Only just back tracking a few years, when somebody's time on earth was up, when it was perfectly in tune for them to move on up the stairs to a lighter brighter day , we would attend a FUNERAL. A rather morbid affair with everyone dutifully clad in black and not a smile to be seen. Everyone spoke in a whisper out of respect for the deceased and their mourning kin.
NOT SO ANY MORE ... AND PRAISE THE LORD FOR THAT!!
NOW .... We attend A CELEBRATION OF LIFE!!!
I did so today. A beautiful soul who belonged to our local theatre and had 'oft times lent her skilled services to turn my locks in to one style or another or gracefully transform my fine hair into a mass of curls with a wig or 'piece'. All the while smiling and chatting even when not feeling so perky.
The place was awash with colour. We had been asked to dress this way. A veritable rainbow of feather boas and headbands with flashing glitter balls danced around the room of chatter and laughter before the service began. What a joy!
I looked around to see so many familiar faces from our community of Noosa. Extra seats were placed in the courtyard as the inside was bursting at the seams.
Wow! She certainly was some lady!I knew of course only of my personal feelings toward her. Yet did this display of respect for her not portray more than a thousand words could ever express?
Through out the 'event' there was both laughter and tears. Emotions stirred in each one of us as close family and best friends she had left behind, thanked her for what she had 'given' them that they could now and forever hold dearly to their heart.
They spoke of how she always had a smile , always had a hug. How she had touched their lives so deeply just by BEING who she was. She wasn't a celebrity. She wasn't a politician or a famous sportswoman. She never made the headlines in the daily newspaper! She was like most of us ... another Human Being on this planet playing her role at BEING human. And yet it was quite clear that to all she had touched, she was a star ... and a shining one at that.
It made me think about the affect we can all have on another's life. How will your 'Celebration of Life' be conducted? Will it be said of you that when you walked in a room ... it lit up? Will people speak of your kindnesses ? Will they talk of you fondly and speak of how loving you were and how you laughed and uplifted others?
What would you like to be said about you when you are no longer here? What mark are you going to leave on this planet? How will you have affected another's life? Will their memories be ones that they choose to keep close to their hearts? Will your Celebration of Life be like this lady's ... packed to the rafters?
Think on this for a while. Be honest with yourself. Do you make the most of your friends and family when you are with them ... or is it taken for granted that you'll see them tomorrow anyway ... and maybe then you'll be feeling in a more sociable mood? But that tomorrow may not be there. It may never come.
We awake with each new day . We never think it may be our last.
Keep in mind how precious this life of yours is. Each and everyone of us is so very important to somebody . Maybe many, maybe few. But everyone is important to somebody. Don't underestimate the glory of who you are and the difference you can make!
Give Joy. Be joy. When you leave a room let those you left in it ... feel exhausted from laughter. Let their spirits be uplifted because of the compliments you paid them. And most of all , leave them KNOWING that they are LOVED.
Make the most of every breath you have been blessed with . Do not waste it moaning and complaining of what might have been or what should have been. For you just never know when that breath may cease this time around. You just never know.
I know this lady shall continue to shine her energy back stage and in the hearts of many.
In Love and respect to a lady that knew (although she probably had no idea she knew) how to leave a lasting impression ... (will you?) ... as she took her final curtain call and settled down in her new home ... just a breath away.
A pleasure to have shared a small part of the journey with you Nolene!!
Love Light Laughter and Golden Rays