“Being rich is living life on your own terms ~ according to your possibilities, not your limitations.”
~ Paul McKenna
I was on my way to the memorial service of a friend I recently lost.
I could tell by the way the women were dressed that the group around me were heading to the same place.
I stopped them on the street, and asked if they happened to be going to Riverside Memorial.
“Yes, how did you know?”
I could tell by what they were wearing, I suppose being in all head-to-toe black on the streets of NYC in May was a slight giveaway.
They shared they had recently seen her before her passing, and that she was laughing, in high spirits, and seemed to be doing great. They were so grateful that they experienced that last memory with her and can hold it in their hearts.
I entered the hall and sat down on the hard bench. There was really only one other attendee that I knew very well. A few of her childhood friends got up to share stories of the love, warmth, truth, and sincerity that she exuded everywhere she went. She was only 56.
“Only the good die young.” was a quote that was shared, and it is so true.
We never really know when our time will be up. Life is so incredibly precious, as I have recently lost my sister, it has highlighted the importance of our present time.
I went to the shiva a few days later to pay my respects to her family. Her brother shared how she did everything on her own terms. She was a warm, strong, independent, brilliant lawyer, woman, friend, and sister.
While we’re here, it’s important to be who we are.
Life is too short to live intimidated by others’ judgment or approval.
Live life your way~ with sincerity, truth, and love.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t take anything personally
Don’t make assumptions
Always do your best