Intense Time Off!

Last Update: August 23, 2017

Wow… well that was a hectic, emotional four days!

I am finally back at my desk after much travelling between a niece’s wedding and the very next day moving on to a very dear friend’s funeral.

My niece and her new husband had worked very hard to provide a lovely day for the people they loved, to say thank you for all the love and care they had experienced during their life to this point.

It was a very moving, personal ceremony (even sunshine!) and everyone had a beautiful day.

The following day’s farewell to a person unexpectedly departing well before the generally accepted allotted age was a tough challenge. The number of people attending the service topped the three-figure mark and some amazing tributes were read out.

Many people speaking afterwards were shocked to hear of the way this person had quietly helped so many causes and people in difficulty. Most thought that it was only them that had the ‘story’ of how kind this person had been!

I stood and marvelled at this gentle, kind friend and that this was his legacy. To not need praise or labels, but just to be able to walk away knowing that someone was better off for you holding out your hand.

The phrase that I heard over and over that day was… ‘he was a genuine gentleman’. I hope someone had said it to him.

I have had a quiet smile many times in the past few days, I am proud to have known someone who genuinely understood the value of paying it forward, that people not ‘things’ matter most. A lesson that I will try to uphold.

Always keep striving, but be kind on the way!

Onwards and upwards, Sue 😊


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TammiP Premium
Well said..sorry for your loss.

T
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Calmkoala Premium
Many thanks T :)
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bigrog44 Premium
Thanks for sharing, Sue.
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Calmkoala Premium
Many thanks for stopping by Rog. I appreciate your kind words, Sue :)
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bigrog44 Premium
No problem, Sue.
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Internetgranny Premium
Lovely post and reminder of how important it is to say kind words that someone deserves today - because tomorrow may be too late...
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Calmkoala Premium
It's certainly times like these that are strong reminders to cherish people we care about, Sue :)
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JeanBrickley Premium
What a wonderful tribute to the deceased. And a reminder to us to pay it forward too. Thank you. :)
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Calmkoala Premium
Thanks so much Jean!
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TheDummyOfWA Premium
What a beautiful, inspirational post!! Even though I didn't know this friend of yours you speak of, I too hope they had the chance to hear those kind words from others before they passed on! So often, people leave the kind words to be said at memorials, when it is too late for the person to know how much they were cherished! Your post says it all, "Say those words now because tomorrow is not guarantted to anyone!" Thanks for sharing, and hoping you're doing okay! :)
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Calmkoala Premium
Hi Terry, many thanks for stopping by and your own kind words. Sue :)
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