A colleague of mine passed away yesterday. It was in the office, and without warning. One minute he was here working on a project... fifteen minutes later I stood watching as medics did everything they could to revive him... but he was gone. He was a sweet and gentle man who always had a smile and pleasant words when you passed him in the hallway. He even played Santa at the last several holiday parties. I am still numb.
It is always hard to lose someone in your life, but it seems especially difficult when it comes suddenly. There is no time to prepare, to make plans, to brace yourself for the tsunami of emotions that will inevitable follow along with the changes. It just engulfs you, pulls you under until your lungs are ready to burst with lack of breath. There are no words, just swirling pain drawing you down into the darkness.
I write today to try and make something good out of all this, to use it somehow fro the positive. All I can think to do is to honor him by saying to anyone reading – this is a cold smack in the face wake-up call reminder that life is short, there is no guarantee of even the next five minutes. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Say the I love you that you’ve been holding back. Give of yourself without hesitation. Forgive the wrongs and the people who have done them to you, and forgive yourself. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY! Embrace each moment of your day. Do the things you’ve been saying you’ll get to someday… because someday isn’t on the calendar. Release the fear and get on with the living of your one and only life. Stop worrying about what might be and regretting what you can’t change and living in the past and
MOVE ON AND LIVE YOUR LIFE THIS MOMENT – BE HERE FOR IT
It is so fleeting. Stop wasting your days in analysis paralysis when you could be living your dream. Stop settling and spending your precious moments on what will not satisfy!!! What would you do if you knew you could not fail? I know you just thought of something – begin pursuing it today. Pray. Ask. Seek. Find.
Today, in memory of my colleague, lift your face to the warmth of the sun, take a deep breath and thank God you can. Then MOVE ON in the journey with a bold new CONFIDENCE and RESOLVE and PASSION… for such a time as this!
"You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Love and blessings,