Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
Lao Tzu

One week ago I learned that my grand-aunt had died. She was missing for a little over 48hrs, she suffered from Depression, Dementia and Epilepsy. I remember praying night from the time I received that news that she was missing, that she would be found safe. Anyone who has ever lost anyone knows the feeling, so I won’t bore you with the details of emotions that swept through my body upon hearing the news, other than the distance only compounded those emotions. Death indeed reminds us of our immortality, it reminds us to never take anything for granted but most of all I think it reminds us most how important it is to LIVE.

At the age of 70 my aunt experienced just about everything there was to experience in life, the loss of her parents, close friends, a son and first love. All of whom she reminisced about often with fondness and I enjoyed hearing about her life’s journey just as much as she did sharing.

I found this poem that reminded me how important it is to experience LIFE.

Experience everything;
Times of sorrow, times of Joy.
Times of darkness, times of light.
Times of lost heart, times of hope.
Times of hate, times of love.
Times of pain, times of peace.
Times of distress, times of dancing.
Times of sickness, times of recovery of strength.
Times of loss, times of finding the way.
Times of wandering, times of wonder.
Times of failure, times of success.
Times of fall, times of rising.
Time of sowing, times of harvesting.
Times of injury, times of healing.
Times of waiting, times of fulfilled wish.
Times of praying, times of receiving the promise.
Times of ploughing, times of planting.
Times of dreaming, times of working to achieve the dream.
Times of doubt, times of Faith.
~Lailah Gifty Akita

Time may not heal all wounds but it does help us cope because each experience in life makes us stronger.

This is my contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to your blog.


~Happy Friday

©Etta D. Richards