I read this in an obituary recently:
In lieu of flowers or cards,
Dear Travel Penguin Blog Readers,
I never met Jim, kinda wish I had. He lived near where I was born and raised, I often check obits there, people around my age are often people I crossed paths with when I was growing up. Those 20-30 years older are often the parents of people I grew up with. Sadly sometimes the younger ones are the children of my classmates.
You are special to me. I know a handful of you. I wake up everyday looking forward to interacting in the comments. The statistics tell me there are many more that read, than I have never seen a comment from. I write for everyone of you. My sincere hope is that a photo I have posted, or a phrase I have crafted, makes your day a little better.
I hope through these photos and words I am able to express that life will be okay. It has ups and downs, we persevere and focus on the good. The today is all we have, the future is not guaranteed, the past we can't change. Find joy today. A pleasant smell, a silly giggle, an image that makes your mind wander, an oddity that distracts you.
Most people are good. Yes, there are evil people in the world. There are also a lot of people who are frightened, or hurt, or abused, that respond in the only way they know. If before we die we can each help just one person have a better life, we will have a life well lived. Remember the old Chinese proverb, it is better to light a single candle, than to curse the darkness.
I have had a good week. Nothing swopped out of the sky and tried to eat me. 30 years ago I was sitting in my office in Florida watching a flock of seagulls in the vacant lot across the street. Out of nowhere an Eagle swooped down, the birds scattered, except for a couple that were not as agile, one of them was the Eagle's lunch. As long as I am not lunch, I have had a good week.
And I know someday I will be the Eagle's lunch. Someday I will follow Jim into the crematorium. I hope when I do, I have lived each day in search of joy, helped others to have a better life, brought a little ray of sunshine into an otherwise dreary day. I hope that I have few regrets about what I have done, and even fewer about opportunities I have passed on. I saw a T-shirt recently that said, "If I die broke, rest assured I had a million dollars worth of fun." I hope Jim had his million dollars worth of fun.
Thanks Jim, I needed that, I hope my readers enjoyed,