It has happened again. Someone I knew and cared about has died suddenly, and unexpectedly. She was way too young for any of us to have anticipated losing her. So many of us are shocked and saddened at the loss. Her beautiful, loving spirit touched many, many lives, both professionally and personally.
So many of us wish we had one more chance to sit down with her, just to feel her gentle presence near us. So many things were left unsaid. So many missed opportunities to know her better. Everyone thought there would always be tomorrow. We miss her smile, her lilting laughter, her gentle caring ways, her energetic vitality, but most of all we miss knowing that she was a part of our lives.
I often write about appreciating our blessings, to not take anything — or anyone — for granted. None of us know when our last day will be. We also don’t know when those we love will no longer be with us. Don’t let too much time go by without letting the people you care about know how much you care. Tell them with your words and your actions that they’re loved.
For the people who you see on a frequent basis, even if they’re on the periphery of your life, take the time to get to know them. If they are a part of your life, their presence has meaning. Their absence will also have meaning. Don’t waste the opportunity you’ve been given to learn from them. Let them learn from you. Connect on more than a surface level, so that there’s a mutual sharing and celebrating of all of the life lessons that have been learned. Become aware of what they care about, what they’re concerned about. Let them know you.
For the people who are close to your heart, cherish them. Be sure that your connections are solid and strong. If there’s something that needs repaired, repair it. Nurture your relationships on a consistent basis with a meaningful sharing of time, communication, and love. Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Tomorrow may not come. Do it today!
I’m writing this post as a way to honor Jenny. May her spirit continue to bless all who were a part of her short journey, as we go on without her by our side.
Until next time,