Recently a beautiful friend of mine, Lindsey, died. I wasn’t aware that she’d been ill for the last three months, so when I read the news on Facebook I was pretty shocked. While the days following her death included times of sadness for me, they’ve also been an incredible gift. It’s easy to live as if I’m going to be in this particular body for forever … but I’m not. It’s easy to live with the assumption that I’m going to live until old age. I may not. So I’m grateful for the reminder of the impermanence of life. I’m grateful to be reminded of death because when I am I take a whole lot less for granted.