The ultimate choice whether to live or to die has been enacted several times in the past few years by residents of the Wood River Valley. They chose to depart from their journeys here on earth and to go where they believed would be a better life for them. Their decisions seem to have touched us all, for their choices were so final. There's no way for anyone to reverse it.
Perhaps, it's time for all of us to evaluate our lives, gird up our defenses and endeavor to enjoy our lives here on earth. We all have so much for which to be thankful, and we're not on our own. We're all connected together here in this valley through jobs, clubs, organizations, church, bars, neighborhoods, schools and our children—there are many links in the chain.
There are quite a few fellow residents who have been dealt life-challenging options. They have chosen to fight to stay here with us. They have chosen to go on, and we applaud them. We love those who struggle against the odds. We let them know that their lives are very important to us all.
And, we love those who have chosen not to go on as well. One can hardly imagine what pain they were in. We cannot judge them harshly lest we judge ourselves in the same manner.
The most important person to love in your life is yourself. With self-love, you may make the best choices.
Nice talking to you.