Last week I attended a memorial service at the base chapel for a man that I worked with but had limited interaction. The two times I spoke with him he was always very pleasant and helpful. I didn’t know him personally, but I felt that I should attend to show support for his family; to show him brotherly/sisterly love in death and to support the very creed and essence that we hold so dearly in the military ~ to honor each other.
I didn’t know he was sick. During the time that I dealt with him he was dying of cancer, but he chose to continue working as long as he could. One day he was there and then I noticed he wasn’t around anymore. What strength he must have had to continue on and help people all the while knowing he was loosing a battle with cancer.
The memorial service was upbeat. People remembering with photos depicting a young man’s life as it journeyed to an older more expierenced life. The things he held dear and nurtured. He loved his family and he grew and cared for his pecan trees.
I am thankful for many things. One of which is to use my running in a caring and positive way. Every moment is a precious gift. Someone once said to me life is great ~ as long as you have your health. I guess in many respects this is true. Pain and suffering tend to put a different spin on things. As we left the chapel they offered pecans from his pecan trees. I took one and I will save it as a reminder that something so small, with the proper nurturing and passion can become so massive if you have faith and patience.
I am thankful.
I leave you with a quote that was on the back of the memorial service program which I find lovely and worth sharing. It was written by Thomas Chalmers, a Scottish mathmetician and leader of the Free Church of Scotland, 1780 ~ 1847:
Live for something. Do good and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storm of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love and mercy on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year, you will never be forgotten. No, your name, your deeds will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind and the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving ~ Many happy thankful miles to you.