On every milk carton you buy – unless you get it straight from the cow, you will find an expiration date printed clearly where you can see it. People are like milk cartons, in that we each have an expiration date. Only our dates aren’t printed on our exterior. But from dust we came and to dust we shall return.
Death is a certainty. It’s just a matter of when.

There was a powerful song from the 1980’s band Mike and the Mechanics. It was a chart hit called “The Living Years.” Essentially the song is about a man who never quite saw eye-to-eye with his father, and lived with regret that his father died before he had a chance to tell his father his true feelings. I was adopted by a loving man who wanted to become my father. There are many things we disagree on, and some of those things have caused a strain in our relationship. But at the end of the day, I love that man for caring for me. Hearing that song on the radio encouraged me to write a letter to Dad telling him that even though we had our differences, I still loved and respected him. Our relationship changed for the better after that. I am glad because he nearly died of a heart attack several years later. Today we are closer than ever.

Whatever you do, never let pride get in the way of making peace with your loved ones. You may never agree on everything, but you can agree to peacefully disagree. Make peace with loved ones before either they – or you, expire. And don’t put it off for another day. Because unlike a carton of milk, only God knows when the expiration date is.


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