What a beautiful day here on Long Island. A perfect day to really get out and enjoy living. I've spoken about my children many times in past blogs, but today I feel especially blessed. My middle daughter, whom many know, has Autism. I envy her in many ways. Although there are delays and some communicative deficits there is an abundance of gratitude. My daughter, Shelby, lives each and every day with excitement and happiness. She doesn't hold grudges, she doesn't whine about things she doesn't have, she loves meeting people, she loves going on errands, basically she loves life. She is an example of gratitude and appreciation. As I continue my journey I look to her to set an example for me. Waking up in the morning ready to see what's waiting for me on my adventure. I have had fleeting thoughts of smoking, but have been able to redirect my mind after saying that I don't do that anymore. I want to live like Shelby. I want to be grateful for each day and live it to it's fullest. In order to do that I need to do what she does. Actually I need to do what she doesn't do. SMOKE. Thank G-d she will never do that. So for every cloud there is a silver lining. She may always need to have people to help her live as independently as she can, but she will always love life. I want to love life and I plan on living. Life and smoking are not compatible, so I choose to live. Blessings to all. Make it a wonderful day.