The Purpose of Life

​There are quite a few days that I think of my Titi (Auntie) Gloria because she was such a big influence in my life. 

Being present while she battled cancer for four years and watching that struggle was a painful and enlightening experience.

Many of my childhood summers were spent with her. Watching her make Puerto Rican food, working in her Bible Book Store, and playing in her backyard… that was my happy, safe place. 

She was one of my mother’s six sisters and more of a Grandmother to me than an Aunt.

Her faith and strong sense of family were always and still are an inspiration. 

There are so many lessons that are still with me to this day that came not only from her, but from my Mother as well…

Help those less fortunate.

Be hospitable.

Feed EVERYONE who comes into your home.

Be there for your family, always.

God/Jesus IS LOVE (no matter what stupid humans want to portray)

Laugh. There is humor in everything.

Pray for your enemies.

For me, the greatest wisdom she ever shared came in her last days during a conversation with my Mother. She said that she knew what life was all about and it was truly the only thing that mattered in the end.

Life is about loving people.


That’s it. It’s so simple and we complicate the hell out of it, but just loving each other is everything. Love them. Love them unconditionally. Love them fiercely. Just love them.

12 thoughts on “The Purpose of Life”

  1. To this day she inspires those that she touched directly, and indirectly through each of us.
    Thank you for passing the inspiration forward.

  2. This is beautiful. She was beautiful. I too have many fond memories of summers spent with Titi Gloria, we have that in common! Greatest wisdom she imparted to me personally was to always “choose Life”. No matter the situation, choose life. She certainly knew how to Love you, in just the way you needed to be loved. Miss her too…

  3. Thank you Sisi for honoring my mom this way. She loved her family fiercely and everyone is family! We honor what she instilled in us by continuing her legacy in our own homes. The side affect of having an open door for all shows how wise my mom was because all the ‘adopted’ kids bring so much joy and laughter!

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