Life is great, choose joy

I believe one of the greatest things we can do in life is a personal inventory. Look at what you already have been given versus what you think you want and need. Many times, we get caught up in all the things we have to do and accomplish that we forget to enjoy the journey, rather we wait and expect to enjoy the destination. In Campbell, Missouri, is a graveyard where all my grandfathers back to the early 1800s are buried. The graves are literally all in one area (Thompson section) where my grandfathers, great and great-great are all there with their families and memories. It is very humbling to walk that ground and realize that someday my descendants will be doing the same thing. It really focuses you on what will matter in life and what will not. That work project or thing you feel is so important, when compared to the real issues of life, may not be as important as you think.

Joy is a choice and a gift. Choose to enjoy the journey rather than the destination because you really have no idea how much time you have left. In 1999, Payne Stewart, the pro Golfer, kissed his wife and babies goodbye one morning and boarded a flight that never got to where it was going. I am sure he thought, I will do this, that, and will accomplish. He never had the time to do any of those things because God almighty called him home that day. His family was left with only the memories and the lessons taught up to that point. Again, choose joy and choose life today at this moment because that is really all we have. KT

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