Think of the best things that have ever happened to you. Do you have trouble describing them? Do the words amazing and incredible seem to fall short? That’s because what we feel can rarely be described in words. In the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, Juliet says, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” It’s the feeling of that experience – not the words – that stay with you.
I started thinking about this earlier in the week. A friend of mine, who I have known since high school, lost her mother on Monday. She and her mother are two of the sweetest, funniest, kindest, most loving and positive people I know. But those words do not do justice to the life changing feelings I have because they have been in my life.
Her Mom’s name is Rose. I love her dearly and always will. That feeling will stay with me forever. When I have those feelings, as well as the sad ones because she is gone, I don’t ignore them. I feel them. Because they are important to feel. One day in the future I will mostly feel the joyful feelings about her being in my life.
I am usually a very upbeat and positive person who encourages others to be positive too. But I am human — we all are you know! It’s okay to be sad sometimes. I have found that I appreciate sunny days more after I have experienced a really snowy and cold winter (I do live in Cleveland, Ohio!)
All of this helps me stay positive. To my friend and her Mom, Rose – you are now sweetness and light. You always were – but now you always will be.
Be like Rose. Be positive.