04/20/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Appreciate Life

Life. Appreciate it as much as you can. As I look over my beautiful country, I see how hard we work to earn a living. The hustle and bustle of rushing to get to our jobs, sending kids off to school, grabbing meetings, running errands, etc. When do we really have time to breathe?

When I travel to different places, I notice how certain people take time out to really appreciate life. Smelling fresh flowers, walking on the beach as they watch the water rush up on their feet, sitting with family or friends laughing and noticing the curl upwards near their mouths, father and son playing catch, a walk through an art gallery on the first date. People just appreciating the idea of being with each other or by themselves -- it's so beautiful.

Listen, tomorrow is not promised. Appreciate life. Love each other and please learn how to forgive those who have wronged you. Honestly, it's not that important to hold on to past hurts. Not only will it not accomplish anything, but it's also not mentally or physically healthy. Notice when you do hold on to past hurts, those upward curls near your mouth gradually do a 180 down and end up staying that way. You grow old thinking about things that happened years ago, blaming others for your life taking the road that it did. Let go now while you can and move forward with your life! It's precious and it's the most beautiful thing in the world. Call up your family and tell them that you love them. Let them know that they matter. This next generation that will soon rule the world are growing up more with computers than they are with family appreciation.

Yes, sometimes it does take a tragedy to wake us up and make us realize what's really important, but do you have to wait for a tragedy? Start now! If you have the opportunity to talk to someone that you've not talked with for a long time because you're holding a grudge, let it go and pick up the phone! If you have the opportunity to hug someone that you've not hugged in a long while, go make it happen! If there are people in your life that walk around being negative all of the time and you end up carrying that negative energy around with you, let them go! They were in your life for a reason and now it's time to say goodbye. Some say it's not that easy to let go, but ask yourself the question, is it any easier to hold on? You can put more work into holding on to people that aren't meant to be in your life instead of just walking away and receiving something or someone greater. You know you may love them, but in order for you to live a healthy life, you have to say goodbye.

Surround yourself with positive people and accept where you are in life. Ask yourself what or who are you afraid of? Challenge your fears by tackling them. You'll then see that as you tackle your fears, you'll also be climbing the ladder of success. You know, that place that you were meant to achieve in this life. Overcome obstacles, appreciate life and remember you are a beautiful person doing great things. Please take care ...