"Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say
good night till it be morrow"
This quote from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a
good description of our lives right now, when we are down to our two last weeks
in Spain after two lovely years in this interesting and beautiful
The sweetness comes from all the great times we have
had and from the fact that we make our goodbyes as great as we can with parties
(fiestas!) and meetings of different
James Dean supposedly said:
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if
you'll die today."
It's a great quote and maybe this approach may reduce
the sorrow of partings, but preparing for your own or a loved one's death on a
daily basis has practical limitations.
What I apply myself is Daily Gratitude.
Each morning when I wake up, I feel gratitude - not
for waking up, I am still at an age where I take that part for granted - but
for all the great things I have in my life; my husband, our children, our pets, our extended family and friends.
It only takes a minute or two but it can change the
entire day, your entire life.
There are studies that show that people who pray
regularly handle sorrow and disappointment better than those who do not. Since
I am not religious I did not use to pray, until a wise man opened my eyes for the obvious.
pray without being religious.”
My praying is not directed to any God. When I feel
gratitude, I express my gratitude to life, in whatever form that may be.
This habit ensures I do not take the people and things
around me for granted.
When you feel gratitude that a person is in your life
you are more likely to let them know, making each meeting with them vibrate with
happiness and energy.
If life decides that it is time for parting, your
gratitude will have made you more prepared so that even in deep sorrow, you
will be able to see the sweetness about having had this person in your life –
and having let them know how much they mean to you.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." Cicero
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