Monthly Archives: June 2012

Taken Too Young

I would have entitled this ‘Taken Too Soon’, but as I am not the Lord of Time, it is not mine to say when is too soon. Last weekend, Theresa’s nephew passed away suddenly. He suffered a medical malady throughout his life. Although this malady restricted our culture’s expectations of this young man, he touched the lives of very many. During the viewing there were hundreds of people who paid respects to the family. There was a steady stream of visitors for four hours. His mother told Theresa that her son knew each one of them.

In this young man’s life, he made an impact on many individuals. He always greeted everyone with a smile and a big “Hi.” He lived in the moment. He loved movies and excelled at remembering the dialog. He loved live music. And he loved to dance (see a video of him below). In his short life, he taught those around him to accept that which cannot be changed and enjoy the moments as they come.

He died much too young. A few months ago, a young girl passed away from cancer. She passed much too young. I still do not understand why medical maladies afflict those so young. I never will.

These young people teach us that life is uncertain, that the end can come at any time. They teach us that we must appreciate the time that we have. That time is fleeting and that our life is precious. Our life should not be wasted on things that waste our time or does not help us grow. This is a lesson that that we all can appreciate. Thanks Matt.

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People in Your Life

People enter our lives for specific reasons and for different lengths of time. It can be for a moment, a season, or for a lifetime. I think this video does a good job presenting this idea.

Joy of Laughter

Laughter can add joy to your life.  It helps to reduce stress and improve your mood. Studies have shown that laughter boosts the immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing antibodies and immune cells. By naturally releasing endorphins, laughter makes you feel better and lessen pain.

A good laugh helps to distract you. The laughter it might even allow you to see situations in a different light. So to help yourself feel better: watch a funny movie; listen to your favorite comedian; share your funniest story with your friends, and loved ones; or play with your pets.  Looks for ways to increase your opportunities for laughter. Not only will it be healthier for you, but can improve relationships, promote healing both physical and emotional.

I hope you find a reason to laugh today. Find joy in simple laughter.