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After going through a catastrophic near death experience in 2011, I find myself finally living every day of my life, finding hope and joy in the everyday little things.

For four years, I was Bob’s caregiver and when he died, it was so difficult to shake the sadness. I spoke to a therapist who told me the best way to move beyond the sadness was to make plans–big plans. Go somewhere exciting. Meet new friends. Go out with old friends. Always have something wonderful to look forward to–each day, each week, each month. Travel again! Enjoy God’s wonderment in people, places and the world.

I took her advice and it helped me tremendously to change my thinking. While still grieving, I began to smile more, get out more, love my life more and be thankful that I was still alive. I read jokes online and laughed. I sat with friends on my balcony and engaged in small talk that warmed my heart. I met new people, including Rudy and his wonderful family, that helped me see the hope and joy in relationships and life.

I am sharing this because for each day I was continuing to be sad, I began to realize I was losing another day of happiness. I believe these words best express how I changed my heart and my life after two catastrophic experiences in 2011:

Take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.

And don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.❤️

And with that, I challenge you to take on your day will an attitude of anticipation–not ruminating over the past–but rather being open to hope and joy.


Deb Bruce
Deb Bruce
Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, is a well-known author, senior medical writer and health literary expert. Deb works hard and plays hard! An avid wordsmith and health communications professional, Deb loves boating, fishing and catching blue crabs at her bay front condominium in South Tampa Florida.

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