In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. – Buddha
When one approaches his or her later years, it is impossible to avoid taking stock of your life. You long to measure how gently you lived. Taking stock is not always a pleasant practice. It can trigger regrets and disappointments that every person has experienced. But taking stock, looking back, can also bring up extreme gratefulness for all of life’s joys.
I find myself spending a lot of time taking stock and looking back. I am owning the griefs and losses I experienced along the way. But mostly I am giving thanks for all that has been good . . . how much I loved, how gently I lived, and how gracefully I let go of many things that were not meant for me. No regrets! Just gratefulness for a life gently lived.