I know this all too well.
This day always reminds me to try to appreciate what amazing memories I have of those I’ve long since lost and to never forget to be thankful for those I still have and the moments I am fortunate to experience now.
Great Loss does not negate a future of beautiful people, places and moments, though when we have lived through it, there are hours, days and years it may seem to impossible to believe. . .
So today, perhaps more than other days, I am thankful for 3 lovely boys, a husband who will go anywhere and do anything I’d ask, a little farm full of the creatures I’ve loved since girlhood. . .for years of being able to save horses in an area where they previously lacked a voice. . .
And I am thankful for having had the most cherished sister the world could have known, to have been able to love someone so much, and have held her in such high esteem, her loss could hurt me so deeply,
To have grown up with two younger brothers so unique and intelligent, I can easily be swept away in dreaming what life would be like had they lived longer with me. . .
And to have known a Father that touched an entire region in such a way his name is still and will always be spoken with a rare type of reverence that shakes a person to the core. . .regardless of how long he has been gone.
And I will try to remember to not let the loss of those amazing lives prevent me from remembering how many new lives I’ve met and love deeply today. Lives I’d never have known had there never been so much tragedy because I’d never have looked beyond all I had for something to fill such a void. My walk would have been so different had they stayed, but I recognize that I would be weaker, more selfish and less thankful without the journey I’ve taken to be here today.
So with that, no matter where or what, I imagine you too can find a reason to be appreciative, to be thankful.