5 years ago yesterday, my dear friend Sarah was vacationing with her husband in Italy. They had gone down a cliff onto some rocks to take a picture when a rouge wave came upon the rocks taking her and her husband out to sea. Her husband was carried back onto the rocks by another wave, but my sweet Sarah was not so fortunate. Words can’t describe the impact Sarah had in my life. She was a beautiful, passionate, positive, inspiring friend who challenged me to love with no boundaries and to see the good in all things. It was very rare that she was negative even about the things in her life that would warrant her a bad attitude and discouragement. I think in our busy and full lives we think our circle is pretty full, we don’t have room for more activities and we don’t have room for more friends. Sarah was always open to making her circle bigger. She had no judgment, just a lot of love. She challenged us to love lavishly and always make those who entered our lives grateful for the time spent with them.
It is crazy to think it has been five years and this beautiful girl still challenges my heart to be a better person. She came into my life for a short time, but her impact will last forever. One thing Sarah did that I love was she kept a gratitude journal. She believed in remembering all the good things that happened in her day to day life and she inspires me to do the same thing. How often do you go through your day running from obligation to obligation, checking things off your to do list and crawling to bed when the day is done? How often do the little things like hurtful words or discouraging circumstances outweigh ALL the little blessings that happen in your day. I want to challenge you for the next seven days to write down each things that has made you grateful that day. It could be a cup of coffee, a bouquet of flowers, or a card in the mail. You could witness a random act of kindness, receive a compliment, or do something for someone else that makes YOU feel valued.
Sit down today and think of someone in your life, random or your best of friends, and write them a note letting them know why you are grateful for them. Head over to you local florist and pick up a vibrant bouquet of flowers, swing by her house and drop them off. Show her all the color she has brought to your life!