presence of G-d.
I am grateful that the veil between heaven and earth is slim. I can talk to him and he can still communicate with me when he chooses -through signs, dreams, and occasionally Out Loud.
I am grateful for everyone in my life who serves as a reason, a season, or a lesson on my path.
I am eternally grateful that I am still here on this planet, that my dark side did not win the battle for my soul.
I cannot wait to see what G-d has in store for me next.