I got the news last weekend that someone I went to high school with passed away. My heart has been very heavy with this news. I am surprised at my own reaction because I haven't been in contact with this person since high school, but we were in the same ward, seminary class and drama club during school. Since I am a nurse (and a Mormon who believes in life after death,) I thought I had a pretty good handle on death, but this news kind of threw me for a loop. I've been thinking about it and most of my experience with death at the hospital has been an end to suffering or the result of poor lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, this person was in a work related accident that was pretty tragic. I am sad for his family and for the way that he died.
Its also gotten me thinking about how uncertain life can be. I know we are all a work in progress, but I've felt a stronger sense of urgency on working on my flaws and living life to the fullest. I want to appreciate all the good in my life for as long as I have it. Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.” I think I forget that sometimes with all the hustle and bustle of life and I have a tendency toward a negative attitude. I love my husband and my baby and I'm so grateful for the time we get to spend together. I'm trying to be a better person. And really, nothing else matters.