“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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So much in our lives has changed since these photos were taken, yet the memories are as fresh as yesterday.

All of the children in the first picture are grown up and do not have such a hard time keeping still while posing. You would never guess at the excessive fidgeting and fooling around that went on that afternoon from the calm-ish look on the face of the elegant lady sitting with them – my aunt and their great-aunt – on her birthday.

In the second picture I am with my ‘bestest’ girlfriend, my aunt again and this time another elegant lady – my mom. We had just celebrated another birthday and enjoyed a wonderful lunch together. We were full and happy.

My mom died in 2009 of pancreatic cancer. She was only 69. My aunt, her sister, is well into her eighties but suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease and remembers none of our beautiful moments.

These two women were key in shaping me into the woman I am today. They cheered me on during my ups and supported me during my downs. Sadly, even though fully aware of and persistently nurturing this burning dream which had lived in me for so long, they cannot share in my recent joy of becoming a best-selling author or celebrate the new friendships I now share with fellow co-authors. Yet I remain extremely grateful for having experienced life with them and more importantly through them.

As we travel this journey called life, every day a little transformation occurs in our lives no matter how small. Nothing, absolutely nothing, ever stays the same. All we can do then is to ensure we live in as well as cherish every single moment of every single day and to always, always, always be thankful.

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“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie



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