A dear friend of mine passed away recently, at any early age, leaving behind a young family and a beautiful wife. Our family went to his service together on Monday. We were celebrating his life and supporting his family while they deal with their loss. Our children grew up together sharing experiences on teams, playing in the neighborhood or learning in classrooms together. It was fun to reminisce our life experiences together as friends, families and couples.
As a father I was touched as I overheard my friends children talk about their dad with great pride, while knowing inside how difficult their loss will be as they grow up. I too have lost my father, thinking of him often and wishing he was still here with us.
Those who spoke at the service addressed my friend’s accomplishments and suggested he had lived a full life even though his years here on earth were cut short. These sentiments I agree with wholeheartedly; he was amazing, yet I knew this friend would have felt he had some music left in him.
I have written before about the intensity of feelings in times such as these but again was filled with emotion; as I sat witnessing the value we each hold in this world. I think it was Shakespeare who said, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” My friend, in what was referred to as a shortened life, lived Shakespeare’s words casting his beams throughout his life; never perhaps realizing it himself. He lived a life with willingness, even an eagerness, to reach his hand out into the dark to pull someone into the light. His light was optimism, it was hope and it was believing in oneself. As he walked through life he was unaware how many lives he touched and how his mark on life will live on.
Perhaps sometimes we think to ourselves, “Am I contributing in the game of life?” The answer is: absolutely yes, we all are everyday. While doing so the next thought could be, “Are we giving our full potential in all that we do?” Often yes, maybe not and if not, realize that giving more or our all; is no more difficult than being average. You all have personal and distinct talents and abilities. Know in your heart you have, you are and you will make a difference to all you come in contact with as you are willing to give of yourself. As you give, you will receive; as you receive you will be able to give more. We all have music in us; share your tunes!