Back in December, I lost my son, Eduardo.  He was 25.  

He died in a tragic accident and his loss shocked all of us, his immediate and extended family.  Nevertheless, his passing brought unity in ways I would've never expected.  Eddy was a wonderful guy; he was funny, athletic, respectful, and an overall gentleman.  I will always be proud of him.

I always make an effort to plant good seeds in the hearts of my children.  I leave some of these below, thinking there is something here you may be able to use with your own, or maybe for yourself.  

Be kind, be loving, and do not take the time you spend with the ones you love for granted.  Hug them at every opportunity, and always, always, tell them you love them.

1. Be yourself: Everyone is unique, and embracing your individuality is important. Don't try to fit in with a particular group or be someone you're not, be true to yourself.

2. Set goals and work towards them: Goals will give you direction and a sense of purpose. Break them down into smaller, more manageable steps, and work on them consistently.

3. Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat healthily, and exercise regularly. This will help you maintain a healthy body and mind.

4. Learn to deal with stress: Stress is a normal part of life, and it's important to learn healthy ways of dealing with it, such as exercise, meditation, or talking to someone you trust.

5. Communicate effectively: Learn to express yourself clearly and listen actively to others. Good communication skills will help you build strong relationships and resolve conflicts.

6. Be respectful: Treat others with respect and kindness, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

7. Be open-minded: Be willing to learn and consider new ideas and perspectives, even if they differ from your own.

8. Be responsible: Take responsibility for your actions and be accountable for their consequences.

9. Practice gratitude: Be thankful for the good things in your life; it will help you appreciate what you have and help put things in perspective.

10. Have fun: Life is meant to be enjoyed, so make sure to have fun, try new things, and make memories.