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A New Beginning Because of a Life That Has Passed...

Sunday, February 28, 2010

As most of you know we attended the services for my Sister In Law this weekend. It was very moving and very sad but I came away from this with a renewed feeling about death. As I was sitting at the services and listening to the beautiful music that Barb had chosen for her services and listening to the tributes from people that had been touched by her life I realized so much. I realized that when one really "LIVES" their life with positive energy and a true appreciation for every single thing that touches their life like Barb did then dying is not the end but the start of life for those who you leave behind. If everyone can see through the grief and realize that the beautiful way she lived her life touched us in such a positive and loving manner will forever change our lives. Her positive attitude and her non judgemental way of living lives on to immortalize her in all the people whose lives were touched by hers.

~As in the words of Albert Pike~

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."


Only those who live self absorbed in their selfish little world will not see the beauty that this lady left behind. I feel so lucky to have had such a lady in my life and I feel that life will be different for me in many ways. When I leave this world I want to bring to the people that I leave behind a legacy of joy, a sense of satisfaction and hopefully an understanding of living life to its fullest as being much more important then worrying about my life coming to an end. Her life might have been taken from the world earlier then most but all that she accomplished while alive is more then most people could do if they lived a thousand years.

Living life as expressed by Martha Beck is the way Barb lived by listening to her heart, we all need to learn this beautiful way of living as well ...

"Your body is free but your heart is in prison. To release your heart, you simply reverse the process which locked it up. First you begin to listen for messages from your heart—messages you may have been ignoring since childhood. Next you must take the daring, risky step of expressing your heart in the outside world. . . . As you learn to live by heart, every choice you make will become another way of telling your story. . . . It is the way you were meant to exist. If you stop to listen, you will realize that your heart has been telling you so all along."



Thank you Barb for teaching us to listen to our hearts!



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  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    Wow, what a beautiful tribute to you SIL. I loved the quote: "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." That quote is so very true and something I always try to do. I also think that living life to it's fullest and not letting your comfort bubble hold you back is something that you can leave behind for others as well. PUDLECRAZY put up a great blog entitled "Lesson in Impermanence" which goes along with what you are saying. You should read it if you get a chance.

    You have touched many lives here on SP and the beauty of whom you are will always be remembered by me and many others!!

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    Cathy
    4160 days ago
  • THE_SILVER_OWL
    That was truly a wonderful and moving tribute. The quote,

    "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."

    is powerful, true and one I want to remember. I think most people would be very honored to have those words spoken about them after they have passed. Thank you for giving us a gift as well as sharing your respect for a life well lived.
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    ~JJ~
    4162 days ago
  • MTNHIKER1971
    very moving... thanks Ruth. Leading life based on decisions from the heart is the only way to go...


    4164 days ago
  • JRAUTIO
    Beautiful sentiment, RASTUS55. Condolences on the loss of such a special lady. --Julie
    4166 days ago
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    Beautiful!
    4167 days ago
  • MEOWMAMA3
    Another lovely tribute to Barb, and great words to live by....really LIVE by!
    You are one fierce sparker my friend! Glad you've been able to push past the grief somewhat and put it all in a positive light! That takes heart and courage, and you, Ruthie, have tons of both!!!
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    4167 days ago
  • DROWSYMAGGIE
    This is a lovely tribute to your dear sister-in-law.
    4167 days ago
  • OLDERDANDRT
    emoticon my sincere condolences, my friend. What a beautiful way you will remember her. You are a remarkable lady.
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    4167 days ago
  • JERSEYGIRL1950
    You rock lady that was beautiful and happy to see you back on the boards again..sure did miss you which proves you already touched my life you old fart!!! They should have a whoppi cushion too..you know with that other goodie I mentioned..hehehehe emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4167 days ago
  • AMYLOVESTZU
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon that was so touching .. You have a way of putting thing my friend ..
    hugs and much love is bing set you way..
    Amy
    4167 days ago
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