My Mom and Dad are both 90 and recently went to the funeral of a good friend. I was kind of nervous to call home and ask how it went because I know I would just be a mess if a good friend died. But I took a deep breath, called, said my condolences to mom and asked her how it went. Her answer shocked me! She said, “Oh it was great! We got to see all of our friends.”
Oh my. That rattled me. It made me take stock. Am I connecting enough with those I love so much? I say I love them, but what am I doing proactively to connect with them? Will funerals be where I will see my friends? That is just an awful thought to me.
How about you? Who pops into your head that you love but have not connected with? Are you OK with just seeing them at future funerals?
I just had the great opportunity to listen to presentations by 43 students. In their own creative way one by one they described 1) who they are, 2) what they love to do 3) what they have done and 4) what they will do. I would estimate that 80% of each presentation focused on great relationships with family and friends. There were so many joy-filled, smiley, goofy and huggy pictures! Relationships. Being together. Loving on each other. Laughing. Taking time.Making memories. That and faith and health seemed to stand out as to what is important to the majority of people.
But back to the disturbing thought. I can rattle off a list of people I love with my whole heart and I am sure you have your list as well. But with too many I have not connected with in too long. Or it just goes way too long between visits. Oh sure, I can say I am busy and I don’t have time and I’ll do something about that soon. But I also see that as I get older more and more people I know are experiencing sudden loss and death of loved ones. Will I do better than only seeing these dear people at funerals?
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