Sometimes, it is all that I can do not to break down in tears at the terrible things in this world. I become totally overwhelmed at the utter sorrow and pain that myself and the people that I love must endure. Heartbreaking loss, illness, infertility, misplaced trust and long forgotten dreams…it is all too much to bear sometimes. But then there are the beautiful things in life….breathtakingly beautiful moments of love and kindness…new life, uncontrollable laughter, soft caresses, childlike enthusiasm, and those first thrilling steps toward new dreams. These beautiful things are what I choose to focus on. They are what we all must focus on, not because we are naïve or insensitive or in denial, but because we have to survive, and focusing on the beautiful things in life, even amidst the pain, is the only way.