A personal post in honor of my daughter, Jodi.

I typically write Letters to Jodi — a personal blog to share the wisdom and jewels of life. Today, April 13th would have been Jodi’s twenty-eighth birthday; instead it’s the eighth birthday without her.  And what seems to be one of the saddest days in awhile — it is also one of the most meaningful days as her mother for I have much to be appreciative of those nineteen years.  Since there are no presents to open — I offer you some thoughts to live your life more fully:

A life is defined by the quality of your relationships.

The highest quality relationship we can have is unconditional love – endeavor to give it and aspire to achieve it.

What you decide to do for a living is choice and don’t be afraid to make changes if it isn’t bringing out the best of you.

You can get a true sense of someone’s character by how they treat others not like them.

Be wary of becoming too judgmental.  More often than not life has a way of eventually altering your perspective.

The issues we have with others often say more about us than them.

Start your day and ask yourself, “am I becoming the person I want to be?”  If not, make the necessary changes.

End your day with a practice of gratitude and prayer to those who helped make your journey easier.

In what was the final day of Jodi’s life, her surgeon did not know when the end would near but rather offered her an explanation to the question “why?”

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

As you go on your own journey, may you have a life well lived and celebrate.

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