“The well lived life of a beautiful young man.”
Privileged to work for the kind, loving colleagues, I do, I was again reminded today what is important in our lives. Priority. Love. Family. Faith.
As I embraced both heartache and celebration of a true hero’s life today -a near 16-year-old boy who has endured, battled, embraced, taught and loved through 8+ years of Leukemia, I was reminded that while my own challenges through mud continue, others too have their own muddy mountains that slip and slide. We also have hands that reach for us in the dark, heal our heart over time and with amazing courage, love us through darkness and light.
We were not surprised that this young man indeed “practiced what he preached” as his dad shared that M’s words to his middle school graduates just a year ago included the following:….(messages from which we all should live and take on our individual journeys…)
1. “Help others with disabilities.” They are not defined by the disability.
2. “Contribute to your community.” M was always in the corner of the disadvantaged.
3. “Always be kind to one another”. Kindness matters.
We were graciously offered that M. knew “the power of his purpose was to inspire others to do good”. And how can you not want that when seeing those bright eyes and big grin flash a spirit so real, piercing and full of faith and adventure, even through fatigue, challenge, change and the unknown?
Cancer is a curse and a blessing, and this young, amazing and ingenious man knew and lived this through his Faith and sharing that which he felt with others. “It is a curse because of the suffering. It is a blessing because of what flourishes from its presence.”
And finally, what struck me most personally, was a line that flashed on a beautifully prepared memorial video on M.’s life. “Family means never being left behind or forgotten.”
My friends, love those in your life today. Ensure they understand you will not leave them alone when frightened and unsure of the journey ahead. Pray. Hope. Believe. Love. And fierce, fierce loyalty always, as this brave family has done for their sweet M.
We are honored to have known you, M, or know those who love you. We are stronger for the gifts you have given and the messaged coins you have showered upon our hearts. We are gifted your presence and belief in a higher power that “asked” you to suffer for a reason I believe you know today in a more peaceful setting.
Today touched me, and I am thankful from a place that even I don’t understand.
“After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore.
Om shanti, my young man. Some day we will meet, and you will tell me how and why the mountains make us whole again.