There’s a Counting Crows song that at one time was super famous, “Big Yellow Taxi”. I only know one line, but it’s the point of the song, “don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.” And oh how true this is.

You didn’t really appreciate all that your parents claimed to do for you; until they no longer paid your bills. You didn’t appreciate having meals cooked for you; until you have to cook for yourself. You didn’t even think you wanted to be with that person until they didn’t want to be with you (side note: you probably didn’t actually want to be with them, but the sting of rejection can make you a little crazy). You didn’t appreciate that Starbucks; until your budget only allotted for home brewed Folgers. This could be applied to a ton more things in everyone’s life and I think it’s a great lesson to keep at the forefront of your mind to be more appreciative of whatever life has dealt you (no matter what it is).

But today I’m not just talking about Starbucks, I’m talking about death because it’s all around us. Everywhere I turn someone has cancer or is having a heart attack or is simply growing old. Last week someone shared a story with me of how their husband was diagnosed with cancer and from the day of his diagnosis until the day of his death 26 days passed. And this guy was young. So, how do we live in such a way that we can say, “don’t it always seem to go that you know exactly what you have all along.”

Wake up and think about what you are grateful for everyday. Make it part of your routine.

Document the journey along the way. This is a no-brainer when Instagram and social media make this so easy, but document it all. Because you can either use the memories to happily reminisce or if you don’t like the memories use them to motivate you to change.

Regularly let the people in your life that you love know you care about them. Use whatever love language you have, but communicate it to them. Daily. Weekly. At least monthly.

If you appreciate the little moments while you are in them, you don’t ever have to regret when they are gone. And even if they pave paradise and put up a parking lot, at least you have a place to park your car. ????

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