I woke up this morning! Yahoo! 

In this day and age, waking up is a good thing. A very good thing.

But it is something that I never used to think about. I took it for granted. I took everything in my life for granted.

When I was in my 20s, life was forever. Magical thinking in a fantasy world.

But I'm not 20 any more. I'm not even 30...

I don't even remember turning 40! 

This year I just had the 24th anniversary of my 25th year! (49)

Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches about gratitude and appreciation for our lives. 

That lesson didn't truly hit home for me until this year...

I never really liked the subject of Death.

Something we all have to face in our lives... But "someday" just seemed so far away... Untouchable.

But this year, someone I knew well passed away quite suddenly. He always looked super healthy. He was well built. It was shocking and completely unexpected.

It brought the subject of Death right in front of me.

Something that Dr. Tae Yun Kim also says when she gives lectures, "today is my birthday. Today is my wedding day. Today is my last day on earth."

I always understood the birthday and the wedding reference but I just couldn't relate to the last day on earth. It was just too far from me.

Dr. Kim also says in one of her books that death is right beside us.

Since the recent death of someone who was like a brother to me, I really feel death right beside me. 

I recognize now how important it is to cherish my breath... And to value my life and the lives of those whom I love.

Now I express my love every day to my best friend... Several times a day. 

And I'm very grateful to my spiritual teacher, Great Grandmaster Kim for teaching me how to value and have gratitude in my life.

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