Life can be hard. It can be good. Sometimes it is messy. Or peaceful. Full of joy, full of heartache.
And let me say it loud and clear -- some things in our lives are downright ugly.
But let me also say loud and clear -- it is beautiful. It is a gift. It is ours and we are free to do with it what we want.
You might think, "Yeah, but you don't know my life..."
You are right. I don't. But I do know my friend who witnessed her parents and brother murdered before her eyes when she was ten. Life was hard, IS hard, but she smiles every single day. She laughs. She loves those around her. She enjoys life -- her life, with all its complexities.
And my other friend -- one who just got diagnosed with a terminal illness, way too early in life to be faced with what that means. And yet she LIVES. She struggles, for sure, but then she gets on the phone and laughs and makes plans and enjoys her time with those around her.
There are so many others, friends and acquaintances and friends of friends who have shown me what the power of mind over matter -- thoughts over circumstances -- can do.
So, my one piece of advice? Love your life. Yes, YOURS. With all its ups and downs. It is the only one you've got, so make the most of it.
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