Yesterday was my father’s birthday. He would have been 95 years old but he lived well for the 93 years he was on this planet. Today, my father-in-law, is going through the process of letting go of his well lived 90 years.
Both of them, though, spent a great deal of time reviewing and reliving as many of their past experiences as they could remember – eager to tell their stories to all who would listen, anxious to impart the life lessons they learned along their journey.
Yet, while each was/is reluctant to leave the vibrancy of living, both of them embraced the prospect of finding out what further mysteries await beyond this life. Their faith and hopeful anticipation does much to assuage the grief that I am feeling.
So, that is the lesson – live well, live with compassion; love well, love completely; and learn from each experience with no regrets.