My father-in-law passed away a week ago. His funeral was yesterday. In the years leading up this moment, he would occasionally hand me an envelope. On the front of the envelope were written the words To Be Opened On My Passing. It turns out he also provided the occasional envelope to his other daughter (the one who is not my wife).
The document inside my envelope focused primarily on things like accounts and finances and the people to talk to. The document in his daughter’s envelope was a statement he wanted read at his funeral. Here it is…
Life goes by quickly. Do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not. You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life … so live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember … and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past.
Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY! HAVE A GREAT DAY! REMEMBER …
It is health that is real wealth, not gold and silver. Live happy in this year and every year … and consider the following: TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN AND THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE, so enjoy the day while it lasts!
Your kids are becoming you … going out is good … coming home is better … you forget names … but that’s OK because others forget they even knew you. You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything … the things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called pre-sleep. You miss the days when everything worked with just an ON/OFF switch.
Now when you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear anymore. You have 3 sizes of clothes in the closet … 2 of which you will never wear. But old is good in some things … old songs, old movies, and best of all, old friends.
It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived. SO
STAY WELL, OLD FRIENDS, STAY WELL, AND FAREWELL.