Well its been a bit since I had chance to post due to some unforeseen family matters.
The last time I posted was about one of my properties in Idaho and the issues we were having. In the spirit of this blog I mentioned a few things that seemed to bring me a sense of tranquility in the midst of turmoil. Those being a nice southern BBQ and a great service from one of my vendors, Boise Lawn Experts.
In the spirit of my recent events and this blog I wanted to talk about Family and how each member of our respective families is crucial to our upbringing. I recently lost an uncle to Cancer at a relatively young age. It could have been the camel straights or the exhaust fumes from his big rig. Possibly just life and the inevitable. Either way it was a quick and tragic loss.
The nice thing to come of all this was the tie spent with family and the time remembering how much this member meant to all of us. He, as they say finished well. Simply put he had many trials and tribulations throughout his life, some which caused much heart ache. He was able to find his balance and focus on what was important the last few years of his life. For that we were all happy.
Another common theme was how well he connected to everyone around. I mean this guy had a story about everything. He could walk into a room full of strangers and pick up a conversation with anyone and talk for hours. This was a very admirable trait one many people mentioned at his service. A trait I will forever remember and admire.
The more I thought about his ability to connect to almost anyone I realized this trait was a culmination of his life experiences coming through. You see without these trials and tribulations my Uncle wouldn’t have the same ability to connect to almost anyone. I know it helped us connect on many occasions. There was a lot of tears and conversations around the trials of his life and how it effected those around him. Thankfully he was able to pull it all together and use those experiences for good.
My encouragement and my sense of tranquility come from the lesson I learned these past couple of days. No matter what someone has gone through or is going through remember the big picture and help them turn those trials into a positive. The Sum of a man/woman isn’t in the fractions of their life but the total of those experiences and how they use learn and help others.
Make sure and tell you family, immediate and otherwise, what they mean to you.
There may not be another chance.