Editor’s Note: When I began publishing InsideVero.com in late January, it was my custom each morning to offer as a “daily ray of hope” an inspirational quote for the day.
Along with each quote, I shared an image of a landscape, seascape, sunrise, or of some wildlife. One morning, I even offered a picture of our Doberman, Panzer, hanging his big nose over the foot of our bed. The accompanying quote spoke to the value of appreciating different perspectives.
Having let my attention be drawn almost completely to the daily news and the surface-level drama of local politics, I find that I have drifted away from making time each morning to draw inspiration for the day.
Yesterday, at the tender age of three, Panzer passed away, with Cheri and I at his side, holding his paw and kissing his forehead. It was a sacred moment.
This morning, I am reminded that all moments are fleeting and can be sacred, if only we pay attention and remain grateful. Panzer’s passing leaves a hole in our hearts that can only be filled with gratitude and healed with love.
As I write this morning, I am looking at a wall hanging that reads, “In the end what matters most: How well did you live? How well did you love? How well did you learn to let go?”
— Mark Schumann
“…nothing wonderful lasted forever. Joy was as fleeting as a shooting star that crossed the evening sky, ready to blink out at any moment.”
– Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven
“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them.”
– Paulo Coelho