I’ve just returned from three quick days in FL, where I buried both my grandmother and mother. My grandmother passed away last week at the ripe old age of 94. My mother passed away, gaining her angel wings, almost 7 years ago at the far too young age of fifty-eight. It was decided back then we’d have a dual service when my grandmother got hers.
The day of the service was gorgeous. Sunny, blue skies, and over 60 degrees. I’m sure those two planned it that way. It had rained the several days prior.
When our loved ones are still living, we don’t often think about what they’ve brought to our lives, or the impact they’ve had. It’s not until they have gone that we reflect and discover the full meaning of what we’ve learned about life from them, and how they have affected us.
The greatest thing I learned from my mother was kindness. She not only told me how important it was to be kind, she showed it through her words and actions. Both personally and professionally. I’m always amazed how just a little kindness can go so very far.
From my grandmother I learned strength. She endured a lot of adversity in her life but faced it strongly. Both internally and externally. If something bothered her, you never knew it. Even when times were hard, she would just keep on moving forward. It reminds me that I am stronger than I might otherwise think I am.
Who knows if those are the legacies they meant to leave behind. Maybe it was conscious for them, maybe not. But that is what I have learned from the two of them. Kindness and Strength.
I am so grateful and fortunate to have had such a loving, kind mother, and a caring, strong grandmother.
And I have the wisdom they’ve imparted to me as I move forward in my own life.
Take a few moments and think about important people in your life who are no longer living and what you learned about life from them. Does their wisdom guide you?
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