Yesterday, two men – one black, one white – were layed to rest in a Midwestern city. Each in their own way were larger than life. Each were also rich in what is truly valuable – the regard of their fellows. And in their families they also faced the symptoms of addictions with their loved ones.
Both men were very accomplished. One was a world renowned musician with a legacy that influences people internationally. As a founder of a particular style of music, he created a tradition which will be carried on by his manypeers, proteges and fans around the world. The other, built a business dynasty while acting in joint capacity to do service work with our country’s leaders, as well as those of his faith. In his 70s he earned a masters degree, and joined the Peace Corp to teach those in newly liberated eastern block countries how to be profitable entrepreneurs. Then in his later days he put his business know how to work for those less fortunate in his hometown.
Each of these men made invaluable contributions to their local community and the world in general. Both were honored in life as well. Born only one year apart, they come from the same town, different neighborhoods, but similar values. They were not inclined to mope about regarding the addictions suffered by their family members. They did not waste their life energy on empty passing of their days, but were instead active contributors in their own uniquely talented ways. They touched many lives. Yesterday, both of their lives were celebrated in funeral services, at the same time, just a few miles apart, in the same town. My dear friend was blessed to attend the tributes to both of these great, yet human souls. They weren’t perfect, but they were notable in the way they showed up for others in the world and passed on the gifts God gave them.
Affirmation for the Day – ” I am using the gifts God gave me for good.”
Remember to say the affirmation at least 3 times whenever you remember it, preferably in front of a mirror.
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