The importance of gratitude

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Bonnie was always seen with her cheater glasses around her neck, sunglasses in hand; an incredibly large purse with everything but the kitchen sink in it; her water bottle and her large set of keys which were attached to a lanyard.

On Friday, I attended the funeral of my best friend’s mother and my second mom.

She had been formally diagnosed with cancer on Friday January 4 and passed away on Tuesday, January 8 – a mere four days following her official diagnosis and at least one month sooner than the doctors originally anticipated. The cancer was quite sneaky. She experienced no overt signs or symptoms until the month before her formal diagnosis. And by then, the cancer was so advanced that even if she hadn’t passed away this week, very little could have been done.

Her health deteriorated quickly in the final two days. The cancer turned a vibrant, social, strong woman into a physically weakened but fidgety shell of a person who could not get comfortable.

Her passing was a shock to her family and will be a shock to the many friends and acquaintances who weren’t even aware that she was ill.

For me, her passing is a cruel reminder that truly we have no control over our time on earth.  It is a reminder of the importance of expressing gratitude in the moment, immediately. Because there might not be a tomorrow to express your gratitude.

And so, without wasting any further moments, I am here to say I am grateful to have known her.  I am grateful to have been a part of her life.  I am grateful for all the wonderful memories we created together over the years.

Rest in peace Bonnie, and know that your legacy is a lesson in the importance of gratitude.

3 thoughts on “The importance of gratitude

  1. Liz, I am so very sorry that you lost your “second Mom”. She sounds like she was wonderful and your words about her are most touching.
    I’ll be thinking of you and her family. Take care.

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