“Why love what you will lose?
There is nothing else to love.”
I said goodbye to my brother this past weekend. Bill, who wasn’t my brother by birth but by choice and childhood proximity, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last summer. The doctors told him he probably wouldn’t survive past Thanksgiving. He did.
He not only survived; on some days he thrived. He turned a negative into a positive and decided to live each day with as much “good energy, prayer, and positive thinking” that he could muster up. He not only buoyed up his own spirit, but he also cheered up everyone else around him. His Facebook posts were inspiring. On the days he had chemotherapy, Bill reminded everyone to please pray for the children who were sick and undergoing rigorous chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
He loved children. And dogs. And cats. And birds. There was not a stray animal that Bill did not take in to care for and love. He was kind like that. His heart was fiercely strong until the very end. Everyone said it was because he was such a young man–57. That may be true, but I believe his heart was so strong because it was so filled with love. Love for life. Love for animals. And love for people. Mostly animals:)
Bill will be sorely missed. I say that knowing what a cliché it is at a time such as this. But it’s true. He will be sorely missed. The world is a little dimmer, a little less positive, a little less funny, and a little less joyful now that he’s gone.
What remains? The memories of witty remarks, funny retorts, inside jokes, shared secrets, mornings spent on the back porch drinking coffee, and evenings spent on the front porch drinking sweet tea. And who could forget that look he gave when his BS meter turned on.
Bill is gone, but never forgotten.
Keep praying for the children who are sick. Next time you start to complain, try to muster up some good energy or a sarcastic comment or a prayer, and breathe…be grateful you are alive. Use your life to uplift others.
“We shake with joy, we shake with grief. What a time they have, these two
housed as they are in the same body.”
~Mary Oliver“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
(Photo by Cindy Burns)
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”