The origami bird Sam made and taped to Mom's coffin. She loved to watch the birds at her feeder.

Today I will . . .

Walk slow

Breathe deep

Look into the eyes of all I see




Smile easy

I will talk back to my to-do list and live this day with intention not compulsion.

I will "Act out of passion, not fear."

I will be mindful of my and my family's loss and not resume life as normal. No matter how loud it yells.

May I never resume even a single day as normal. As Mom liked to say, "Normal is just a setting on your dryer."

This day is my life. And it is anything but normal.

May I receive, cherish and live this day well.

And do it all over again tomorrow.