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Celebration of a Life Well Lived

November 17th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

golfing in heavenToday, it will be my privilege to attend an event that will show honor to a great man.  I am not attending a traditional awards ceremony.  I am going to his funeral.  The father of one of my dearest friends, since high school, passed away.  Today, I will be attending a celebration of his life.

When I think of a successful life, his fits the ticket.  He was 89 years old when he passed.  His visitation, last night, was standing room only.  It got me to thinking.  What are the traits of a successful man or woman?  Here are just a few that came to mind.

1.  He practice unconditional love.  When I say that, I don’t mean that he was never angry with those that he loved.  I have seen him very upset.  He let his family know when he was disappointed with them.  But, even when they were being “taken out to the woodshed” with their Dad they never doubted that he loved them.

2.  He believed in something bigger than himself.  He was a living testament to his faith.  He openly practiced his religion without pushing his beliefs on others.  His relationship with God was more important than anything else.  He knew what his faith meant to him and he actively engaged his family in worship.  He believed in his country.  He served in WWII as a Navy man.  He was proud of his country and his service to his country.  He believed in his family.  His relationship with his wife and his family was second only to God.  He believed in the goodness of his God, his country, his marriage and his family.

3.  He believed in his community and was willing to serve.  He was active in the workings of his community.  He actively served in his church.  He believed that he had been given so much by God that it was natural to give back. 

4.  He made others feel special.  He always made me feel that I was important.  I know he did this for others.  He was there with words of encouragement and wisdom.  He cared enough to show when he was disappointed.  I remember the last time I saw him.  His health was failing and Alzheimer’s was winning the battle for his memories.  His wife recognized me immediately, but his recognition was slower in coming.  He still had the twinkle in his eye.  He still smiled in a way that said that I was a special person, worthy of that award winning grin.

The sparkling jewels of his earthly life is his family.  They will continue to serve as the ambassadors of his legacy of devotion, faith and commitment.  Many lives have been changed because he lived.  Today, along with many others, I will attend the celebration of his life. His family’s faith in his final destination makes this celebration possible.  There are always some tears of sadness.  It is hard to say “goodbye for now”.  We will all miss him.  It is a comfort to know that he is now whole, healthy and living the life of an eternal soul.  He is, no doubt, playing 18 holes of golf and having the time of his life!

Please leave me your comments and if you feel that your network could benefit from it, pass it on.

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  1. Robin
    December 3rd, 2009 at 17:21 | #1

    Nancy, I cannot tell you how much this touched me and my family. You captured so much of the essence of my Dad, especially his love for his family and his faith in his God’s love for him. You honor him and us with your beautiful words. Thank you for taking the time to tell others about my very special amazing Dad. He would be truly humbled and honored.

  2. Cheri Tietz
    December 6th, 2009 at 14:46 | #2

    I just got up the emotional nerve to read your blog and I want to thank you so much for the very kind words. They really meant alot to me as I sit here with tears in my eyes knowing how much dad meant to his family but also all the other lives he touched. I’m glad you one. Thank you again. I will pass this on to all my family. Thanks for being a special friend to Robin and to us.

    Love Cheri

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