My friend recently attended a funeral mass and she was struck by the Priest’s comment that we should tell the people in our lives every day, “I love you, you are beautiful, and I forgive you” I might add, “I hope you forgive met too” such a lovely sentiment. So many times we hold grudges and have hurt feelings, wouldn’t it be wonderful if every single day we simply forgave? Life lesson #1 forgive and forgive often. I know I struggle with a tender heart and sometimes I find it difficult to let things go. I bury my feelings deep, I have a wall around my heart, but in reality, I am protecting my broken heart. When I was young, I had so many dreams for my life that somehow slipped away. I faced many difficulties that I do not often speak about to my friends. My Dad and his best friend died in a plane accident, a broken marriage, a child with mental illness, and the day-to day struggles of a single parent. Sometimes, life seemed overwhelming and people so cruel. My Dad used to tell me that he could fix anything except a broken heart. He was right, he fixed all my hurts, until he died and then my heart shattered. Who knew that in the end my Dad would be the one to break my heart? Life lesson #2 tell your parents that you love them, because life is fleeting. My Dad loved me unconditionally and I love my children unconditionally too. Sadly, they do not love unconditionally in return. I hope and pray that one day they will. Until then, I simply wait and love them anyway. It is often the same with our friends they can be difficult to please. Try anyway – maybe they have a wall around their hearts too. Life lesson #3 we never really know the struggles that someone else is facing. Today, life is so much better. Many of my dreams that I put on hold have come true. Life does get easier or perhaps we develop better coping skills. During this Lenten period, I am trying to keep in mind to forgive, to love, and to appreciate all the people in my life. I hope that one day the people who hold grudges against me will do the same, until then, I love then anyway. Life lesson #4 stay strong life does get easier. To all my family and friends I love you, you are beautiful, I forgive you, and I hope you forgive me too.