June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009
An Angel Gets Her Wings

Today is Thursday. And it is a day I think all of us will remember for a long time.

See there are certain things that happens where people will always associate the day with a significant happening. People will remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. The person had such an influence on culture their passing is traumatic. The world event either heroic or horrendous.

For me those moments are usually associated with the death of a famous figure: President Robert Kennedy, Rock Hudson, Ryan White, Matthew Shepard, Princess Diana and now Michael Jackson.

The news today is Michael Jackson and Farah Fawcett have died. Farrah Fawcett lost her long battle with cancer earlier this morning. Michael Jackson has supposedly died from cardiac arrest this afternoon. I had heard Farah was not doing well. But the news about Michael was a shock!

Where was I and what was I doing? When I heard about Farrah I was driving to Lutheran Social Services to meet with Heather about the health fair in Fernandina Beach this weekend.

When I heard about Michael Jackson, I had just returned home from running errands, had groceries in my arms and heard the television as I entered the house. I remembered thinking it must be a joke. He has been rehearsing for his new show which was starting in London next month. I have friends who already have tickets.

But like all of us will do one day, they have left us. Their bright shining stars have moved on to whatever is next. The pain is now for those of us who are left behind. For as long as they remain in our heart, they will truly never be gone.

See in the end, all of us are just a drop in the ocean of time. How many people do we remember for more than 20 years? 50 years? 100? 1000? So to me what is important is living in the moment, doing what I can to make the world a better place and helping those less fortunate than myself. I do not expect to be remembered 20 years from now. Much less 50. What I get is the self satisfaction of looking in the mirror at the end of the day and knowing I did what I could to make a difference.

What about you? Did you do something to make a difference today? Sometimes it is as little as giving someone a smile to brighten their day. Amazing how something free can be priceless. So make a priceless moment and do a random act of kindness. I have heard it is contagious.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab