This last weekend as I read the Sunday edition of The Columbian newspaper (The Columbian is Vancouver, WA newspaper.) I stumbled across an obituary for Thomas E. Schindlbeck. Mr. Schindlbeck had ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) so he knew he was dying. It also gave him time to pen his own obituary. I never met Mr. Schindlbeck but I wish I had. I’m sure he wore a smile as he summed up his life for people to read after he was gone.
He lamented the lack of information in obits and decided that his would be different. He left some advice for the living.
Now for the secrets of life:
Keep it simple, avoid drama,
say please and thank you a lot,
and always take the high road.
Everybody will bring you happiness:
some walking towards you, and some walking away.
If something is important to you, you will find a way.
If something’s not important to you, you will find an excuse.
Thank you for your words of wisdom. In the blink of an eye, I will follow you. I don’t have far to go. You remind me that my life is a gift. It’s time to use it wisely. Rest in peace, Thomas. Thanks for leaving the light on for me.