Today I am thinking of you, my friend. Yes, you. And you know who you are. I just wanted to write and say what an inspiration you are to me. An inspiration in this way — even though times are rough for you right now, you keep smiling. And when I commented on that to you, your reply was so simple and yet so profound, "Yes, well what's the good in NOT smiling? You might as well smile and at least you feel better. Besides, NOT smiling isn't going to change anything anyway."
And as I drove away after running into you and having that little interchange, I kept thinking of you and how I don't think I could do that. Keep smiling in the face of adversity. To be sure, I've faced some rough times myself. But smiled through it? Hardly.
Remember what I had told you on our little drive. How so much of life and people is about what is going on behind the scenes and is not readily apparent. And I agree - leaving a bad situation is not a sign of failure. It is, rather, a sign of strength. Yes, it is the ones with courage and a zest for life who move on and, in effect, go on to live life to the fullest.
I hope good things for you, my friend. And, as is my way, I have been giving you much thought and have had this song that I am posting here in the back of my mind for weeks now. Sarah McLachlan. Ethereal. Like a tonic for the soul.
I do hope you enjoy it. It is the song that came to mind on our little drive. All the while it was playing in my mind as we were chatting and I was thinking of how I'd say these very things to you. So today is the day.
All the best,