I have a personal experience I want to share with you today. It’s a VERY sad one I might add. A very special friend of mine left our earth plane prematurely. She was in her mid-twenties and full of life and I want to share just a glimpse of the impact she had on many of us while she was still here…
Out of respect for her family I will not mention her name. But she was the type of person who could walk into a room full of strangers and come out of that place with best friends. She was the type of person who made it impossible to be in a ‘bad mood’ while she was around. Always had a huge smile on her face and always had something witty to say to lift up your spirit. Although she was less than 5ft in stature, her personality was bigger than life.
The day I found out about her passing I had that ugly wrenching feeling in the pit of my stomach. I just could not and did not want to believe it. I went into denial, until the day of her funeral…
To give you an idea of how much she meant to so many people, I will tell you that it was impossible to find a parking spot at the service. Cars were parked on both sides of the streets for blocks, all there to pay their respect to our beloved friend.
Her family and closest friends were giving a speech about their experience with our beloved friend, and with each new speech a new box of Kleenex would run out. As they were reading their letter about their loved one, I slipped into a deep thought and started thinking; “What would people say about me when I’m gone?”
I know there have been occasions when we have thought about our own eulogy. But how many times have we lived the way we would want people to remember us? How are you treating others now and how will they speak of you when YOU are resting in YOUR casket?
The eulogies given that day about my dear friend shocked my subconscious. It reminded me of the fact that we could be gone tomorrow, or tonight! And the only things that we leave behind are the memories we created with our loved ones. The experiences we had with our loved ones. The question is; are you living in a way that will reach out to your loved ones? Are you living each day like it’s your last? What would people say about you and how you lived your life? Would you have inspired others to be better people?
My sincere intention with this message is to remind you of the fact that we could be gone at any moment and our loved ones will be left to speak of us and take us to our final resting place with the love we shared with them while we were here. Make it count!