As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend, I choose to remember my mom. She was a veteran, only of life, but I write today, to commemorate what would have been her 77th birthday. I took flowers to the beautifully flag-lined cemetary today, as I do most every week. Respect and remembrance are powerful as I drive through the gates. I want to always respect and never forget. With just weeks to live she looked at me and told me that "life is good." It was a powerful declaration in her weakened state and I know she had no idea that there was a line of clothing, mugs, and other items proclaiming the same simple philosophy.
There is also a book entitled Life is Good that shares some simple and practical wisdom for our days. Here are a few of the messages…
Optimism can take you anywhere. Remember, the music is not in the guitar. Not all who wander are lost. Good vibes are contagious. Everything is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Takers may eat well, but givers sleep well. Don't knock something. Build something. Take your sweet time. Hold a true friend with both hands. Celebrate. Consider yourself a lucky dog. Color is the daily bread of the eyes. Face the bumps with a smile. Blur the line between work and play. Style points count. Laughter has no foreign accent. The little things in life are the big things.
As you stop and play this holiday weekend, may you too, be able to reflect and say, "life is good."