It was a cold, dark, rainy day. It started out just like any other. Nothing was particularly wrong but at the same time, nothing was going right. I felt sorry for myself as I drove around crossing errands off of my list and getting completely drenched each time I forced myself out of my car. What a terrible day I thought to myself. Another red light was waiting in the distance for me. As I allowed myself to be the center of attention at my own personal pity party, I happened to glance up at the sticker on the car in front of mine. It read, in memory of, with a girls name and the dates 1997-2015. My heart broke as I thought of the short life of that precious, 18 year old girl. After all, my own daughter was eighteen and I could not even imagine the horror of losing her now. I felt my own shame in that moment for not recognizing the gift I woke up with this morning. My attitude did a complete 180 degree turn around. Today was an amazing day after a little shift in perspective. I am both sad and grateful for that much needed lesson today and I hope I don’t forget it anytime soon. Every day is a blessing. Make sure you don’t miss out on it.