This week has been a reminder that no one is immortal in this world. Everyone has their time and when their time on this plane is over they move to the next one, sometimes with warning sometimes without.
My heart goes out to all those who have lost someone special in their life. For losing a loved one is never easy and the memories they leave behind are all we have left to last our lifetime.
As I sat in a funeral this week I listened to all the tales of a life well lived. How even in death this mother was letting her family know it is still okay to smile, be happy, and laugh. What really started me thinking was hearing so many talk about how this woman found time to live life even though sometimes her trials were great and the heartache had to be overwhelming.
The stories of her favorite things and how much she loved not only her family but the little traditions she'd brought to her loved ones. Life for her was lived and lived well.
I think back to my own family members who've passed on and realize they still live within me through the time we'd spent together. How their loved shined through in everything they did.
It is these times that made me realize long ago it is those little things in life that are remembered by our loved ones when we've gone on. The fun things in life that help to bond us together as people.
I walk away from a day intermingling with people and wonder if the time meant as much to them as it did me. If I were to die that day what kind of memories would my loved ones and friends think of when they think of me?
One thing I hope my grandchildren remember is the time I spent with them. How much I adore them and love our little treasure hunts, our craft nights, and yes, even those nights when no one wants to fall asleep until well after the midnight hour.
With our children things are different. We were the parent, the guardian, the disciplinarian. We hope we instilled values into them for when they start their own families. With grandchildren, well, we can relax and be a bit more fun, because yes, we're the grandparents :)
I guess this week has reminded me how important it is to live each day to its fullest and never take a moment for granted. I think about, will this even matter after I'm gone, then I think, does it matter? This is who I am, this is what I do, and as long as I am happy with the outcome of the life I've lead it's all okay.
It isn't about competition, it is about being myself and doing what I feel is right in my heart. It is about the love shining in the eyes of a loved one at the end of our time with them and seeing the happiness that springs forth from the moments shared.
What I hope to leave behind when my time comes is that my loved ones know that I loved them with every ounce of my being. I treasured the moments shared. One day when they think of me long after I'm gone, I hope they can smile at the memory and say, "I remember when..."
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!