“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin
…And here I am in the middle of both.
I recently lost my dear nephew, a kind, adventuress, full of life and it’s wonder soul.
Gone way before he should have been.
Ripped from the living.
He was not finished on this earth, really just beginning, and now all we have are memories.
And the fine example of how he lived.
Which was fully.
I walked into his apt and on his bulletin board was a to do list of sorts-his goals-his things that made him, him.
Near the top, below Engineering job and Masters Program was Travel.
And below that was *Winter.*
He loved winter sports…skiing, snowboarding, and really anything that brought him a thrill…
And now he is gone…an unfinished life.
To honor him I will pick up his thread. A thread that he got from his father and also from those that came before, who are no longer with us physically, but whose blood courses thru our veins …and continue while I can…until that time when I too will come to the end of my finite days of doing and ultimately of being.
I will try and live each day…remembering his legacy that he left us…
To be kind and to do what brings you joy.
To do what you have to do fully…as there is only one today…the present each of us is given.
While I spend the next weeks doing taxes- the thing I do to make money to live my one wild and exciting life-I will do so with gratitude and fully engaged.
Different now than before -when I only looked at the tax season with drudgery-
Just a means to make my money.
Now I have the reminder…
Today IS the present…unwrap it and live it.
Thank you Jeff for the memories of our time together in France-I cherish them.
Thank you Jeff for my new mantra to get me through these days…WWJD
~what would Jeff do~