Some thoughts on the last few months

It’s been a while since my last post…far too long.  The last few months have made me pause and consider the reality we all face at some point in life, death.  I have known three people in the last few months who have departed this world much too soon.  One suicide, one cancer, and one a lifestyle choice.  I’ve learned a little from each person’s passing.  I can’t make sense of it, but it has brought my mortality into focus.  I pray that by remembering them and the impact they had on me, that I can continue to celebrate the legacy of their lives by living and sharing what I learned.

The young man who took his own life was a Soldier in my first platoon.  He was a gregarious individual.  Always quick with a joke and a fun spirit.  I’m not sure the reasons why he thought suicide was the only solution.  We never know what an individual is going through, and we don’t know what pain or personal torment is attacking them.  We have to look out for one another.  People are important, and we all have a responsibility to look out for each other.

I had a classmate who passed away from cancer recently.  I admired his courage in how he handled this situation.  He could have become bitter, but he made the most of each day he had.  He was an inspiration.  He set the example in dealing with a tough road with courage and dignity.

My best friend growing up passed away after losing a battle with drugs.  All of us struggle with something that can or does negatively impact our lives.  This struggle also impacts those that love and care about us.  My friend’s death really hit me hard.  I hadn’t seen or spoken to him for 15+ years.  Time and distance had separated us.  I’m terrible at maintaining friendships and relationships.  I’ve got to do a better job, and this reminded me.  I also realized how short and precious our lives are.  My friend was 3 days younger than me.  We only walk this world for a defined period of time, make the most of it.

Thank you for allowing me to share.  Please make the most of each day the Lord has blessed you with.  We never know when it will be our last.