Friday, July 31, 2009
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As I read this today...I was thinking...yes...quite so - how profound. And then I began to wonder...is this true in everyone's case? Is it true in my case? I began to recollect old memories of decisions made in certain circumstances in my life's past and compared them to what I would do today. It is really quite amazing when you think of it...this rollercoaster we are on called "life". To think of the times in our lives, the people in our lives that have in ways, shaped our views and molded us as individuals. I began to think of times when I was seeing things through rose colored glasses...and the repercussions of such views. But, thankfully I can say, that through the "downs" of my particular rollercoaster that I have learned the lessons...some lessons took longer to grasp than others...but...nonetheless, I finally got it...and alas...there are lessons I am still trying to learn and understand. I find myself praying at times, "Lord, please...just let me get it...please let me figure out what you are trying to teach me NOW...I don't want this to be a long lesson". Even during such times, I am thankful enough to realize that there is something I am working towards and the Good Lord isn't finished with me yet. I am thankful that my hourglass seems pretty clear...the part that doesn't have the sand in it anymore...at least it's not fogged up.
And then I begin to wonder...what color is the sand in my hourglass? Tan? Taupe? No...no...not at all...it simply must be hot pink...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This post is in fond memory of an old high school friend named Chris Lutz. We rode the bus together during junior high, and then sometimes shared a ride in each other's cars (because that was "cool") in high school. Chris and I had recently reconnected through facebook, and he seemed on top of the world. Co-owner of a popular pub in Asheville and brand new father to a precious baby girl. It was such a shock when I went to his FB page and realized that he had suddenly passed away. I couldn't believe it! But as my eyes poured over his wall...my heart was filled with sweet emotion. So many of his friends had written on his wall, and not only that...but they wrote "to" him...as if he were still reading and checking his page daily (I decided to follow suit on that as well). I'd like to believe he is able to see the wonderful inscriptions that are written on that wall of his. It really makes one think about the legacy we will all leave when our times come. Chris lead a life that brought a smile to people's faces...even strangers. He literally lit up the room around him. I pray that I can be that light and inspiration. He did for his fellow man and didn't expect anything in return - a trait that seems to be dwindling in this era in which we live. Chris's death caused me to remember my sweet grandfather's passing and his funeral. I had NEVER in all my life seen SO MANY people at a place to give their respects and say their good-byes as I did at my grandfather's funeral. He had so many friends and good relations that some had to stand OUTSIDE the church during the funeral service - it was that packed!! My grandfather had been a barber in historic Matthews...he had so many great conversations with his clients. I remember being there on hot summer days when my daddy would be getting a haircut, and I'd go back into "Pop's" old office in the back of the barber shop, and pull open the old-fashioned refrigerator and grab an ice cold Sun-Drop, and listen to the men laugh while they were being coiffed. At his funeral a man came up to me and said, "Your grandfather was the most honest man I've ever known", that really sat with me...and always will. I sure do miss both of them, but know that I will see them again someday.
In closing, I want to leave you with these words that were posted on his wall from one of Chris's friends, Jamar Bryson: "...I could always count on you for a laugh, man you brightened so many peoples life and will continue to. You know we sometimes take that gift for granted. Everyone remember to frown less, smile and laugh more, share this gift with everyone you can, even people you don't know that well. Because that's what CHRIS LUTZ would have done and that's what he would have wanted. Love ya!"
xoxo - Kasey