My mom and her two surviving siblings live in different states from me and from each other, but last weekend we were all together in the same place for the first time in about 4 years. My uncle, the youngest among them, was clearly shaken by how the years have affected his sisters, and resolved to make more of an effort to travel.
Time is fleeting. Everything is temporary.
A friend has been fighting a particularly deadly cancer for a couple of years, and I thought she had beaten it back. But today a package arrived in the mail that worries me deeply. It contained memorabilia of the connection that we share, and no note.
More reasons to be mindful of every day, put away the phone, prioritize time spent with loved ones and doing activities that bring goals closer to fruition.