Left. . .

When you die, don’t worry about your body… Your relatives will do whatever it takes. They will take off your clothes They will wash you. They will dress you up. They will take you out of the house and deliver you to your new address.

Many will come to the funeral to honor you. Some will even cancel their plans and ask for labor to go to the funeral.

Your things you didn’t like to borrow will be sold, donated or burned. Your keys, your tools, your books. Your CDs, DVDs, games and collections will go to those who love them or given away by those who don’t value them.

The world won’t stop and cry for you, though some will certainly miss you – for a few moments.

The economy will continue. You will be replaced in work. Someone with the same or even better ability will take your place.

Your property will switch to heirs. And don’t doubt that about you for the small and big things you have done in your life will speak, judge, doubt praise and criticize you and those efforts.

People who only knew you face will say, ′′ Poor thing!” Your good friends will cry for a few hours or several days, but then they will laugh again. Your pets will get used to the new owner. Your pictures will be hanging on the wall for awhile, then they will be put on furniture and finally stored at the bottom of the box. Deep pain in your home will last a week, two, one month, two, one year, two… Then you will join the memories and then your story will end. It will end among people, end here, end in this world.

But your story begins in a new reality… in your life after death. Your life was earthly – the things you had here will lose the meaning they had. The things you considered permanent and lasting will fade like the beauty of your body. You will give up your last name, property, loans, working position, bank accounts, housing, cars, academics, classmates, trophies both large and small, your home, your friends and yes your identity.

The only thing that has the potential to last, toy outlive you is the energy, presence and understanding you showed and shared with the world. So live in that reality, grow from it, bloom, flourish and and teach others to do the same. As Francis of Assisi said, ′′ You won’t take what you have from here. You only take what you gave!” 


Peace and Love, Jim

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