I had the unfortunate pleasure of attending a dear friend's mother's funeral a few weeks ago. I say unfortunate pleasure for the simple reason that no one wants to go to a funeral, but what a testimony the service was to this woman's life.
As I was sitting in the church listening to all the nice, positive things that were being said about this person, I couldn't help but wonder what my eulogy would sound like if I were to die today. Would good memories prevail? Would nice things be said about me? Would I be remembered fondly and warmly? Would a lot of people attend? I surely hope so.
My mind further extrapolated this scenario to my present day life. I want to live my life like my eulogy and epitaph would read. She was kind. She was generous. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister. She gave back. She hugged. She said "I love you". She will be sorely missed.
Everyday we all have the opportunity to live our lives better, kinder, more tolerant. When our eyes open each morning (god willing), we can live the most positive day we can conjure up or we can live in negativity, misery and hatred. I am far from a perfect person; I gave up trying a long time ago. But I strive to be a better person than I was yesterday. Today I choose to be happy and smile as much as I possibly can. I tell my children I love them everytime I talk to them and honestly mean it. I hug from my heart and soul.
I want to be remembered, not forgotten. And I want those memories to be good and full of all the love I had to give.