9.25.2013

To Life


Yesterday would have been 63 years of life for my father-in-law. And while he may not be around physically to celebrate with us, I wanted to make sure that we celebrated for him. If there is one underlying lesson that I could take from that man's life it is this--have fun. So that's what we did, in his honor. We went to dinner, we toasted to life, and we talked. A lot. Somewhere during our conversation the topic of his actual death was brought up and Shawn made a comment about how the whole thing is bittersweet. At first I was caught off guard by the statement as that is not a word that would first come to mind when thinking about what happened, but it could be basically summed up like this--the loss of one's life gave so much life to another. And while it is hard, painful, and sad not to have his father around, it is also incredible to watch how Shawn has turned the very worst situation into one of the very best.  

We all our given a choice on how we react to life. Sometimes we are dealt a great hand, sometimes we are not. But isn't it how we react to either of the two that will dictate the rest of the journey that we are on? May we see the best in the worst, act in love, and have an insane amount of fun along the way. 

To life friends, make it a good one. 
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15 comments:

  1. Its so important to live. To have fun. To not always be planning and being busy. I'm glad you took time out to celebrate in honor of your father in law.

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  2. Sorry for your loss, but good to see that you are using it as a way to see it in a different way. Sometimes it does serve as a reminder that we have a short time to celebrate, live, love and have fun!

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  3. LOVE this post. As someone who was raised by my Grandfather and watched him leave this world I can understand the statement of "bitter sweet" wholeheartedly.

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  4. We just lost my father 2 weeks before his 67th birthday. We chose as a family to celebrate his life rather than morn his loss. It has helped everyone remember all the good things and fun we had with him instead of just being upset all the time. Don't get me wrong, the grief hits frequently but we quickly think of his shenanigans and it puts a smile on our faces.
    Kristin

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  5. Yesterday was my MILs birthday as well as the 3 year anniversary since she passed away. We have the tradition of making Corned Beef & Cabbage on her birthday since that was her favorite meal and the first meal she made for me. It is nice to CELEBRATE her instead of being sad on what we miss. To Life!

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  6. We're given a life, we should LIVE it. Happy birthday to your FIL. Sounds like an excellent bday.

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  7. I love how you honored your father-in-law's life. My grandmother passed away yesterday morning and after not opening her eyes for three days, she opened them before taking her final breath.. when I was conversing with her for the last time, I didn't say goodbye but see you later.. I'd like to honor her life in years to come, until I see her again.. (I posted about it here: http://ugottahavehart.blogspot.com/2013/09/let-angels-lead-you-in.html)

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  8. I honestly could not relate to this anymore if I tried. When I lost my grandfather my world shattered around me, but I decided to make drastic life changes and it lead me to Florida, my husband, and much much more.
    I know he left this world so big things could happen, bittersweet is one of the most perfect words to use!

    p.s. I LOVE the way you celebrated!

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  9. you are seriously amazing!!! love the way you view life...and your husband. so beautifully written :)

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  10. I so desperately needed this post right now. My dad fell asleep in death on Friday afternoon last week. As sad and angry and confused as I am, my dad is no longer suffering. Thanks for reminding me to cherish his memory and celebrate his life. The day before he passed I read this post and an hour before he died, we played his favourite music and sang to him...he was probably laying there thinking shut up you're ruining my songs...

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