Tuesday, October 01, 2013

And the Sunsets ..........

I found out early this morning that a beautiful soul has left the earth.. Given his health issues it wasn't totally unexpected yet it was. I knew that this day would come and yet hoped it wouldn't.

I met Tom at work and quickly looked forward to seeing what he would do everyday. Lots of times I would walk into the office to find him juggling, literally juggling - bowling pins, balls, golf clubs.

I love to hear the stories of Tom's days touring the stand up circuit, the people he'd met, the venues he had worked. Tom was always ready with a smile and a joke. His life stories and life lessons were amazing. I will forever cherish what he taught me about life and his amazing smile and laughter.

On Tom's desk there was a picture of his father - a big burly biker dress in drag as a playboy bunny for some charity event - Tom would smile and say " that was Pops and that picture is to remind us to not take life so seriously. Have a ball while you are here."  

Thanks for the laughs Tom - I'll forever remember the lessons. You lived your dash well.. Rest my dear friend.

The Dash

by Linda Ellis copyright 1996
I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
from the beginning…to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of allwas the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 
If we treat each other with respectand more often wear a smile,remembering that this special dashmight only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

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