I learned two things this week. One, live your best life and two, stop griping. I met a Holocaust survivor, Eva Brown. And a friend died. Both lived completely different lives, came from different worlds but each one lived their best life the only way they could. Eva's faith, that her father instilled in her while growing up, is what helped her to be a survivor. It also helped her to "forgive" and continue to live after she was liberated. Not an easy thing to do especially after loosing several members of her family. The best way to describe her is that she radiates peace. Sounds corny but I have no other words for her demeanor. She uses her voice to reach thousands about the cruelties of hatred and to show them that it is possible to come out of something very ugly and build a new life and live it to it's fullest. And to think, I tried to back out of going to this presentation. Walking 1/2 mile with a bunch of 6th - 8th graders is not my cuppa tea. LOL! But see how life works? Things happen for a reason. This woman impressed me so much it's been helping me to deal with "what is" because it can always be a whole lot worst. A whole whole lot worst.
The other thing that happened to me was the death of a friend. Very unexpected. Yeah, one of those. I still don't know all the details because he was in Las Vegas with his wife. This man was a friend to everyone. He recently retired from teaching and has a grandson at our school. He made lots of book donations to our school library and most recently he was giving several lesson plans he no longer needs to teachers for ideas, use, etc. He lived his life doing what he loved and he LOVED teaching and talking. LOL! He was a giver and great supporter to his grandson. He is proof that you never know when you're gonna go so make sure you live your best life.
No one should tell you how to live your life unless you're harming yourself but you should make sure to live a life you love and live it to it's fullest the way you can. Appreciate what you have and stop griping cause it can always be a lot worst. A whole, whole lot worst.