It's February 3rd and the news this morning as well as facebook is blasting the details of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. A legend, hard worker, average man who achieved his dream of not just becoming an actor but a great actor. It's tragic he died at only 46 years old but even more tragic that he died because of an overdose as he has been battling addiction for a large part of his life (or so the news sources say).
A very large amount of my family has either used, still is addicted or lost their life or loved ones from drugs. It's sad to see the grip drugs can have over people and completely take over and in cases like this end lives.
However today I don't want to write about the sad effects of drugs in our world but rather about living....
When I turned on my computer this morning and saw the headlines I immediately thought of how "we" society show so much love and speak highly of those we love when they die.... and how deeply sad it is that in this culture in America we have "no time" to settle our rapidly moving selves to embrace, love, cherish and spend time with the ones we love. Maybe this is why there is so much grief and mourning when we lose loved ones because we have regret of not spending enough time.
So my question for you today is... who do you love?
I believe it's more important for us to have a few solid quality relationships rather than so many that we dilute ourselves and never really connect with others. Slow down enough to think about this.. about the people in your life... who adds to you and who takes away? Who brings positive energy and who walks in the room with a dark cloud over their head? And what do you bring as a friend? partner? lover? spouse? sister? brother? etc etc...
Take a look at the people you want to be a big part of your life and send them special messages, take time to pour into their lives and allow them to do the same for you. Slow down from this rat race in the US long enough to smell the flowers and enjoy it. Work hard on your dreams and remember it's better to be laser focused on a few things and make them work than running like a hamster in a wheel and not accomplishing more than saying just how "busy" you are.
What if you died tomorrow? Are you proud of the way you are living today? Have you left the world a better place because you were in it?
Let's reflect on life and death today so that we may live fuller lives and when we die or our loved ones do we cry tears of sadness for missing them but also of celebration for life. Today is a new day and new opportunity to change anything! Everything is Possible.
What are your thoughts?
Lots of love from Longboat Key:)
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