Joseph Mallord William Turner
Tomorrow is the anniversary of my husband's plane crash on a lake on Vancouver Island. It's odd how life can turn on a dime, and how in an instant, dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of lives can be affected. Certainly for most people, nothing is ever quite the same again. My husband's parents never really recovered from the devastation, and it definitely had a negative impact on my daughter's life. I was very close to my father, and I cannot imagine growing up without a father, as my daughter did. Fortunately, my daughter's children are very close to their father, as well as to their mother, and that is important. Children need two parents, and nothing is ever quite right if they don't have them.
A couple of weeks ago there was another devastating plane crash off the coast of British Columbia. Eight people were on board, and only two survived. Two of the victims were a Vancouver doctor and her six-month old daughter. The doctor's husband and another daughter were not on board, and their lives have been irrevocably changed -- forever. A couple of days before the plane crash I had had the occasion in the course of a business day to write a letter to the doctor. Two days later, when I saw the news of the crash, I thought, "Omigoodness, she will never see the letter."
The vagaries of life...
I believe that, for the most part, life is filled with joy. Along with the bitter comes the sweet. One of the most incredible taste sensations is chocolate and salt. I think the average "set point" for most people is to be happy, or at least serene and content. We cannot prevent the capricious unpredictability of life, but we can learn to be happy again. So, whatever misfortune has befallen you along the way, I hope today you have happiness in your lives. You definitely deserve it.