Saturday, October 29, 2011

Life Goes On

'Fall tree branch leaves along river' photo (c) 2011, Forest Wander - license: I stop and think about how life goes on regardless of our presence, it makes me stop to think.  If for some reason I don't make it to tomorrow and life goes on without me, will I leave a contribution worth remembering?    I believe we should strive to make the world and ourselves better everyday.  If we are simply existing, what's the point?  The value in our lives isn't made up of the dollars in our bank accounts but rather the richness we add to the world we live in.  Do we add to the value of our world or are we depreciating it's value?  We have a limited amount of time to make a difference while we are here.  Life goes on without you. What contribution will you leave?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

No Guarantees

'Autumnal Still Life' photo (c) 2011, David Blackwell. - license:
Throughout my life I've been told several times that life has no guarantees.  However, it is easy to live day to day and expect things to continue on the path you planned.  The hardest part grieving Erica has been the reminder that life has no guarantees.  I have tried to take a more "carpe diem" approach to life but I haven't fully embraced the idea.  Sometimes it's hard to change.  Sometimes it's hard to take a chance when you know there is no guarantee.  I do believe that life is what we make it and even when things don't go as planned we still have a choice in the way we handle it. 
“Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.”  ~Erich Fromm