We are all on a journey. Better health. New career. Love and loss. Often we are so focused on moving that we don’t stop to appreciate the moments. The death of our son Noah altered the course of my life in profound ways. It is the kind of loss you never get over, but over time, grief compelled me to live differently, to learn more about myself and to focus on this moment rather than rethinking yesterday and stressing about tomorrow.
Appreciating moments is just one of Noah’s gifts to me. He has taught me so many things. I could easily have been consumed by grief, and in the beginning I could not have imagined I would ever smile again, let alone live a fuller life, more present and aware of the blessings all around me. But thanks to the love and support of family, the insight and guidance of an amazing grief therapist, the wisdom shared by my coach and the special friends who sat with me in the darkness and helped guide me toward the light, I continue to grow.
Today I am healthier, more creative and more fully present. I am grateful for the journey. Of course I would give anything to have my son back, but since that is not an option, I live my life more open and aware, grateful for the lessons he has taught me.