Posted on March 29 2016
At Forever in My Heart, our goal is to help you while you grieve over the loss of the life of your pet. That's because we understand the ache and emptiness of losing a pet. We want to help you in remembering your pet in a manner that will bring comfort to you and support to other animals in need.
As important as that goal is, we also want to remind you how precious every life is – especially your own. Every life is a gift, and every life matters.
Since lives are made up of days, each day matters. Treat every day as a gift. Each new day is a glorious gift that is too often taken for granted. As the old saying goes, “This day is the first day of the rest of your life; use it wisely.”
Not only is this day the first day of the rest of your life, it could also be your last day on this earth. After all, none of us knows the day that's destined for us to die. If you knew today would be your last, what would you do differently?
Would you make that visit to your parents or your loved ones that you've been putting off?
Would you make right that disagreement that's been standing between you and your significant other?
Would you spend one minute worrying about bills, whining about politics, or wishing you had a bigger home or more money?
If you knew today was your last, it's likely you would spend it wisely. Since you likely don’t know what day will be your last, it's crucial you live every day with that possibility in mind.
Everyone's life journey is worth sharing; take your time to share your story with others.
As animal lovers, it's easy for us to find our fulfillment in the love of our pet. It’s important to remember that each of us has gained wisdom and experience on the journey of life that needs to be passed on to another person.
You may think your story is unimportant or that no one cares to hear your story. You’re wrong.
You'd be shocked how many young people are wishing for someone to help guide him or her along the journey of life by simply lending a sympathetic ear or by sharing your stories. Open your eyes as you go to the park, the library, or the doctor's office. Sometimes a simple smile is all it takes to spark a life-changing conversation.
Let your story impact others. You'd be surprised how influential the mistakes you've made could help another person to avoid making the same blunders. There is no person alive whose story isn't valuable and vital to the success of another person.
Open your heart and welcome others into your life, and share your journey.
Live the way you would want to be remembered.
It's easy to imagine our passing as leaving a great void in the hearts of those we leave behind. That is pretty unlikely unless we live a life worthy of remembrance.
Here are some ideas to help you live in a way that will be remembered:
• Be considerate. Whether you are borrowing a neighbor's tools or renting a vehicle, consider the rights of others and do your best to return items in the best possible condition in a timely manner.
Be respectful of your families’ rights to raise their families as they please, of the driver ahead of you to enjoy the scenery, of the cashier to carry on a conversation with the shopper ahead of you, or of the right of the child to ask questions about the world around them.
When people think of you as a considerate and respectful person, they will remember you with fondness and not disdain.
• Be generous. All of us have something to give in abundance, whether it's money, food, wisdom, or time.
It's better to give than to receive. It’s a great way to leave an impression on others. Look for reasons to give – whether it's a wedding, graduation, birthday, holiday celebrations, or just because – and give generously.
• Have initiative. If you have a great idea, go for it! There's no time like the present to make the world a better place.
No one would remember Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel Morse, or Steve Jobs if they had sat on their ideas and done nothing with them. If you've been blessed with an idea, run with it. Even if it doesn't succeed, you're sure to learn something valuable for your next venture. You'll also be much more likely to be remembered.
Your family wants to remember you. Live in a way worthy of remembrance, and give them the tools to make it happen.