Whatever you may believe, no matter how much you have or don't have, whatever struggles you may be experiencing, take time each day to give thanks. I am overwhelmed by how much I've been able to accomplish and experience. I am immensely thankful for my health- that I am able to hear, see, speak, taste, think and feel. I will be honest I take a lot of things for granted and sometimes I let my shortcomings get the best of me. Moving forward I hope that I can be thankful each and every day of my life.
This life isn't guaranteed nor do I necessarily deserve it. In any instance everything in my life could go away. That is why I hope that I listen more to the people I love. I hope to spend more time with them. I hope to live a simple life doing something I love. I hope the people I love know that I love them. I hope to say it and express it more often.
This was all brought up because of the devastation in Nepal and even Chile (where the volcano erupted). The photos are heartbreaking. Lives ended, homes destroyed. I have been terrified for so long of a massive earthquake that is due for the PNW. Hearing about Nepal doesn't help my fear and my heart hurts for those who are suffering. I will find out how to help and will do whatever I can.
In the midst of all this I can see hope. As long as we band together and help each other (whether in Nepal or beyond) Nepal will be rebuilt.
The takeaway is this: be thankful every day and know that life isn't guaranteed. But one thing that is guaranteed is hope. Always have hope and help those who can't help themselves.