Intense Time Off!
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 😊