This year we have had a close friend, at 50, have a heart attack. Thankfully he survived. In the past few days we have lost a good friend, at 51, to alcoholism. His body had finally had enough. After due consideration, here is my own Desiderata.
Enjoy each day, and each other, as much as possible. Take nothing for granted. Appreciate those around you, and what you have in your life. Forget about material things, they don't actually provide happiness. Love your children, even if they are the biggest pains in the arse. Attempt to love all of your family, regardless of the fact that they are probably the cause of most of your psychological problems. Be happy, despite the state of the world. Look to little things to provide joy. Greet each day as though it will be your last, because maybe it will. Take the time to relish a book, or a movie, or a TV show. Be proud of what you are (even if it is a humble housewife, and remember that your IQ doesn't actually lower if this is the case). Live, love, enjoy.
(Not necessarily the most articulate piece of work, but it is heartfelt - view it as a work in progress! Notice how I quantify most of the statements, sometimes my glass is half-empty ...)
Now back to the original:
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1927.