Archive for June, 2011

death and taxes

June 11th, 2011

Benjamin Franklin once said,”The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” Although this quote has been passed down through the centuries, it’s only partially true because relationships are also inevitable unless we live up on a mountaintop in the Himalayas. Even if that were the case, relationships still exist–with oneself, with a higher power however you define that for yourself, and with others. Relationships have always been a sanctuary for me as far back as I can remember, and they are with us from ashes to ashes. Although relationships can be hard work, they also give meaning and purpose to how we live and the directions we choose.

At the outset of my career, I worked as a hospice social worker, and nobody ever told me they wished they had spent more hours at the office. The wish generally had to do with people–a desire to spend more time with loved ones, to play more tennis with friends, to travel with a significant other to a new destination. Death and taxes are inevitable, but relationships add lots of texture to our connections and ultimately bring us love.