Recently a lot of my closest and dearest loved ones have lost some of their most cherished loved ones. Frankly, it has been a tough year.

In fact I am actually writing this on the train ride back from a celebration of life that was held for a loved one in the city. While this may seem odd to some, if you have been following along in my previous posts you know I am someone who deeply believes in the process of reflection. I reflect, analyze and go over every little thing. While ridiculous to some, it is just how my mind processes things so that I can (hopefully) learn a lesson or come out on the other side of trials and tribulations wiser.

However with life and loss, it’s not that simple. Reflecting is not going to produce this deep unwavering understanding as to why someone was taken too soon or a reason as to why an accident can result in the loss of a human life. But what it can do is help you to appreciate and value the life that you have.

Over the past 10 months, I have done a lot of experiencing life and not a whole lot of reflecting. But I think it’s about time I start to write some things down again. Because these people were the “take their shirt off their back for you” kind of people. The type of people that you want going through life alongside you because they make it better. The type of people you want on your team.

Although some of these people may not have been in my life for long, they made a huge impact on it and I think that what they have taught me is worth sharing. So here are few things that these people have taught me along the way…

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While some of the lessons, suggestions, or realizations may not seem groundbreaking they all come from a place of great humility. So I will take all these little nuggets of wisdom with me as I move forward and I’ll try to live my life in a way that reflects what I have been taught.

Here’s to those we have lost…

“You are loved beyond words

And missed beyond measure”

Yours truly,

Melissa Alyse