I called my friend Greg today to see how he was doing. As I wrote before, Greg is dying (You Have to be Present to Win, Our Appointment with Life). Today is such a beautiful day. Sunny and breezy. I was hoping that he was getting some pleasure from the perfection of this late summer day.
But Greg’s son answered the phone and told me that Greg died a few days ago. How could that be? I just saw him last week. Yes he was dying, but did not seem that close to death. The laughing, meandering, remembering conversation we had did not seem like a last conversation. I thought I would see him again. I thought I had time to say goodbye.
But perhaps last week’s conversation was a perfect last conversation, full of smiles and friendship. Relaxed and easy. With hugs and promises of future visits.
When I asked him about dying, he said he thought he would go to sleep and wake up in a better place. And so he did.
Goodbye, my friend.
Open the door of your treasure today, for tomorrow the key will not be in your hands. –Sa’di
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) is a program to help us develop habits to grow a joyful spirit. Many of us sabotage our happiness by habits that we might not even be aware of. Identifying and changing these habits can build a reservoir of well-being to enhance our happy times and sustain us during challenging times.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Open the Door
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I am sorry for the loss of your friend. I'm glad you had that conversation.ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend, but so glad you had a special friendship and parting words that were meaningful. I know that is a small comfort only and that the sense of loss and grief will need to run the course of time. Let me know if there is anything I can do.