I was sitting here, watching TV with my wife. A message got sent to me via my cell phone. A lady that I had spent probably ten years with her as our number one news person in my radio station had passed away. And you’re going to have to forgive me, but I cried.
I ask for the apologies because I didn’t cry when my father passed away. He really wasn’t a father to me. He was a sperm donor. Period. I failed in my Ten Commandments. I couldn’t honor him. He left my mother, who is a saint, and my two brothers and I when I was all of 7 years old. My middle brother was 4. My youngest brother wasn’t even 1. And yet, when this lady passed away I cried. She was a great lady. A great talent, and she will be missed.
I received the notice via messenger, and when I did, the tears flowed. She was super-talented. She was a great lady. She was a great person. And I felt bad for her family. I felt bad that I only had a few short years to get to know her, yet she was one of those people that was always smiling, always positive, never really cared what was going wrong in her life, she brought a positive vibe to the workplace. That’s a very rare commodity, even back then. Today, I’m sure that’s even more rare.
When she was originally diagnosed with cancer, the community surrounded her with love and support. I called her from the desert to let her know she was in my prayers. She was a true friend. She was a positive influence in my life.
So, Mary Beth, I’m sorry, but I know you’re not suffering and you’re in a better place. For your family I’m in mourning with you. It’s terribly sad when a such a great person leaves us, regardless of the situation. Please know I pray for you and your family every night, and I’ve shed more tears for you than I can ever muster for others. You have been not only an inspiration to me, but for thousands of people. May God embrace your soul and show you the grandest room available in heaven. You deserve it.
For the rest of us still here, the lesson is clear. Embrace your loved ones. Let them know how special they are. Because even if they are viewed as “just” co-workers, they are positive influences in your life. Even if you haven’t talked to them in seven or eight years, they have been an extremely positive influence in what you have achieved here on Earth. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call them today!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!