~Always give back more than you take
I love giving back...it feels so much better than taking away. Someone once said: "If you haven't
figured out what makes you happy and what you love to do...then you had better start working on
it." " After all God opens doors for us, He doesn't stand there and hold them open forever." Grand
advice that took me many years to figure out.
The older that I get, the more I enjoy the beauty and nature of a gentle spirit. I strongly believe that those of gentle spirit tend to live a more harmonious and peaceful life. For me: prayer, meditation, the calming sounds of a waterfall, music with the sounds of chimes, the harp, violin or flute, help me to not only relax but center myself to a state of tranquility that helps me to focus on the things that truly matter in life.
Writing articles and content for my blogs and websites, feeds my inner desire to give something back to society. I have been blessed to represent funeral homes for approximately 12 years and it is extremely fulfilling to have the opportunity to be able to extend comfort and support to those in need of a gentle spirit. It's important to me that people remember that I cared and I always took the high road. It's the old adage that "people don't care about what you know, until they know that you care."
I view life much differently on the other side of 50; as opposed to how I viewed it when I was in my 20's, 30's, or 40's. Life has taken on new and more pronounced role for me to play these days. I no longer have the desire to muddle through the waters of life, or to follow the pack. I have an inexorable desire to blaze a new trail. Its a welcome mat we all recognize as: Philanthropy. I yearn to give back to society, to lend a helping hand; to sleep a little sounder at night; just k
nowing that I have indeed accomplished a goal. I want to be an active participant in the well being of others. And by the same token I have no desire to be a bystander on the sidelines watching the world go by. Call it an epiphany. Call it a splash of cold water in the face. Call it an inherent yearning, to see the other side of 50 with new eyes; with a new perspective on life.
As of late I have came to the realization that living life to the fullest is all about being at peace with yourself, first and foremost. You must not only stand up for what you believe in, but you must also be prepared to look fear square in the eye, and go 15 rounds, if that's what it takes. Life isn't about always choosing the cards we want to play; sometimes it's about playing the hand we've been dealt; with a zest to win the game with honor and dignity, for the good of all humanity.
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I have been writing about grief and loss and have been involved with public speaking for many years now. Unfortunately I was thrust into the public circuit through the tragic loss of my son, 'John Keets'.
However, just as the path was chosen for my son; my path was also decided for me. It was not a path that I welcomed, in the light of anticipatory grief, lurking in the wings of our lives. But it is 'now' a path that I greet with outstretched arms. At first it was bewildering to stand in front of a crowd of people and carry the torch, that my son lit so brightly. It took every ounce of my being to fight back the tears and smile, when inside I was slowly dying with him; dying to be with him, in heaven.
The actor Josh Taylor from 'Days of our Lives' (and my s
on John's best friend and earthly angel) was of great comfort and encouragement to John, while John was lamenting about his next presentation. John shared with Josh that he always got butterflies, when he was about to give a speech. Josh reassuringly said, "John when you get butterflies before you speak, it means it comes from the heart."
God often chooses a new and profound passageway for us to lay tracks...and indeed (He) did just that. I was about to embark on a new journey, without the manual. Amazingly I never needed a manual, I just instinctively knew that I was meant for keynote speaking. It was an honor to communicate, to educate, to comfort and to reach out to so many people, that I wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to meet, had it not have been for the legacy of my son.
To this day I believe that God used him, his good nature, his good intentions; followed by good deeds; to reach multitudes of individuals with a passion in his heart and a soul for humanity. What an astounding honor it is to carry the torch, and I must confess, I carry it proudly.