Today we celebrate Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) in Mexico. Contrary to what you might think, it is a happy celebration, an opportunity to remember your departed friends and family with love and appreciation. During the festivities, we write poems defying death, eat candy skulls and share a meal with the spirits of those who have passed away before us.
As we remember the dead, I realize that the way we do is a great expression of otheresteem. We recall all their virtues and none of their difficulties. We appreciate what we can in them, and accentuate the positive.
We could be doing that for the living, too!
How would you speak of the people around you if they were already gone? Would you find new things to appreciate in them?