Death – What it’s Teaching Me

Dearth - What it's Teaching me Vicky Lyashenko Inspiration Appriciation

I know, I know, it’s looks like a pretty dark article for just a second blog post – but hang in there – it gets a little brighter.

Last week, I received a call from a dear friend telling me about the death of Scott Dinsmore. I couldn’t believe my ears – just a year ago we were all together hanging out at Jonathan Field’s Camp GLP in New York – this couldn’t be. People don’t just die all of a sudden. I thought. It took me a few days for the fact to really sink in. Not because I knew Scott, but because this could happen to anyone, anyday, anytime.

For some, it could even happen today. But what if this was someone close to me? Someone near and dear to my heart? Someone that will take a piece of my heart with them?

After that call on Monday morning, the thought wouldn’t leave me. So I took the time to actually think about it.

You’ve probably heard this saying before: “Live every day like it’s your last.”

But then this thought came to mind: “Treat everyone as if it was their last day”

How would I treat people if I knew it was their last day? What would I say to them? What would I do for them?

I know it’s a bit of a sad perspective to look from at the people you love. But you know – sometimes that’s what it takes for some of us to stop and just love on people. Tell them you love them, tell them how amazing they are, tell them how much they light up your life.

Can you imagine how you would feel if you HADN’T said and done those things? Can you imagine letting someone go without doing what we were all called to do – to love?

As I got off the phone with my sweet friend that Monday, she told me how much she loved me and how much our friendship meant to her. That touched my heart so much, it’s an incredible feeling to be told you are loved and cared for. She then encouraged me to call my friends and loved ones do the same – because life is so short.

What if I could touch people like my friend touched me? Every day? Tell them I love them, tell them I appreciate them? How would that change ME?

I want to let you know that I appreciate you. You are so loved <3

With much love and blessings,


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  • Very powerful Vicky, thank you for reminding me about the importance of valuing life

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article and for your comment, Andrew! I really appreciate it! Life is very short and worth celebrating!