Start of a New Week

It was an interesting week last week and I’m glad its the beginning of a new one. Two friends had people in their lives commit suicide. One was a buddy of mine that I spent time in the Marine Corps with who’s sister committed suicide at 31. The other was an old friend who’s 17 year old daughter committed suicide due to bullying. I had the privilege of going to the younger girls funeral and the words that were spoken were truly humbling. The line of kids that spoke showed how genuine these people were and how awesome the girl truly was. It was easily an hour and a half of speeches or more just from the kids. There were many themes to what they said. “She gave me the courage”, “Inclusion”, “Inspired me”, “Her smile”, and the fact that it wasn’t just the smile on the outside that made her special it was the smile on the inside. It was a true celebration of her life and showed that God certainly walked with this young lady as she embodied the characteristics and values of some of the very best people I know. For each of my friends I’m very sorry for your loss.
The moral of this story for me is be ever present in the lives of people that I’m close to as best as I can. Build memories with them. My friends were ever present with their loved ones yet the lives of these two individuals were cut short unexpectedly. I’m glad they will have good memories to look back on. Since I’ve tangled with death a time or two I tell you this…Life is delicate and can be taken from anyone in an instant. To paraphrase one of my favorite guitar players; we spend a lifetime building our castles and acting on our dreams with the people we love. Yet those castles, dreams and people are so very fragile. They’re simply made of sand and can and will slip into the sea….eventually. So be present with your friends and family and build those good memories with them. They’ll appreciate it and so will you……

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