I was reminded today, of a conversation I had long ago, with a very wise individual I had the pleasure of knowing. It was not too long after my father had passed. The conversation had such an effect on the way I looked at his passing and life in general, that I thought I would share.
I lost my father not too long after high school. We had a super tight relationship and I was devastated. I remember experiencing some of the very deep miserable feelings one has during a time such as this. One day a very wise friend sat down with me to talk, (i remember this like it was yesterday) really just about things, not necessarily my father. We were talking about what my plans were for the future, how baseball was going, i was about to transfer schools and we talked about that a bit, and it went on for a while. Then out of the blue…he stopped, closed his eyes, and said very calmly, “have you noticed during this entire conversation you haven’t said one positive thing?” I was kind of taken back by this, but it was true and he continued, “you have all these wonderful things going on and in your life, and all I’ve heard was how you are worried, how you are scared, how they cause you problems and misery, how you are not too sure about this or that.” I sat there silent for a few seconds and started to cry, and of course after a bit, then the conversation about my father ensued and it went on for a little while. Then again out of the blue, he closed his eyes and said very calmly, “have you noticed during this entire conversation you haven’t said one thing about your father?” I was confused and again taken back, and he continued, “everything you spoke of was how it affected you, how this has burdened you, how you don’t know what you are going to do, how it’s not fair to you.” Of course he was right again.
Then he said to me, ” you have an awesome opportunity here, a great and beautiful opportunity. Your father, although physically gone, lives in you, lives through you, and is given energy by you, whether it be positive or negative.” I sat thinking and probably looking a bit confused. Then he went on, “every moment you sit feeling sorry for your self, every moment you are negative about the beautiful life you have… well, that flows through you to him, he feels your misery. Yet, every moment you go out into the world, live your life, enjoy every moment, do your best, have success, work through difficulties, the energy flows the other way. His energy flows through you, to enjoy the good times, and give you strength to work through the tough times. To one day watch your children grow. To see you live a happy life. To see your light shine and live through the love you spread to those around you. This is your beautiful opportunity, to live a beautiful life, so that he may live through you and your beautiful life…”
Man, such powerful words, such true words. So, I say to you, if you are going through this sort of time, you have an opportunity here. A beautiful opportunity. Make the most of it, not only for yourself, but for all of those around you that you love, and of course, for that loved one that lives within you…that lives through you.
I wish much happiness and peace to you all.