I had written a completely different piece for you today, and I may share it with you at some later date. But today is different, because today I am celebrating the life of one of the most gentle, humble, wise souls I ever met, in the form of my cousin Steven, whose life was violently and senselessly extinguished, even though his presence was such an important source of hope, fortitude, and energy for positive change in his community.
Yesterday, I thought I would just blacken my social media networks and skip posting this. As you can tell, that idea didn’t last. And it is because I know that Steven would want me to make something rich and sweet of the pain of his loss. He believed in people, in light, in goodness. He lived in integrity with his beliefs and shared his talents, including his radiance, generously.
If he were to speak with me now, I imagine him asking me to make the most of the time that I have. To live each day with the awareness that it has been full, and rich and beautiful. To leave no room for regrets, by which I think he would not mean living carefully, but rather, living fully, correcting my course as I travel, open to the beauty of the people I encounter and reflecting their light back to them. I believe he would tell me to relish every breath and stop to appreciate all the forms of Nature that are present to me in each moment. He would ask me to listen to my Soul and use fearlessly the gifts I have been given. He would ask me to find something to laugh at. And I believe he would say this, not because he is no longer here enjoying the physical plane, but because this is how he lived.
Although there is no sense in the gap he leaves, with the promise he held, the many ways he helped others and the environment, I trust, because I must, that his life is a bright torch of inspiration to all that he touched, and that, through us, he is illuminating even more lives.
So today I am writing to beseech you to listen to the beating of your heart and know that it is a privilege to be alive, and to invite you to find one way, today, to celebrate life, yours or someone else’s, one way to leave a mark that you can feel fully aligned with in the world.
Thank you, to those of you who have reached out to express encouragement when I felt I needed it sorely. I am blessed by you, and even this is a gift that comes to me through Steven.
I wish you peace and joy, and a life well lived, moment to moment.