Friday, September 2, 2011

Lessons from the grave

Sophie died peacefully on August 31st at around noon. I miss her but I have no regrets. There was never a time when I was not attentive to her and I did everything I could to give her the best three years of her life.

As a result, although I am sad, I am not consumed by grief or remorse. Once again Sophie has taught me some life lessons even in death and here the are:

Lesson one:
Tell everyone you care about that you love them and SPEND TIME WITH THEM. Nothing is more important than that.

Lesson Two:
Live today as if it is your last day, as it may be. Don't hesitate to take that trip, or to check out a garden. You only live in this moment. Love while you can, never take your loved ones for granted as they may not be there the next day. The day before Sophie died, I took her for a walk to her petstore and bought her (as usual) anything she wanted. I did not know it would be her last outing.

Lesson Three:
I used my energy and knowledge to comfort Sophie in life and death. The rewards that brought me and the peace are immeasurable. When you love completely and give your heart to another, your heart grows, you become a changed person. Love cannot be bottled inside of us, it needs to be expressed.