Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 51

I think the true test of the courage of a human being is how we handle the death of loved ones in our lives. Today my dad found out that one of his close friends passed away, after a long battle with cancer. I didn't know how to react to the news, mostly because I felt very sympathetic and was having a hard time expressing that over the phone. But the craziest thing happened. He told me that he found a positive in the tough time that he is going through - that he was fortunate he was able to have him as a close friend and that they shared many good memories together over the years that he will have with him for the rest of his life. To think that just hours after the terrible news, he was able to find something about the situation that could be seen as a positive, is absolutely inspiring. I think everyone should strive for that type of positivity in their lives. Dealing with the loss of someone is never easy, but when you realize that life really is short, maybe it will inspire you to reach out to those close to you more often, call up the long lost friend of yours, and make good memories to share with those around you. Because after all, aren't friends, family, love, and memories the most important things in life?

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