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March 11, 2019

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

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Recently, I was taken aback trying to come up with the words to honor all of the classmates we have lost. I can’t effectively do this, I thought. What I did know in my heart was... I can still go back in time, I can tell you exactly where I was when we lost someone. Some more clearly than others of course, but our classmates stay with me even now. 

I doubt many of us thought much about dying until we started to experience loses more consistently. That just isn’t a usual preoccupation, until it is, mostly we are looking toward the future. Our list however, seems to grow often under the most devastating circumstances. Personally, it doesn’t get any easier when it happens. Even when my connection doesnt run as deep. I was raised beside people we lost, they lived in my sphere for an immense portion of my life. It’s heartbreaking.

 

We all have many memories – hopefully most that are more pleasant than death. No matter what we did or felt, we all had an impact in one way or another on each other. I often think, some people it seems are shooting stars, they burn out creating a human ripple effect of loss.  Twenty five years ago, we went off on our separate waves, out to the schools of life. I’m also sure that we all, in one way or another, were subject to what Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Those fortunes at some undetermined level helped us to achieve some degree of wisdom. Wisdom often makes it easier to navigate as we get older. It should allow us to ask for help, give forgiveness to others,  and ask for forgiveness when appropriate. 

 

As time goes on, more of those shooting stars will start to fade, maybe our own. Have we done our best to laugh, love, ask-for forgiveness and give forgiveness so the unfinished business is not as significant as it was or maybe. 

 

Please take a little time to visit the memorial page, share your stories, antidotes, pictures of those who aren’t here with us. It allows us to give back to their memories the things we won’t be able to say in person. 

 

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