Understand that you own nothing, everything that surrounds you is temporary, only the love in your heart will last forever.
~ Leon Brown
Having been through a recent death in the family and the subsequent cleaning out of a house, I’ve learned first hand how the above quote resonates in life. For once you pass, none of the physical items you’ve accumulated mean anything to you anymore for you are beyond and not needing them. What is left in this physical world is the reminder of a life well-lived, items to be shared and returned and treasured along with the memories of a loved one who has passed.
What remains though, most importantly, are the memories of your loved one, the love that you shared, the connection that was forged over time and strengthened through moments of kindness, love and friendship. The love that will last forever is the legacy of a life.
It is the impact of your life on others’ lives that remains ~ whatever it may be, however you chose to live, to connect and to be in your own loving heart. I think that may be the question that is given to you at the Pearly Gates. How did you spend your life? Was it helping others? Was it sharing your love? Was it in finding the good, being optimistic and being kind? Did you try to do your best?
It is hard, even knowing a life was well-lived. To say goodbye is not easy. To dismantle a home once filled with love and happy memories makes me feel bereft at times. Perhaps I am too sensitive. Perhaps too much on my plate. Perhaps I feel empathy and sympathy deeper than most. Perhaps…just perhaps.