My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
Life is tough. There is no getting around that. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding him- or herself. Life’s challenges worm their way into everyone’s life.
Thus, find joy where ever you may. The smell of the first rainfall on parched earth. Sunrise. Freshly cut grass. How your little hand felt in mine when we went for walks back then. The sound of your laughter. That mischievous glint in your eye. The feel of waves. The beach. Sand. A smile. Hummingbirds. A cool breeze. Heat. Salty butter on crunchy baguette. The smell of coffee. Home.
Be present, immerse yourselves in the joyous experience, and be grateful for them. Don’t let the travails of life detract from its beauty. Hold on to the good and beautiful. Be present, but revisit these moments of beauty as necessary to keep your spirits up. Remember, self-care is critical. Live to fight another day.
Life is what you make of it. If you focus on the negative, then life will be the shits. Why would you want to do that to yourself. Feed the positive and work towards the possible. Whatever challenges currently plaguing you will pass. Don’t let it consume you. Where’s the joy in that?
Make your life a testament to its beauty. Let it be a symbol of hope for those without. But, more importantly, immerse yourselves in that which is beautiful and joyous so that YOUR LIFE WILL BE BEAUTIFUL AND JOYOUS. That is my wish for you, my sons. Enjoy life regardless of the bitter cup presently set upon your lips. This too will pass.
All my love, always,