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In the circle of life everything has an experation date. Every living thing has only the time between birth and death to make their mark, and leave an impression on the world they will someday leave behind. That is something I came to grips with the day they told me I had a cancer that is rarely curable. I've already past the experation date the doctors gave me but I know someday my date will come. I'm OK with that much more now that I have been putting my affairs in order, as they say. There is a country song that has the line in it that goes something like "Son, I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying". I can relate. I no longer view death as only a sad thing. I take comfort in the idea of the circle of life and haveing to expire when my date comes up. I see it as a beautiful pattern of ebbs and flows. I have left no one without letting them know how I feel about them and what they meant to me. I have forgiven and healed old wounds that I couldn't let go of before. I have learned to say what I mean and mean what I say. It has made me grow and become a better person. There are sweet gifts in the end, I believe like the beautiful color of the oak leaf when it prepares to fall from it's branches, I believe there is always a Spring that will birth new beauty into the world. Maybe I will even come back once more to live another life or maybe I'll just rest in peace. Either way I'm good with that.