Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Jack's Memorial Service

Is it possible to attend a memorial service without reflecting on how happy you are with your own life? Last night, I went to a service for my neighbor, Jack. He was 79 and died of heart problems at the end of a good day, spent just as he liked it.
Jack was the town's conscience. As the minister said- it was always interesting to get the Friday paper and see what Jack was passionate about this week. His letters to the editor were famous. Yet the church was overflowing, and what people spoke of was Jack's commitment, his contribution and his integrity.  There was no doubt that he lived the life he chose and he enjoyed it.

My tagline is life is short, struggle is optional. Every now and then, it makes sense to check in. Ask yourself if you're happy with the choices you're making. The answer won't always be yes, but if you find yourself saying no more often than not- make changes. What would a joyful life look like to you?

This theme is as old as the hills, isn't it? The post won't win me any new readers; hopefully it won't turn off my current readers. It must qualify as a blogger's "what not to do".  However- if this moment of focus causes you to think, feel, and maybe act just a little differently, then it's worth the cyberspace it's written on! Jack's service made me take inventory, and my days will be better because of it. I hope to share.

What I wish for you is that you love your life. Right now, today. Just as it is. Just as you are. Even if things are at their worst, be who you want to be in the situation. You don't have to wait. Life is short.