Share |

The Light in the Woods

Celebration of Life

We celebrated the life of my grandfather today.  It was mixed with many emotions as we sat there at the funeral home.  He has been the most influential person in my life.  As we go through the different paths in our lives and reflections come, I have to force myself to take the time to really think about things.  I very easily remember what “was” and hope for what “will be” but recently have had trouble thinking about what “is” at the moment.

As we traveled to Fayetteville on Monday for the funeral I received a quote in my e-mail.

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose” Robert Byrne (American Chess Player)

Most of my life I have felt that I have had a life of purpose.  Many times I see the purpose as what I am working towards, planning for, or the end result.  These are important and part of the process of the “big” picture.  But, it dawned on me to think about the moments of purpose?  Those brief encounters or daily activities.

I heard many times these past few days that those memories of our childhood that are most vivid to us may not be the ones our parents would think we remembered.  Many memories I cherish are things from everyday life, routine events, somehow reflected in a snapshot in my mind.  They bring a smile.

Reflecting, Granddad always seemed to live in the moment.  When he talked with folks he always seemed to glean the most information from them about whatever the topic.  What was most important at that moment was that person.

The word that comes to mind about him……genuine.  My hope is to be as genuine as him.

This entry was posted in The Light In The Woods. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Comments are closed, but you can leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Comments are closed.