Instead of being sad, I choose to be happy.

Instead of dwelling in the past,  I choose to delight in the present.

Instead of feeling guilty,  I choose to accept things as they are.

Instead of shutting people out, I choose to surround myself.

I will not use the day to shed tears and linger in your loss.  I will use the day to laugh, love, and do something I love.  I will not allow negative thoughts and feelings to intrude on my happiness.  I WILL remember you, your kind soul, and your warm embrace.  It is my duty as your daughter to make the day joyful, in remembrance of your smile.  And Mother’s Day, while desperately close to “the day”, will not be used to wallow in self-pity and shame.  We will celebrate life, because we’re still living it, even though you’re not.

“Life  is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.”
William Wordsworth

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