In the End…

Today’s local newspaper featured a touching story of a 44-year-old woman with terminal cancer, who was reunited with her elderly Honduran mother for one last time before she dies. It seems that for quite some time, the mother could not obtain a visa to travel to the U.S. to bid farewell to her beloved daughter. Only through the timely intervention of numerous others was the mother finally able to travel here.

At the heart of the story was gratitude… the gratitude this dying woman felt to be in the presence of her mother one last time. All she wanted in her last days, above all else, was to spend time with her mother.

I could not help but wonder how amazing it is that a person with an advanced state of cancer could be capable of such profound gratitude. What I took away from this story was a poignant reminder that, in the end, it is our relationships that make us happy. To love and be loved by another is the greatest gift life has to offer.

Let us not wait until the very end to discover this truth, for one never knows when that time will come.

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