#200: Life Is For Living
Friday, January 15, 2010
Several years ago, within 2 1/2 months, we lost three members of our small family.
First, on October 29, nineteen-year-old Ryan was killed in Indiana when an impaired driver crossed the road and hit Ryan's car. Those of us here in Florida couldn't go to his funeral because Mom was severely ill and in the hospital.
On December 21, Mom passed away. Relatives in Indiana couldn't come here for her funeral because her brother, my last uncle, Bud, Ryan's grandfather, was gravely ill. He died on January 13.
It was, and is, a sad time of year for us.
But now, since that period has passed on for another year, I can focus on living a life they would have been proud of:
Volunteering to help others, rescuing stray dogs and cats, trying to uplift as many people as I can through SparkPeople and overall being a responsible, mostly mature adult.
If it's true that life is for the living, then let's make the most of our time left on earth.
Why spend it in depression? Yes, times are tough, but we can still be happy for what we do have.
Anger? Bitterness? Hatred? Why bother with negative emotions? As we found out -- Dad died at 48, sister Diane at 51, two uncles at 42 and 44 -- life often comes to an unexpected and early end.
Yes, they are all in a better place without pain and misery and those of us remaining recall them with love.
But to honor them, and your lost ones, we need to be upbeat and positive and follow what the Boy Scouts taught me so many decades ago:
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.
Leading this kind of life may be the highest honor we can bestow on loved ones who have passed on.
Won't you try?