Are We All Connected?
I was at a funeral today and heard this question. The man that died, Al Miller, was the former President of our Little League. My father was his Vice President and eventually succeeded him as President.
There were pictures of him throughout the funeral home. In all of them he was surrounded by his wife, kids and grandkids. And he and his friends and family were almost always drinking beer. I can still picture him smiling from ear to ear. My kind of guy.
Mr. Miller was born in 1933 and his health had begun to deteriorate in recent years, so his death didn’t take many by surprise. He’ll be missed just the same though.
Something very bizarre happened to me the day he died. My wife and our two kids were away. We had taken our second Disney Cruise and were in Castaway Cay (pronounced key) on the final day of Mr. Miller’s life. It was a windy day so the kids and Clarissa were on the beach while I was floating on my back in the Caribbean.
Out of nowhere a thought of Mr. Miller came to my mind. It’s not like I hadn’t thought of him in the past. I had. But something about this thought this time caused me to think. I wondered if he was alright. We were on the cruise and had no access to the phone or internet. It wouldn’t be until later that I found out about his passing.
A few days later we drove back to PA from Miami after the cruise had ended. I had completely forgotten about the thought and it wasn’t until later that night that I was reminded. I had a moment alone at a grocery store and checked my facebook page. It had been a week since the last time I was on.
The first story I saw was a post about the coming funeral for Mr. Miller. Chills immediately ran through my body. It just doesn’t make sense. Why did that thought come to me the very day that he died? What is our connection? Are we all connected? It doesn’t make sense.
I don’t know for sure about Heaven and Hell. I cant’ say whether we are reincarnated or just dust in the wind. But what I’m absolutely sure of is that everything happens for a reason. There are no coincidences.
That’s what I believe.
What will we look like in Heaven?
The Pastor that performed the service told us a story about a confirmation class he had taught many years ago. One of the students asked him this question. The Pastor told him something that got me thinking. He told the student that his belief is that in heaven, we all look our best. Some people will look like they did in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Some look their best in their 50’s, 60’s or 70’s.
Whether you believe in Heaven or God or any religion whatsoever doesn’t really matter for this thought to have an effect on you. The Pastor could be dead wrong, maybe we all look our worst! Maybe there is no Heaven at all!! It doesn’t matter.
What does matters is that you start making every single day better than the previous one. What matters is that you make today the greatest day of your life! And then wake up tomorrow, rise and shine and do it all over again!!
I’m not necessarily talking about big muscles or six-pack abs. I’m talking about the glow from your face when you are truly happy with the world. There is a light inside of you that can light up an entire room. The world is a better place when you allow it to shine.
Shine your light every day of your life. It’s not too late, start today. That beautiful light inside of you will bring out the best in everyone. You have the power to help everyone look their best. Well all have that power! We just need to start using it.
Sometimes I think about when my number will be called. 87. I think I’ll live to see 87. About fifty years from now. So the way I see it I’ve got two options. You’ve heard them before; get busy living or get busy dying.
I don’t know about you but I’m going to get busy living the greatest life that I know how. I’m going to Rise and Shine for all the world to see.
Here’s to me and you, the best in us is yet to come.