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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • "It's not the years in a life, but the life in the years"

  • It seems that some people leave this earth far too soon. The greatness they’ve shared seems too valuable to cease.  


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  • It seems that some people leave this earth far too soon. The greatness they’ve shared seems too valuable to cease. 
    Their kindness, generosity, compassion and social justice have touched so many lives. Always extending themselves to lend a helping hand, being a solid rock and base for others to lean on, regarding all people as worthy of their time, and finding good in all things. We wish these people could bless our earth for years and years. No matter how many years we get with them though, because of the life they have lived and because of the years that they were filled with life ~ their value will never end!
    The memories we share will ensure that their spirit is carried on for generations to come. Storytelling is regarded as one of the oldest healing arts; it has been used for centuries as a universal, useful way for a grieving person to cope with loss. Telling stories about the experience of a loss or of the person who is no longer with us physically, can inspire and provide hope during difficult times. Listening to these stories is central to grief support and is a key element of truly living life!
    So, those of us reading this article are physically alive ~ but are we truly living? Do we notice and appreciate the miracles of life at least once a day?  Do we make the most of what we have? Even in a moment, when we slow down enough to look around and to breathe in all the goodness that surrounds us, we can experience truly living! It’s like fresh air on a foggy morning walk, filling your entire body with a calm, clean perspective, when your mind started out full of duties and deadlines needing to be met. Sometimes feeling alive appears when we are sharing a passion with someone; enjoying life just as it is; trusting; singing; sharing a peaceful message or a smile; or perhaps trying something new. Just noticing, can lead you down the path of living, but add appreciation or gratefulness for just one of those things you notice, and you’ll feel thoroughly alive!
    We can learn from examples set by special people who are no longer with us, or from those who are, and begin today to live the life we’ve been given. We never know how many days we have ~ May you live everyday!
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