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Someone said, “When life stinks, improve the aroma: stop and smell the roses.”

Well, yes. Maybe the stuff that makes life stink also makes the flowers grow!

Henry David Thoreau expressed a similar thought in a somewhat more elegant way when he wrote:

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun and call it hard names…the fault-finder will find faults even in Paradise. Love your life.”

 With all the “smelly stuff” that can happen in this world, it’s not hard to get down on ourselves or our lives.

But to shift to a metaphor with a (usually) better aroma…

Maybe we should try looking at our lives the way we look at a baby.

You wouldn’t think of calling your newborn child or grandchild “hard names” for not knowing how to walk or talk or eat properly (or even go to the bathroom).

In fact, the child’s vulnerability and limitations make you love him or her all the more.

With this in mind, here are some thoughts on loving your life:

(1) Love your life. Cherish it, appreciate it, take good care of it no matter what. And the more the problems, the more it needs your love. It’s the only life you’ve got.

(2) Love your life. Your life, like that baby, is one-of-a-kind. No one has ever had a life exactly like yours. Accept and embrace your particular life with its particular problems, situations and joys.

(3) Love your life. Whatever else happens today, and each day—whatever stresses or obligations you may be dealing with—don’t forget to celebrate your life, just as you would celebrate and enjoy that child. Don’t forget to live.