Heightened Mortality Salience

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on the brevity of our lives. We are all here only temporarily.

This year to date, I’ve attended funerals, for both my aunt and my uncle. They were both deaths on my mother’s side of my family.

Friends of mine since high school recently experienced the loss of their beloved mother. She had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease, as well as dementia.

I happen to be involved in a relationship with a man who was unexpectedly widowed last year. The one-year anniversary of her passing is soon approaching.

All of these experiences have caused me to reflect on the need to focus on what truly matters in our hectic, fast-paced lives. It’s all too easy to get sidetracked in our busy lives by issues that, ultimately, are completely irrelevant.

Choose to actively focus more on your blessings, as opposed to your burdens. Decide to see the value of your particular trials, rather than just the pain that they happen to inflict.

Be thankful for the very gift of life itself. Wake up each morning with the intention to be a blessing to others you happen to meet along the way.

Experiencing multiple chronic illnesses has forced me to realize that everything that you take for granted can be taken away. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. Without your consent.

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