A Final Goodbye

in Life.....As We Know It

I heard the news today that a friend had passed away.

He was probably one of the most upbeat and positive-minded persons I have ever known. His name was Jim Clark. He was born in Illinois, but lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And something about the OK spirit was alive and well in Jim.  Actually, he reminded me of Oklahoma's most famous son, Will Rogers. 

"I never met a man I didn't like."

Will Rogers was a Native American born in Indian Territory, way before Oklahoma was Oklahoma. His most famous quote was, "I never met a man I didn't like."  When I met Jim, my first impression was that I was looking at an llinois' version of Will Rogers!  I never told him that, and I wish I had. He would have just smiled and laughed and made some goofy comment about how he couldn't ride horses but he could ride a tractor.  

Maybe it was because of the cowboy boots Jim wore or the laconic way he kind of drawled out his words. Or possibly it was the constantly upbeat and kind nature he showed to everyone in every situation. He smiled more than any person I knew.  He wasn't naive, he was just filled with an unwavering belief in the goodness of the divine and he saw that spark of the divine in others.  Jim truly never met a person that he didn't like. 

The memories you create RIGHT NOW will make all the difference.

Death comes for all of us - the famous, like Rogers, and the not-so-famous like Jim and like you and me.  When it comes for YOU, what would you like to be remembered for?  Will your family and friends be secretly relieved when you are gone? Or will they sit around and be able to recall happy memory after happy memory? 

What you are doing with your life right now, in this exact moment could be the last thing you do. Are you sowing discord and negativity or are you filled with kindness and love? 

Some day will be YOUR last day. Some day will be MY last. I plan to spend the rest of my life focused on sharing kindness and love. How about you?