Posts Tagged ‘death

29
Nov
12

Your best year yet begins the day you die

I recently sent a birthday greeting to a high school acquaintance when his name and profile picture came up on my Facebook birthday announcements. I said, “I hope it’s your best year yet!”  The next day I got a message from my classmate’s spouse telling me the individual had died three months earlier “so it was NOT going to be his best year yet.”

Her anger and disgust at my well-intentioned wish was palpable. In today’s world where everyone is linked but few know each other we often need to take a pause before posting our responses. People always ask how my father is. He passed away four years ago but I’m humble enough to know that not everyone in the entire world is aware of this fact, even my “friends” on Facebook.

I guess it all boils down to whether you think that death is the end of it all or the beginning. My guess is that from the title of this blog you know where I stand. And in the greatest of all of life’s mysteries, we will never know until life as we know it ceases. If it is the end of it all and it’s truly “lights out” what’s so bad about that? If it’s the beginning of it all and we have lived our lives to the fullest, isn’t it a time to rejoice?

Whatever you believe, live it large so when the curtain comes down on the stage of your life you can take a magnanimous bow. Be like Frank Sinatra who did it “My Way” or live a life in servitude to something greater than you.

Yesterday I got word that a dear friend of my father’s, a mentor and an amazing author and speaker, died. Zig Ziglar lived a hundred lifetimes during his stay on earth. He touched millions of lives and now he has graduated to Heaven. It was so beautiful to see the comments streaming throughout social media, the phones, blogs, and other means about how he had touched so many lives and the unbridled expressions of joy that he was finally home. His best year was just getting started!

People were rejoicing a life well lived and celebrating the ultimate homecoming, not posting snarky comment about Zig “NOT” having his best year yet. His family, although missing him physically, will rejoice the rest of their years for having had him in their lives until they are reunited. It’s his time to meet his creator, time to be reunited with other brothers and sisters in Christ, time for all the questions of the universe to be answered and the pain of injury, illness, and aging to stop.

Everything I do in life is based on eternal hope in living life as a reflection of the Creator and an eternity spent worshipping Him. The French Jesuit and philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said it best: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.” And if you accept this, your death WILL be the beginning of your best year yet that will last for all eternity.

21
Sep
12

it takes a good fall to know where you stand

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

It’s the first day of fall, my absolute favorite season. Some lament the passing of summer with the inevitable onset of winter when things die and lay dormant until the rebirth of spring. But I think fall teaches us about how we reveal our own brilliant colors.

The gorgeous fall foliage is actually a result of the trees stopping production of chlorophyll, which gives the leaves their green color. As the days turn shorter, the warmth of the sun wanes, the waters from the heavens become scarcer, and the trees stop making food and start living off of their stores. But it’s exactly this drawing back that reveals their true colors and it’s what makes this season singularly spectacular.

It’s easy to be vibrant and flourishing when the sun is shining and the waters of abundance are plentiful. But life guarantees that there will be times of scarcity. And that’s where we can truly shine. When our health or finances are on the wane, we must dig within our stores to keep ourselves alive.

I love fall because it symbolizes a time when life is giving out more than it is taking in. It’s a reflection of the months of warmth and plenty and growth in a kaleidoscope of gratitude.  It’s a swan song that always reminds me that the best is yet to come and the older we get, the more wisdom and beauty we can display.

So enjoy the times of drawing down in your life, whether it’s in physical years left to live, or in the loss of a friend or a loved one. It’s your time to display your brilliance and show others what’s truly running through your veins.




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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