My Grandfather used to say ‘crumples’ instead of crumbles – each time something bad happened in life we couldn’t feel sorry for ourselves. He also said ‘spoom’ instead of ‘spoon’. There were other little sayings that he will be remembered for as he passed away peacefully this afternoon. It was not unexpected but it doesn’t make it easier. There are a couple of passages that I’ve highlighted in the current book that I’m reading that I feel apply to life and the reason why we need to live each and every day in the present the best that we can because tomorrow is never promised.
“Our life is a constant journey, from birth to death. The landscape changes, the people change, our needs change, but the train keeps moving. Life is the train, not the station.”
“In life – there is only the present moment, the now. You can’t measure time the way you measure the distance between two points. “Time” doesn’t pass. We human beings have enormous difficulty in focusing on the present; we’re always thinking about what we did, about how we could have done it better, about the consequences of our actions, and about why we didn’t act as we should have. Or else we think about the future, about what we’re going to do tomorrow, what precautions we should take, what dangers await us around the next corner, how to avoid what we don’t want and how to get what we’ve always dreamed of.”
– Aleph, Paulo Coelho
Photo of the Day – Reflections
In New Orleans funerals are not seen as a time for mourning but rather times of major celebrations. They still have parades through the French Quarter after the death of local musicians to celebrate their life and all they have accomplished. The cemeteries there are not places of mourning but rather places to celebrate. Often you will find empty bottles of wine, scotch, etc.. at the foot of the graves, not left by vagrants, but rather ‘mourners’ who came to have a drink with their loved ones. This weekend when I go back home for the funeral I will try hard to not make it a sad occasion but rather one where we celebrate his life and take comfort in the fact that he will be reunited with my Nana who passed too soon over 21 years ago.