I don’t want to dwell on sad things but I also could not let the anniversary of my parents death go by without writing a little something here because I know many of you knew my mom (and dad) personally and may be feeling a little sad today as well.
It’s funny because no matter how much I think about this horrible day and the fire a year ago, the things that keep reigning bigger in my mind are their their lives and their hearts. That made me think about how important it is that we all live BIG. Something like a fire could easily be a big enough event to steal our focus and memories. A fire that size is scary and almost has a life of its own because it is so uncontrolled. If someone lived a small life, it might be the the scary fire that kept invading our thoughts when we remembered them. But neither of my parents lived small lives. They did many small (and big things) with BIG kindness and BIG love. They reached out and made people everywhere feel welcome and special.
So yes, I think about the fire sometimes but that fear and sadness gets so quickly pushed away by the bigness of their love and the way they impacted us all while they were here. What an important thing that we all live with big love and passion because that is what we will leave behind for others to remember no matter how we leave the planet. That step into the next life is so quick but what we do with our lives while we are here impacts those around us forever. How many people can we help while we are here? How many people can we love? Are there people we could make smile today with a phone call? Is there someone whose day could be turned around by a little encouragement? That is the BIG stuff of life. So yes, a little fire may be occasionally thrown into our lives but that is so small compared to how BIG we can live. I want to make sure the things in my life that should be big are BIG! It is our love and our passion that will live on long after we are gone and that really is a wonderful legacy. God bless you all.