Life is so short.
I was recently blessed to spend 20 minutes with a complete stranger…an 81 year old woman who stopped to shop at our garage sale.
Taking her purchases to her car, she walked slowly, bent over from osteoporosis but still full of life and so much wisdom. We continued talking out in the road by her car for about 20 minutes, and I was honored to be shown pictures of her family!
Proudly and with love she told of her children, their spouses, and grandchildren, all of who have faced varying degrees and difficulties in life. Each obviously held different values, priorities, and goals but were still loved unconditionally by this sweet lady. She was now alone, after being married to her husband for 61 years, but not alone because her family was still family.
I find myself wishing to be her. Hoping that as time goes by, our family will be strong, feel loved, and free of divisive trials.
Time is short.
We are all imperfect….especially me, but I love them all, and hope that love will be returned just as strong when I am 81.
It became obvious to me that this precious lady had committed to live her life, loving.
Not just loving life itself, but living to love…each day, each moment, each family member…through trials and adversity, through good times and bad, through hardships and pain. Making a concentrated effort to let loved ones know she cares. Purposefully looking for the “little things” that need attention as well as the big things. She has pushed through all those things and is coming out on the “other side” happy and in receipt of the fruit of her many years.
To “Live Loving” is what it takes.
To my children, their spouses, my grandchildren, and friends…you are a gift I gratefully receive. I will try not to judge, burden, misunderstand, etc as we proceed through this one life together. Yet when I fail (as I often do), know that your forgiveness and love is appreciated and cherished just as much. Starting over and given the chance to “Live Loving” again will plant a legacy no one can destroy. Thank you for that chance, each time it’s needed.
We are going to “Love Living” through each generation of 81 year old men and women!
“…but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13