People are often surprised that I laugh so easily. They think that because I’m surrounded by dead people I must be dark and somber. Quite the opposite is true. I’m filled with light and joy, and the dead people are a big reason for that. One thing that they have instilled in me is to appreciate my life and all of the good things that I have in this very minute. Meditation helped me learn how to be in the moment, but dead people showed me why to be in the moment. Dead People are acutely aware of how short life is and they want us to appreciate every second that we have.
Part of why to be in the moment is that’s where you find what brings you joy. I love baking as you can see by my Royal Icing Butterflies. Seeing people smile when they take a bite makes my heart happy. I also love entertaining and bravely face the stress of 20 – 30 dinner guests. I’m not a glutton for hard work; I could never do it without my husbands’ help. I enjoy reading, listening to music, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. My life isn’t idyllic; I’ve had to deal with illness and loss just like every other human being on this planet. But I’ve learned that we can’t let the pressures of life block out all of our joy. As difficult as it may be, we have to create an emotional balance in our lives and we do that with gratitude.
Dead people emphasize over and over again: Be grateful for what you have.There is no tomorrow, only now, right now, this very moment, so don’t waste it!