I know that you’re never prepared for hard times.
I know the reality is always worse than what you think, even if you think it’s as bad as it can get.
I know that we are loved by God who gave us choice.
I know we can use that power to choose happiness.
I know we can use that power to choose sadness.
I know we can use that power to choose despair.
I know we can use that power to feel shame.
I know that you can’t know your whole story until you live it.
I know love is an action.
I know love is a choice.
I know forgiveness is a choice.
I know forgiveness is hard.
I know forgiveness is constant.
I know that grief hurts.
I know that losing a friend is one of the most regrettable things that you can go through.
I know you cannot control what is outside of your circle.
I know there is no secret formula to each day, beyond knowing you are loved, you are chosen, you are cherished.
I know my gratitude knows no bounds.
I know I am blessed beyond measure.
I know I will strive to live every day in that blessing and choose happiness and actively love every single person God puts in my life.
I know you probably didn’t make it this far but I hope you did.
I hope you did.
Happy 2016, friends.