Monday, June 6, 2011

Monday Mimisms ~ The Dash

What do I want to talk about today? Isn't that why we're here? I write. You read. If only I had something important to say. Hmmmm.....perhaps stream of consciousness is in order on this first Monday in June.

Have you ever noticed how life seems to flow between massive spurts of change and smooth sailing stalemate status? One minute you're bored with the status quo and the next it all comes together before your eyes.  This week I saw the end of one life and the beginning of another.

I kissed my son on the cheek as I left him standing on the steps of his new home. "You've started a new chapter in your life today. A new life. I'm so proud of you." I drove away with a surreal sense of how quickly things change. I couldn't help but notice that the first thing he'd done was hang a hammock in the yard. So unlike his mother. But it made me smile. I hope this simple pleasure brings him  -and his lady - joy and contentment. 

No sooner had I settled in back at the Palace when the phone rang with news of another beginning. Someone I knew and greatly respected had passed on into eternity. Today at the funeral there was talk of family and memories, purpose and he defined himself through the space of 82 years. "What will people say about you when your time on earth is through?" asked the pastor. "Will you have made a difference? Will you have left your mark?"  My friend certainly had. His zest for living and honest authenticity never left you wondering where you stood with him. Such a simple man in worldly terms but one who knew exactly who he was and stood in it.

 The birth of each soul on earth and the return of each soul at the end of life are experiences common to us all...but "the dash" in the middle between those two points is what counts, said the preacher.  Sure I want my life to count for something bigger than myself. Sure I want to make a difference, but must I dash? Does your passion and purpose have to be a race to the end? I wondered, as I sat there in my funeral clothes, if defining yourself and "trying" to make a mark is missing the mark, when really, living your true self is making a mark after all.  At least that's the life I'm hoping for. 

I think I'll keep doing what I do and being who I am...with one small change.

I need a little more of this.


Jamie said...

For you maybe a deck chair so that even though you are being lazy you are still going somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Life is all about endings and beginnings... nothing stays the same.

The pastor's questions...
"Will you have made a difference? "Will you have left your mark?"

I wonder about that all the time.

Mike Golch said...

Mimi,I have an award waiting for you on Golch Central's Rambling Stuff come and get it!!!!

Travis Cody said...

I figure you have to start somewhere and finish somewhere, but you don't have to rush from one to the other.

Sometimes I wonder about my legacy, but then I'll catch myself upside the head with the thought that as long as I did the best I could for myself, my family, and my community, then that's legacy enough for anyone.

Ferd said...

I figure I have left my mark by virtue of my four children. I'll never do anything better than that! And I believe it justifies my being. Anything I give the world beyond that is just gravy.

No hammock at our house, but we do have a super-wonderful massage chair! :-)

The Gal Herself said...

Oh, Mimi, this is such a powerful post. It touches me personally because I just watched my mother, at the end of her life, watch her granddaughter/my niece graduate from high school and take off on her own journey. Thanks for sharing the observations and insights you gleaned from your son's new chapter and your friend's ultimate journey.

Akelamalu said...

Nothing stays the same, which is why we should 'live' every minute Mini. x

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